SIA round-up: Bible Quilt

It’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up time! Once again, to help celebrate African American History Month in the United States, I chose the bold and graphic Bible Quilt by 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, 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.

Bible Quilt - Harriet Powers - 1885-86

Bible Quilt – Harriet Powers – 1885-86

First up is my friend Stephanie, who looks chic and cozy in her long grey cardigan over a brown skirt and black brogues. The orange scarf is the perfect pop of color for the inspiration challenge!

Stephanie's SIA outfit

Next is Mike, who covered many of the neutral colors in the quilt, as well as the bits of red and orange. His bracelets were given to him by a dear friend in India, and the bit of red in the beaded bracelet is perfect for the inspiration piece.

Mike's SIA outfit

Our new SIA co-host, Erin @ Loop Looks, looks fantastic in her outfit of neutrals, including grey, tan, and black, with luxe and colorful accessories. I also love how her reddish hair color adds to the inspiration theme! 😀

Erin's SIA outfit

Next is Noelle @ The Classy Junk was inspired by the polka dots and the bits of black, brown, and red in the quilt. I love that Noelle was inspired to wear red heels with her outfit! They are the perfect finishing touch.

Noelle's SIA outfit

Next is Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey, who has a perfectly coordinated outfit of neutrals (cream + cognac), with some very interesting details when you look up close, like the bits of orange and red in the plaid scarf, the stripes around the hem, the texture on the sweater that echoes the quilt texture, and the polka-dotted pattern on the grey tights. This might just be one of my favorite outfits of Salazar’s ever, full-stop. And so very perfect for this inspiration challenge!

Salazar's SIA outfit

Last but not least, there’s my interpretation. Like Salazar, I also was inspired to wear my cognac boots! You can see more pics and closeups in yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Brown + cognac + black stripes

Thanks to everyone for another great SIA round-up! I think we all go very well together in our spectrum of neutrals and subtle pops of colors. And I am so very glad to have discovered the artistry and personal story of Harriet Powers. That’s one of the best things about SIA, is to learn about different kinds of art and artists — and be inspired along the journey.

Be sure to check back next Monday for the next SIA challenge! Erin @ Loop Looks, our new co-host, will be curating her first SIA inspiration artwork! 😀


6 thoughts on “SIA round-up: Bible Quilt

    1. Mike

      Thanks Salazar! Yeah, I decided to change it up a bit this time and be very subtle with the color. The bracelets from my Indian friend have a lot of sentimental value to me and I decided to show them off for this SIA!

  1. Mike

    I’m a bit late with my usual comment (super busy day in “library land”) but I wanted to say that everyone looks great as always for our SIA challenge! I think that we all captured the subtlety of this great work and we all saw something different. This is what makes SIA fun and exciting! And as Jen said, this is a great way to learn about different kinds of art and artists (many I have never heard of!) and it helps you to really look at a piece of art and see what it truly depicts; like a sort of visual arts awareness kind of thing!

    Hope to see everyone for the next challenge!


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