Bright Star Puzzle Purse love note, limited edition
This variant is currently sold out
Made popular during the Victorian era, the Puzzle Purse is a type of valentine that unfolds in a star-like pattern to reveal a special love note on the inside. These valentines were traditionally exchanged between lovers as intimate tokens of their devotion and, in addition to the written sentiment, often carried a lock of hair or pressed flowers inside. Unfolding in a hypnotic pinwheel-like pattern, opening a Puzzle Purse slowly revealed a love poem with the main sentiment written at the very heart of the note. In true Victorian fashion, this unfolding was viewed symbolically as the act of “opening your heart to love.” Today, puzzle purses carry the memory and romance of the Victorian era, when love was held on high and celebrated justly.
Poison Apple Printshop's Puzzle Purse features original artwork by Adrienne rozzi accompanied by a quintessential love poem from the romantic era— “Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art” by John Keats. Because you should show your love every day, and not just on marketed holidays, these Puzzle Purses do not say anything about Valentines day so they are suitable for any time of year!
Hand drawn illustrations by Adrienne Rozzi. Screenprinted by in a limited edition of 100. Each comes signed and numbered by the artist. There is a space for you to fill in "To:" and "From:" There may be variations in the printing of each one. These imperfections are to be embraced, as they are evidence of the artist's hand and attest to the hand-printed nature of the piece-- no two are exactly alike!
Two version available:
- Black and Gold on speckled cream paper
- Black and Red on speckled cream paper
LIMITED EDITION of 100
Measures 15" x 15" unfolded, and 5" x 5" folded
Ships folded with instructions on how to re-fold it.
**Note: If you would prefer your Puzzle Purse unfolded please leave a note with your order upon checkout. It will still have fold marks if you wish to fold it in the future.**
"Bright Star, would I were stedfast as thou art" by John Keats (1818)