Big news on the Style Imitating Art (SIA) front! One of the SIA co-founders, Jess @ Animated Cardigan, needs to step away from SIA and focus on other things. She will still be cheering on SIA from the sidelines and hopefully will be able to participate from time to time. Jess encouraged us to seek another co-host, and Salazar and I reached out to Erin @ Loop Looks, a longtime SIA participant. We’re so happy that Erin is joining us in co-hosting SIA and curating artwork to challenge and inspire us all! 😀
We take turns to curate and host the biweekly SIA challenges, so here’s a quick peek at the upcoming schedule:
- Jen @ Librarian for Life + Style (that’s me!): Monday, Feb. 15 (today’s post), submissions open through Monday, Feb. 22; round-up next Tuesday, Feb. 23
- Erin @ Loop Looks: New SIA challenge on Monday, Feb. 29
- Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey: New SIA challenge on Monday, March 14
Now onto my next SIA choice! February is African American History Month in the United States, so I wanted to highlight an African-American woman artist. In my research, I came across Harriet Powers (1837-1910), an African-American former slave, folk artist, and quilt maker from Georgia. Two of her quilts have survived, including her Bible Quilt, seen below, which is in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The story behind the sale of this quilt is fascinating, which you can read about in detail here on the Smithsonian’s site.
I’m no stranger to choosing different kinds of artwork for SIA — including sculptures and jewelry and short films — and it felt like the right time to choose a textile work of art for SIA. This is a beautiful and bold example of American folk art, and the colors — orange, grey, black, tan, and bits of red — are also strong and striking. Lots of scope for interpretation — and inspiration!
So how do you participate in SIA? All are welcome to participate, whether you have a blog or not. Just send a pic of something you wear inspired by this week’s artwork, and email me a pic by next Monday, February 22, by 10 p.m. PST. I will post the SIA round-up on my blog the following morning.