Dana, owner of Little Vintage Chest shop on Etsy | littlevintagechest.etsy.com
What do you do?
I sell dictionary art prints, i.e. illustrations or images printed on antique book pages.
What are the biggest changes you see happening in your industry?
This form of art was born in 2010s as an interesting way to upcycle old books damaged beyond repair. It is also an excellent way to properly display very old lithographs and other images from an era long gone. This form of art is developing rapidly and a lot of artists use this way to express themselves. The result is a unique, lovely and yet very affordable form of art.
What opportunities and challenges will these changes bring about?
As I see it, dictionary art printing is a way – among others, of course – to express love towards the Earth resources, to salvage some things once loved – for instance very old books – and to give them a new and exciting life. It’s a way to tell that every object has a hidden beauty and every person has a hidden potential to enhance the world.
At the same time, this form of art can bring together very old and very modern things and the result can be amazing.
We live extraordinary times, we can communicate with each other even if we never met, even we live at thousands of miles apart. We are all connected and we all must be more responsible regarding the world we live in, because we, united, have a tremendous power.
What are your biggest goals?
Oh, I do this for fun, as a way to relax from my day job. I am mesmerized by antique natural history books, lithographs, old postal cards, dictionaries. I am so sad contemplating the images of extinct animals. Perhaps if more people are looking at them they would act more responsible handling and preserving the Earth resources. But I am glad every time I am able to bring a drop of beauty in someone’s home.
Who and what would you need to reach your goals fast?
I would need more time than I have, time, more time, more time!
Finally, who should contact you and why?
If you like unusual things, if you search for an unique gift for you or for someone you care about, if you are in a quest for the beauty beyond age, come and visit my shop, my friend!