Storiarts: Making Literature Wearable

 

Toss words around your neck.(etsy.com/shop/storiarts)
Toss words around your neck.(etsy.com/shop/storiarts)

Why leave the best literature in books? Storiarts liberates beautiful passages, screen printing them by hand onto 100 percent cotton jersey, then sewing them into infinity scarves. Artist Tori Tissell started making the scarves as gifts for friends and family in 2011. They were such a hit that she soon took the leap, quitting her job to run Storiarts full time. She explains,

I like to think I was destined to create my Storiarts scarves.
~I was born in 1984 (George Orwell anyone?).
~I have always devoured books.
~I once worked in a library.
~Put an “s” in front of my name Tori and you get “story.”
~There is a sci fi label called Tor.
~And I’m now married to a talented writer whose family is related through marriage to Jane Austen.

I hope my work makes this world a bit of a better place by allowing others to proudly and easily express their nerdiness, love for literature, fashion, or what have you. Furthermore, I regularly take portions of my profit and donate it.

Story scarves can be ordered featuring excerpts from classics such as Les Miserables, Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and many more. They come in regular and summer weight. Custom scarves are also available. In fact, Tori has created all sorts of intriguing custom scarves including a piece in Hebrew for a Bat Mitzvah, a love poem to a customer’s girlfriend, part of the legal document “Brown vs Board of Education,” and Jodi Picoult’s work for her to wear on a recent book tour. Oh, and one excerpt of erotica too.

I got a chance to try one of their book scarves recently. It’s soft, lovely, and generously sized. I discovered it’s not possible to wear one without getting compliments.

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Laura is the author of a poetry collection titled Tending and Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning. She lives on a small farm notable only for its lovestruck goose.