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SIA interpretation: Autumn abstract

A quick note that the reader poll is still open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine from last month — thanks in advance!

And now it’s time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge. 🙂

Inspiration:

Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, which he painted in 1950. It’s one of the most notable examples of the “poured-painting” style that Pollock used during the late 1940s and early 1950s. You can read more about this painting here and here.

Below is an openly licensed photograph of the painting hanging in The Met:

Photograph of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock" by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

Photograph of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30) by Jackson Pollock” by Tim Pendemon, CC BY 2.0

And below is a closeup detail of the painting via The Met’s website, where you can also see additional closeups and photographs of the painting. The detail below gives you a better sense of the colors Pollock used in the abstract painting.

Detail of "Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)" by Jackson Pollock

Detail of “Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock

Salazar chose this painting because she “recently learned that his drip paintings are so pleasing to look at because they contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature, which I found fascinating… Plus, the neutral color scheme and the title make this an appropriate choice for September.”

My interpretation:

My outfit is a bit out-of-the-box, at least regarding the SIA challenge, but no worries, I will explain all. I am on summer break right now, so I wanted to highlight a typical outfit that’s more casual and sportier than what you usually see on my blog. I wore this outfit on a sunny (albeit chillier) summer day last weekend, when my husband and I enjoyed a picnic and stroll along the Ruston Way waterfront.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeup

So how does this tie in with the abstract inspiration artwork? The navy and tan colors reflect the two major colors in the painting, obviously. But for me, this outfit — and how it ties into the SIA challenge — comes down to the closeup of textures and accessories, seen above and below.

Salazar mentioned that Pollock’s abstract paintings “contain fractal patterns similar to those in nature,” and I was intrigued by that. Therefore, I chose pieces that, upon closer inspection, have interesting patterns, like the cable knit pattern on this fisherman’s sweater, and the checkerboard pattern on my sneakers. But the core of this idea is the scarf, which is actually a map of the Portland transit system! (Click on the photo below to open a larger version.) It just looks like random lines and squiggles on a piece of cotton fabric, but there is method to its madness. Like Pollock’s abstract paintings. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan closeups

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

It felt great to be out by the water. And if you’re a longtime reader (thank you, as always!), then you know the Ruston Way waterfront is one of my favorite places in Tacoma.

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Librarian for Life + Style | Navy + tan sporty

Weather:  Sunny but chillier — and it’s always colder by the water

Where:  Picnic and stroll along Ruston Way waterfront

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday, September 12th.

Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with!

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SIA interpretation: Anna Atkins

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

It was my turn to curate, and I had recently come across the amazing botanical photographs of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who is considered to be the first woman to take a photograph — and the first person EVER to publish a book of photographic images. Below is a collage of three of her cyanotype photographs, featuring ferns, leaves, and feathers. You can read more about Anna Atkins and her work here and here.

Collage of Anna Atkins' photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Collage of Anna Atkins’ photography, 1843-1853 (public domain)

Interpretation:

Most of her cyanotype photographs are blue in color, but I especially love the ones that appear more purple. As I said in last week’s SIA announcement post, I thought there would be scope for prints and/or jewelry — and I did both! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl closeup

This is a new dress from Lands’ End, in the classic “fit and flare” silhouette, that I got for my birthday via a gift card from my good friend Stephanie. This exact dress is still available!!! The print is a purple paisley — it’s a print Sam picked out — and I realized it would be PERFECT for this style challenge! The print reminds me of both the ferns and feathers Anna Atkins took cyanotype photographs of.

I added flower bead earrings to echo the flowers Anna Atkins also took photographs of, and of course, the purple tones coordinated with my monochromatic outfit. And of course, purple lip stain! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl + flower earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

I added my purple shawl to both go with the purple monochromatic look, as well as provide warmth if I needed layers. I wore this dress for a dinner out with Sam and friends, and I was perfectly comfortable. I feel like this dress is one I can dress up or down, depending on the accessories I choose. Versatility for the win!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Weather: Warm with a breeze

Where: Out to dinner

What:

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There is still time to participate in SIA, and here’s how:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by this Tuesday, August 28th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog this Wednesday, August 29th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.


