Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers.
When we saw Caitlin Hinshelwood’s tear hankies, we were intrigued. Were they for tears of sadness or tears of joy? Here’s Caitlin.
I’ve naturally followed a life in art from a really young age. Many of my early memories are of drawing or making things. My work has always been illustrative, and I have always been interested in storytelling within my work.
I am a big fan of the handkerchiefs of Tammis Keefe and admire her use of colour and design within the confines of a simple square. I’d been looking at mid-century hankies which carried messages — some practical, some humorous, some sentimental — and liked the idea of making something special, perhaps commemorative that could be a token of comfort and friendship. The messages on my tear hankies are meant to be words of encouragement.
All photos courtesy of Caitlin Hinshelwood.
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