SIA interpretation: Capax Infiniti mural

I’m posting this earlier than my usual Monday time slot for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation… a reminder that the deadline to participate in this week’s SIA challenge is Monday, Nov. 16, by 10 p.m. PST, and I will post the round-up the next morning on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

I chose a mural from downtown Portland, “Capax Infiniti” (a phrase which means “Holding the Infinite” in Latin). The artist is a South-African muralist known as Faith 47, and you can read more about Faith 47 and her works on her website. You can view more photos of the “Capax Infiniti” mural here on the artist’s website and here on the Street Art News website. The mural was part of the 2014 Forest For The Trees Murals non-profit arts project.

My interpretation:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA interpretation: Capax Infiniti mural

When I picked this mural, I really had no idea where I was going to go with my interpretation, other than knowing I wanted to pose in front of a brick wall. The first item of clothing to come to mind was my soft grey knit dress, and then I thought of pairing it with purple. I first thought of my purple shawl — with visions of it trailing behind me — but then I realized I hadn’t worn my purple button-down shirt in quite awhile. Thus an outfit was born. (I wore this to a weekend JASNA event, so I did wear this outfit in real life!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey

Details:

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Obi-style belt made from vintage ties

The woman and her dress in the mural feel like they come from days gone past, so I added the obi-style tie belt to echo a corset-like look — and to have some trailing bits in the back.

By the way, I made this obi-style belt myself years ago; it’s made from two of my dad’s vintage ’70s ties. I have been thinking of putting together a tutorial for how to do this… what do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Accessories closeup

The back spine of the woman in the inspiration mural looks almost skeletal, so that inspired me to braid my bangs into a rope braid. For accessories, I chose my mauve copper earrings and moonstone ring.

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + fall leaves

The brick backdrop is from a building in our local park, and on our way back, I couldn’t resist asking Sam to get some photos of me amidst the beautiful fall leaves scattered across the park pathways.

Librarian for Life + Style | Twirling in the fall leaves

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple + grey + fall leaves

So how do you participate in SIA? Bloggers and non-bloggers, men and women, all are welcome to participate! Just send in a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice, and that week’s curator will collect all in a round-up post. So send me photos at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Monday, Nov. 16, by 10 p.m. PST, and I will post the round-up the next morning on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

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5 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: Capax Infiniti mural

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  4. Noelle

    The first look I thought of had purple in it too. I just love that grayish purple in the folds of her dress. I want to be showered in it! Great job recreating it 🙂

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