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What I wore to a local street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I got this bright and colorful dashiki a year ago at a local street fair, so it felt like the perfect item to wear to this year’s street fair! Also, a cotton dashiki or tunic is a VERY good idea to wear to any summer festival, as it is loose-fitting and in a breathable fabric.

Also, I have learned that a crossbody bag is the perfect bag for these kinds of festivals, as I don’t have to worry about it as we walk around. Plus, it keeps both my hands free for all the stuff you accumulate at a street fair (flyers, bags, sno cones, etc.). 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Because it was hot that day, I wore my wide-brimmed black sunhat, which I thrifted at a local resale shop last summer. Sam said the hat gave me “flair.” 😀

You’ve seen this sun hat before, in an SIA post a few weeks ago, but it looks totally different today paired with this more casual outfit. I love the hat’s bendable rim — and this EXACT sun hat is still available!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

I started out the day wearing my black metal hoop earrings, which you’ve seen several times before, like here and here. But during the street fair, I picked up these fabulous circle earrings made out of wood. In fact, I bought these earrings from the same African businesswoman, who is sales director for Kijiji Village Craft, that I bought the dashiki from last year! I loved them so much that I decided to wear them then and there. This summer, I have been all about the lightweight statement earrings!

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

The vibrant backdrop is a local grocer and convenience store that is painted turquoise with bright pink window trim. I’ve been wanting to take photos against this backdrop for awhile now, so it all turned out perfectly to pair a brightly colored backdrop with a brightly colored tunic! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Librarian for Life + Style | What I wore to a street fair | Dashiki bright + colorful

Weather:  Hot with no breeze

Where:  Summer street fair

What:

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Red + black + patent leather circle bag

This past weekend, Sam and I enjoyed going out to a couple of local festivals, including Ethnic Fest at Wright Park and Glass Fest Northwest down by the harbor and Museum Row.

Here’s what I wore to the Glass Fest, with a circle bag that I picked up the day before at Ethnic Fest. It was a beautiful summer day by the harbor, and I felt cool and comfy in a sleeveless eyelet top, a cotton jersey skirt, strappy sandals, and this retro-inspired circle bag. I was feelin’ it. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Below is a closeup of this cool patent leather circle bag, which I picked up at Nikky’s Niche Designs booth at the Ethnic Fest. Although I’ve been on a general shopping ban these past six months, I don’t mind scouting out clothes or jewelry or accessories at local festivals, because I’m helping support local artists and small business owners.

The bag is covered in a collage of Michelle and Barack Obama magazine covers, and I just love every little thing about it, including the gold studs on one side. It’s retro-inspired and timeless at the same time. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

The purse also came with a matching wallet, seen below, and a crossbody strap (which you can spy in my Instagram post yesterday!), which made it really comfortable to wear while we walked around the festival — which included free day passes to the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass! We took photos outside the Museum of Glass’s hot shop tower.

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Librarian for Life + Style | Circle bag and wallet closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Red + black + circle bag

Weather: Quintessential summer day

Where: Local festival by the harbor

What:

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Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Whew, back to summer outfits! 😉

This combo — a sleeveless maxidress + button-front shirt + canvas flats — is ridiculously comfortable for a (cooler) summer weekend. I’ve read my beloved Tom & Lorenzo question why ladies love wearing maxidresses in the summer (all that fabric), but the thing is, when you wear maxidresses, you create your own breeze as you walk. It’s like built-in air conditioning, complete with shade. Real talk, y’all. It’s all part of the service. 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

This footbridge at Wright Park had been closed down for repairs for at least a year after we moved to Tacoma. So we were excited to finally get pics on the newly restored bridge, which overlooks this lovely pond with fountains and statues. (You can see other spots of Wright Park in previous style posts here, here, and here.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

My goodness, I love these canvas flats. They’re from the Mossimo line from Target — a line they phased out last year, much to my disappointment — and I’ve worn these shoes with skinny jeans, with shorts, and with ankle pants. And now with maxidresses! 🙂

Also, we took these pics right after I got my hair trimmed, so my hairdo is looking particularly sharp. I’ve had this shorter, spikier version of a pixie cut for almost exactly a year, and I’m still lovin’ it! ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Closeup of hair trim, lip stain, and hoop earrings

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Sporty casual with a maxidress + canvas flats

Weather:  Gorgeous, cool summer day

Where:  Out and about on the weekend

What:

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