Craigslist is for Lovers… and Artists

Admit it, you’ve checked out Craigslist’s Missed Connections section on occasion. Maybe you thought/hoped that cute guy on the 1 train noticed you too or the hot girl at the bar last night was disappointed you never made your move. Or maybe you’re like me (i.e. married) and you’re just curious for the entertainment value. I mean, there are some strange little dramas on there and a lot is left to the imagination, right?

Well, Sophie Blackall, an artist and children’s book illustrator, has apparently been thinking a lot about all those random encounters too. She’s even gone so far as to paint these little scenarios and create a blog – aptly titled Missed Connections – to post them. The illustrations are really terrific, almost in the same vein as Maira Kalman (a little bit in subject matter, a little bit in style). And I love her explanation for why she chose to paint Missed Connections:

Every day hundreds of strangers reach out to other strangers on the strength of a glance, a smile or a blue hat. Their messages have the lifespan of a butterfly. I’m trying to pin a few of them down.

I only wonder if the people who posted the original Craigslist Missed Connection ads will ever see their stories illustrated.

Alas, another missed connection.

P.S. Check out A Very Small Array’s Missed Connection charts. Apparently, in the middle of the country, Walmart is a big singles scene.

[via A Cup of Jo]

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2 responses to “Craigslist is for Lovers… and Artists

  1. I admit, I love that section – it’s very Desperately Seeking Susan (even better actually) and will def be checking out Sophie Blackall’s blog. Just wanted to say thank you for leaving a comment on my guest post over at Holly’s today. I really appreciate it.

    • effyouitsmagic

      Totally Desperately Seeking Susan! (I love that movie.)

      You’re welcome! And thanks for returning the favor. 🙂

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