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Adorable Animal Bookmark Buddies Use Their Tails and Scarves to Hold Your Spot

A great book can take you to new worlds filled with fantastic characters and strange lands. Artist Nadya Vasileva echoes this sentiment with her imaginative, handcrafted bookmarks of adorable animals that both hold your place and accompany you while you read. The tiny creatures rest atop the pages like something straight out of a fairy tale. As if they weren't cute enough, they don human-like attire—long scarves, dapper bow ties, and wire-rim glasses. To use them, you simply clip the character onto the book and move its attached cord to mark your spot.

Vasileva uses polymer clay—a special material that hardens in a conventional oven—to sculpt her mice, owls, and foxes. Each bookmarking figure has big eyes with a sweet smile that provides a comforting presence as you pour through the pages.

These literary friends are currently available in Vasileva’s Etsy shop, House on the Cloud.

If you fancy plants over animals, Vasileva has also created cute cactus bookmarks:

Nadya Vasileva: Etsy | Facebook | Instagram

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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