I don’t know about you, but I shop on Etsy ALL. THE. TIME. I definitely can’t afford to ship myself furniture, but I love getting little keepsakes, trinkets, and especially journals on Etsy from artisans that have put hard work, independence, and usually recycled love into their creations. I’ve always been an antique shopper. I like to peruse flea markets and dig through the boxes of women’s costume jewelry, or rusted iron work. The atmosphere has a certain smell of curled brown photographs, and cardboard. I just love the vibe that comes off of previously owned, or particularly created goods. And that’s why Etsy is the perfect online shop for vintage and enterprising girls.
When I came across Creative Daffodil’s Etsy shop, I was gleeful that one of her shop sections was titled “Ode to Literature.” Can it get more perfect? Her simplistic art takes on double meaning when you’ve read the work of literature, and you know the symbolism behind her creation. I think the literary prints are gorgeous, but really I just want to wear most of the book designs on my person. It would be so cool (and by cool I mean totally corny) to walk into school donning the shirt of the book that my students were reading. It would also just be cool (and by cool I still mean totally corny) to shop the mall wearing my favorite literary work. Plus, the designs are so universal and androgynous. My boyfriend (whose birthday is in two days) was in love with the Poe shirt, where I immediately wanted the Tolstoy, Wells, Twain and Flaubert.
Here are a few of my favorite prints that are also available to wear here.
I really like how Mylene’s art presents the author and the author’s work with equal importance. I think sometimes shopping for literary gifts, the gift represents the work, but leaves little mention of the author. And where do people go to find books? The bookstore. And how are bookstores organized? Usually (typically) by genre, and then by author. So, if you’re trying to literally be a walking advertisement for a book, the ad should show the author’s name and give due where it needs to be given.
I also really appreciate (as an English teacher) that Mylene chose to put a shape of the country each author was from. She’s promoting literature, and a global conversation with each of her prints. Hopefully soon I will be able to purchase my very own Whitman shirt from Creative Daffodil. If you don’t know what to buy for that bookish friend, or that neighbor with their very own library, Creative Daffodil is where to crack grins, and books. Swoon, Whitman. My main American spirit squeeze.