SIA round-up: The Home Coming

It’s time for the round-up for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! I chose a woodblock print from American 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.

The Home Coming - 1905 - Bertha Lum - woodblock print

The Home Coming – 1905 – Bertha Lum – woodblock print

First up from Rabbit Style News, who kept things simple and vertical in a summer work outfit — and incorporated her garage door to echo the frame in the print and her shadow as the reflection. Genius!!

Rabbit Style News SIA outfit

Next is Michael, a long-time SIA participant, who went with a neutral backdrop. He was inspired to create a special artwork, a postcard featuring a bridge, for me and Sam, in order to commemorate our move. So sweet, thank you Michael! Sam and I are both very touched by your thoughtfulness 🙂

Michael's SIA outfit and bridge postcard

Karen from She Thought She Could chose a striped dress and soft yellow scarf. Her staircase backdrop serves as a sort of bridge — works for me! I also love the scroll design on the woodwork underneath the steps. A lovely and fresh summer outfit!

Karen's SIA outfit

Melissa from Peace and Crumbs layered a printed jacket over a sweet lace dress to wear to church. Love that jacket and its abstract print!

Melissa's SIA outfit

SIA co-host Erin from Loop Looks also went for a print, inspired by the patterns of the bridge. Don’t Erin and Melissa kind of complement each other? (They don’t match, they go.) I like how Erin’s top is like a cross between a grid print and windowpane.

Erin's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey looks lovely and fresh in her striped top and soft pink skirt, which in her own words, “mimic the strong lines and soft colors of the print, and the sandals echo the curves of the bridge.” Love the detail of the shoes!

Salazar's SIA outfit

The penultimate participant is Kezzie from KezzieAG, who wore a pleated dress for the challenge. She wasn’t able to take photos this past week, but she shared a photo of the last time she wore the dress — and I agree with her that the beach seat is also perfect for the inspiration artwork and color scheme, as well. So much personality in this photo, I love it!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

Finally, there’s me, in a navy block print maxidress and denim jacket. You can see more photos and details here in this post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Patterned maxidress + denim jacket

Thanks to everyone for participating in this week’s Style Imitating Art challenge! I honestly wasn’t sure we’d have that many participants this time around because I thought perhaps my choice this time around was a bit too simple. But I was so pleased at how many ended up joining in the SIA fun this time around — and with so many varied outfits!

Next Monday is the Independence Day holiday in the States, and it will be Erin’s turn to curate the next SIA challenge. So stop by here next Monday and/or check out Erin’s blog, Loop Looks, as well as SIA co-founder Salazar at 14 Shades of Grey.


11 thoughts on “SIA round-up: The Home Coming

  1. Mike

    Such a wonderful variety of interpretations and ideas seen here! I love it! Everyone always does such a beautiful job with the SIA challenges and it always makes so happy to be a part of this with everyone.

    And Jen, I thought that this was a great choice for SIA. I love the neutral look that it has and there were so many ways that one could interpret this work, which we all did! So it was a great choice! And thank you for the compliments about my postcard. Best of luck to you and Sam with the moving! 🙂

  2. The Vizsla Chronicles

    I love all the SIA entries, and especially love Michaels postcard! so fitting for a move from OR to WA, and crossing the bridge from one state to another….the postcard looks more like the Astoria bridge than the I-5 one…love that Astoria bridge!


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