Threadless: Stay Home and Read Books and more new this week

Stay Home and Read Books by dfonseca is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a popular sentiment, and arranged beautifully with its careful line drawing and clearly penned handwriting. The cat makes for a very relatable protagonist, looking cozy and contented as he peers down his glasses at his cherished book. Choosing to put the book in bright yellow is a great decision, making it clear even at a distance that the book is the focus. The ampersand book cover both looks convincingly like it could be the front of a sophisticated tome and completes the slogan nicely.

@Earth3019 by robsonborges has a tremendous retro illustration style that breaks the art down into just a couple of colors, expertly applied to make the space scene seem alive with activity and drama. It wouldn’t look out of place as a vintage book cover for a science fiction paperback, but the emotions conveyed elevate it from that realm. I love the tenderness that has been caught in the way the two human figures, adult and child, relate to each other- you can feel both a sense of wonder and of protectiveness in their poses. The idea of a family in space looking back at earth so wistfully imparts an important message of preserving the planet that sits well side by side the sleek optimism of the rocket ships.

Natural Hug by sebasebi looks like a fairly abstract landscape at first glance, but reveals a sophisticated secret on closer inspection. The strange shape at the left of the waterfall raises questions for the viewer, as it is less jagged than the peaks surrounding it. Once the facial features are discovered, the hands at the base of the lake become more clear. The result is a genuinely engaging nature shirt that works both as a bit of 80s-tinged landscape art and a clever optical illusion for contemporary tastes. Good stuff!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

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