SIA interpretation: The Great Wave

Happy Labor Day to my American readers! And a quick note that the poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from August — thanks in advance for voting! 🙂

Now it’s time for my interpretation of the latest Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! It was Salazar’s turn to curate, and she chose the iconic Japanese woodblock print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa (also known as The Great Wave or The Wave), by Japanese artist Hokusai. It was published between 1830 and 1833, the first print in Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

Librarian for Life + Style | The Great Wave SIA collage

My initial starting point was the bright blue, the “Prussian blue” in the woodblock print that was so revolutionary (and described in last week’s SIA post). My blue cotton knit dress fit the bill. I then layered different shades of blue, with a light blue sports bra (continuing my trick of layering with sports bras!) and a navy cardigan. I added my striped scarf, wearing that as a head scarf, to tie all the shades of blue together. Plus, if you look closely at the underside of the waves in the print, the different shades of blue look like stripes. I chose my tan-and-gold t-strap sandals as they reminded me of the long, thin boats you can spot amidst the waves.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

I knew that we had to take photos down by the Ruston Way waterfront, although we don’t get the waves here like the ones in the print. And then I remembered this large sculpture down along the waterfront, and I thought the tall, swooping curves of the sculpture kind of echoed the tall, swooping curve of the big wave in the block print.

Come to find out, that sculpture is a sundial! It was added as public art to Jack Hyde Park, formerly called Commencement Park, in 1978.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

A closer look at the stripes in my head scarf, which I have remixed several times, including here with long hair, and here with shoulder-length hair. And I thought my recent jewelry set, a birthday gift from my good friend Stephanie, also reflected the subtler colors in the print, plus the “dipped effect” on the porcelain earrings and necklace gives a nod to, say, dipping into water.

Yes, I really do think of these things, on a daily basis, when putting together outfits and accessories. It just comes naturally to me — I’ve always been one for details! And I’m glad I have an outlet for sharing those kinds of details, here on this blog. 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

We really do live in a stunningly beautiful place. And Ruston Way along the waterfront of Puget Sound — Tacoma’s located in what is called the “South Sound” — is an area I find particularly beautiful and peaceful. There are a series of parks all along the waterfront, so you’ll definitely see more of Ruston Way on the blog!

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA inspiration: The Great Wave

Weather:  Summer day, overcast and low 70s (perfect summer weather, in my opinion!)

Where:  Ruston Way waterfront to enjoy the weather, and then out to an appointment

What I wore:

blue sleeveless dress // similar navy blue cardigan // blue striped lightweight scarf // teardrop silver earrings // similar t-strap sandals

shades of blue collage

There’s still time to participate in this week’s SIA round-up! Deadline to participate in this SIA challenge is tonight, and just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com. She’ll post the round-up the next day on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey.

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10 thoughts on “SIA interpretation: The Great Wave

  1. Mike

    Great interpretation Jen! And I love the fact that you posed for your SIA photos with water in the background; a great idea, and very appropriate for this week’s SIA choice.

    And thanks, Happy Labor Day to you as well. 🙂

    Reply
  2. karenstrand

    Beautiful interpretation of the print. I have to say that I admire your attention to detail. I didn’t notice the boats until you pointed them out. Also you chose a lovely background and locale for your photos!

    Reply
  3. Kezzie

    I really like this (and clever trick with the sports bra! I used to do that with one or two of my dresses that were a bit too low cut for comfort! Your new home is in such a pretty place!

    Reply
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