SIA interpretation: The Home Coming

It’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! I chose a woodblock print from American woman artist, Bertha Lum (1869 – 1954), who helped popularize Chinese and Japanese woodblock art in the U.S. She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and lived in both Japan and China during her life. You can read more about Bertha Lum’s life here and here, and see a gallery of some of her works here on the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog. You can also see more of her work here on Pinterest.

I chose a 1905 print, “The Home Coming,” currently in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration for 'The Home Coming'

I was drawn to the block print in the first place, and I thought the pattern on my maxidress — although the pattern is more tribal and geometric upon close inspection — looked like a bunch of block prints all together. I thought my long rope belt over my denim jacket would accomplish the “long ‘n’ lean” look I was going for, as “The Home Coming” inspiration piece is quite vertical. The yellow colorblock tote bag adds a punch of yellow, like in the edges of the print.

(I can also feel my mom’s bemused disbelief that I am still using this yellow tote bag, which she gifted me ages ago. I think it came as a free gift for something else she had ordered at the time. This tote bag has proved amazingly versatile and long-lasting — and because it’s canvas, it’s also washable! It’s like this tote bag heralds the summer season for me, and it is the absolute perfect size for a tote bag — not too large and not too small. It’s like the Goldilocks of tote bags, even in color! 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket closeup


Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

If you’re a longtime reader (thank you), then you know I love the simple “rope braid” style, which I did here again with the bangs of my short hairdo. Easy, simple, fuss-free summer hairstyle. My topaz drop earrings, once again, were the final touch. (These earrings, along with the crystal version — are the two pairs of earrings I didn’t pack up while preparing to move, as seen here in this post.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Short hair + rope braid closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

I wore this outfit on a summer afternoon/early evening, where I (informally) presented at a workshop series my husband was teaching, all about writing historical fiction. This was the final workshop, and I was there to discuss research tips for historical sources — and tips for how to contact librarians for research help! So I wanted to be comfy and approachable, but still put together and (casually) professional.

So there is still time to participate in this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Bloggers and non-bloggers are all welcome to participate. Just send a photo of an outfit inspired by this week’s inspiration pick — flat lays or selfies or collages are also okay — to me at by tonight, and I will post the round-up on my blog this coming Wednesday, June 29.

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22 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: The Home Coming

  1. Mike

    Wonderful! This is a great interpretation Jen! It works so well for you. 🙂
    And that workshop that your husband taught sounds awesome! You know how much I love historical fiction. I would have loved to have attended that.
    See you for round-up Wednesday!

  2. mommyhon333

    You nailed it! Perfect interpretation. I thought and thought on this one but couldn’t figure out anything in my closet that worked. I keep hoping to link up with you gals in the near future as I adore this series.

  3. shelbeeontheedge1

    I love this! This outfit is right up my style alley! The maxi dress, the print, the denim jacket. I love the braided belt over the jacket. And the tote bag keeps the whole thing so authentically you! Great look! Please stop by on Friday and join my new link up!


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