From bookshelf to wall – vintage storybook art

I find vintage children’s storybooks enchanting and my love for them is growing quickly. The simple and vibrant illustrations bring back a flood of memories from the books I read as a child – which included a lot of stories from the 50s and 60s (my mum’s Trixie Belden books were my fave for years). My daughter now has a few of these books in her own bookcase along with some new copies of old classics.

I’ve seen a few new ways of recycling unwanted vintage storybooks in the past but when I recently came across Mondocherry and their delightful artwork, I was in awe. An Australian business run by two sisters and their mum, they source the vintage books and text then design, construct and stitch every detail on each piece of wall art. Of course, this means that every frame of little hearts, butterflies, flowers and buttons is totally unique and never to be repeated.

Up close, the detail is amazing. In the large frames, the backing on each little picture is vintage black and white text. Recycled card is stitched onto the text and the cut-out shapes of colourful images are then finally stitched. The precision and craftmanship is clearly evident.

To add a touch of vintage to your child’s bedroom, go straight to Mondocherry. Prices range from $60 for the small frames to $160 for the large artwork, plus postage.

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