Nina Levy doesn’t see the simple napkin as just something to wipe spilled jelly or to erase the traces of spaghetti sauce of her child’s chins. This Brookyln based mother of two sees the humble napkin as a blank canvas to host masterpieces to be included in her son’s lunchboxes.
For the last six years, artist Nina Levy has doodled special messages and illustrations on square paper napkins often with special requests from her young sons, Ansel and Archer. She pays tribute to her sons interests and obsessions from Teen Titans Go! to Skylander characters to a variety of canines as superheroes. She said of the artworks/napkins: “Neither child used them for their original purpose anymore. Archer, tells me, “oh, I only use the napkin to get attention, I just wipe my hands on my clothes.” We have boxes and boxes of hundreds of returned napkins at home. They enjoy looking through them, revisiting their previous obsessions day by day.”
One of the coolest things is that Nina Levy photographs each napkin and posts it on her blog Daily Napkin, with details about the creation and inspiration. And inspirational they are. Check out a selection of Nina Levy’s masterpieces right here: