Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stories to Save Lives

I talked about this shop a while back, As I was on Etsy today looking for handbags and jewelry for upcoming deadlines (MAY 15th!!!!) I happened to see some of her new work pop up (thanks Etsy for the new cool features!).

I am so in love with her newest works. They depict many literary themes including Jane Austen, and my favorite, Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. I have argued for a long time that great literature influences great fashion (Gatsby - 'nuff said) and I love that Kristina acknowledges this in her gorgeous illustrations. The set above features her renderings of Holly Golightly's world. Holly may be fictitious, but she comes alive through these pieces. Kristina has imagined the fine details of her life just as Capote had when penning this masterpiece.

It's a testament to the power of writing when a character can influence other artists and their mediums so wholly. When I feel down or uninspired I watch Breakfast at Tiffany's and all of "the mean reds" and blues just melt away. I was watching an episode of Sex and the City recently, and even Mr. Big noted that his parents would dance to Moon River, bringing back happy memories of home and old New York. It's as my writing professor once told me, "writing saves lives, not bodies." Thank you Kristina for saving my life today, and thank you Mr. Capote for saving my life a little every day.

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