Etsy Find: Sophie Blackall

In the age of online dating and computer-based communication, some argue that spontaneous romance is a thing of the past. If you are one of these people, check out Brooklyn-based Sophie Blackall’s blog and Etsy store. Her art visually depicts “Missed Connections” posts on Craigslist in the NYC area.

Some are witty, some are charming, some are totally awkward. But all of her art reflects a level of old fashioned spontaneity and vulnerability. Don’t you wonder if these people found their missed connections? I hope they did!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Tree With Legs
-w4m (Prospect Park)

Nice pants. I’d like to see more of you…
BTW, your dog winked at me.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
-m4w (L train to Manhattan)
You were reading Catch-22 on the subway this morning. I have never seen such a beautiful profile. I wanted to say hi, but then you’d turn towards me and I wouldn’t be able to look at your profile anymore. You were so into your book, I don’t think you noticed me falling in love with you. But I thought I’d ask, just in case.

Thursday, April 22, 2010
-m4w – 26 (Union Square)
Can I buy you a drink?
-Buffalo plaid jacket

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
-w4m – 28 (Chelsea)
You: tall, brown hair, incredibly voluminous moustache, blue/green checkered shirt
Me: tall, blonde, wearing all black and Burberry rain boots
I boarded the uptown C train at 14th Street at around 10:50 on Tuesday morning. You got off at 23rd. You were staring at me. Hard. You’re really really really ridiculously good-looking.

Monday, November 2nd, 2009
You left your coat here last winter – w4w
… or rather, you let me wear it home.
I found fun dip in one pocket and your NYPL card in the other.
It’s going to keep me deliciously warm this winter as I rack up mountains of overdue fines.

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