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SIA interpretation: Courthouse ceiling

Time for my interpretation of the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

Last week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose one of her own photographs, one of the ceiling in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, a photograph she took in 2013 during a family trip. You can read more about the Old Courthouse — which is now located in the Gateway Arch National Park! — here and here.

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Daenel chose this photograph of because of the soft muted colors and the architectural features.

Interpretation:

The starting points for my SIA-inspired outfit were two items:

  • my Wedgwood Jasperware pendant, which has the soft blue color as well as the architectural feel of the ceiling
  • my geometric-print slip-on sneakers, again due to the geometric feel of the design and the soft, muted color combo of grey, pink, blue, and white

At first, I was thinking of an outfit created around one or the other — and then I realized that I could combine the two! And I added additional patterns to the mix with my berry & navy gingham shirt and striped tote bag. This outfit was super comfy but still professional enough for in-service week before our fall quarter begins.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo with a Wedgwood necklace

Above and below are closeups of this beautiful Wedgwood Jasperware pendant necklace, a piece of jewelry my mom got in England decades ago. You’ve seen me wear this necklace before here and here. The chain fell at an awkward length in regards to my dress, so I shortened the chain by tying a rubber elastic around the end. It worked! 🙂 I kept the rest of my jewelry very simple.

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo with a Wedgwood necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Below is a closeup of pattern-mixing the gingham print of my button-front and the striped pattern of my coated canvas tote. I loved this pink and teal color combo!

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Librarian for Life + Style | Teal + pink combo

Weather:  Sunny and breezy — perfect summer-to-fall transitional day!

Where:  In-service week before fall quarter begins

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by this Tuesday, September 25th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, September 26th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!


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SIA: Courthouse ceiling

Time for a new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge!

Inspiration:

This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose one of her own photographs; she is an accomplished photographer, which you can read more about here on her blog. She chose a photograph of the ceiling in the Old Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri, a photograph she took in 2013 during a family trip.

You can read more about the Old Courthouse — which is now located in the Gateway Arch National Park! — here and here.

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Photograph of the Old Courthouse ceiling in St. Louis, Missouri, photo taken by Living Outside the Stacks

Daenel chose this photograph of because of the soft muted colors and the architecture. It is certainly beautiful! And the circular view reminds of one of those kaleidoscope images. (And this not the first architectural dome that has provided sartorial inspiration for us, as seen here from a prior SIA post.)

How to participate in SIA:

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, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by next Tuesday, September 25th. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, next Wednesday, September 26th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Can’t wait to see what y’all are inspired to wear!

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:

Please note that I get commission for clicks made through affiliate links in this post. This goes toward covering my website and file storage fees, so thank you for helping support this blog!

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: Autumn abstract

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s Salazar’s turn to curate!

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.”

I agree! Plenty of scope for color and patterns here.

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

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 next Tuesday, September 11th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, on Wednesday, September 12th.

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

SIA round-up: Anna Atkins

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up!

Inspiration:

It was my turn to curate this past week, 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)

Interpretations:

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 y’all delivered!

Let’s get to it!


First up, Bev @ Confuzzledom was drawn to the feathers photograph in the collage above. She paired a blue feather t-shirt — so perfect!!! — with a floral print skirt. Please visit Bev’s SIA blog post for more info and pics!

Bev's SIA outfit

Jodie @ Jodie’s Touch of Style submitted a photo of her mom (who is the 80+ model on her blog), as her mom loves to wear blue — and the vibrant color of Anna’s work really spoke to Jodie. And do I spy flower earrings?! LOVE.

Jodie's Touch of Style SIA outfit

Mike @ Post Card Purposes, a longtime SIA participant, wasn’t sure at first what he was going to wear for this challenge, but after hunting in this closet, he thought this light blue, textured knit shirt would fit the challenge — and bonus! the embroidery of his library’s logo matches with the light colored leaves/feathers that are seen in her photos. I will never NOT love bonus library shout-outs on this blog! 😉

Mike's SIA outfit

Patsy @ 1000yellowdaisies_ on Instagram wore THE most perfect floral shirtdress for the challenge — the color of which exactly matches one of the cyanotype photographs I included in the collage, as you can see below — plus white strappy sandals and silver rings to finish off the look. So lovely! And welcome, Patsy, to SIA! 😀

1000yellowdaisies SIA outfit

SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks was inspired to wear her favorite pair of what she calls “loved-in” jeans (such a great description!). The lace patchwork on the knees reminded her of both the color and print of the cyanotype photographs. Amazing interpretation that is so true to Daenel’s boho-chic style! See more photos and details on her SIA blog post.

Daenel's SIA outfit

Leslie @ Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After looks sporty chic in her navy sleeveless top, white shorts, and floral patterned scarf. You definitely want to see closeups on her SIA blog post, including the top’s lace inset and the mix of florals in the scarf. Lovely!

Leslie's SIA outfit

Kim @ Fierce Fashion is back with another awesome SIA-inspired outfit, including a lovely soft purple waterfall cardigan, white jeans (?), and a feather necklace! And the park backdrop is a wonderful nod to the botanical focus of Anna’s photography.

Kim's SIA outfit

Kezzie @ KezzieAG wore a bright blue dress (Tardis blue? 😉 ) with lace detailing that totally recalls the inspiration photography. And again, that nature background is perfect!

Kezzie's SIA outfit

SIA co-host and co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose a dark blue dress with a pattern of flowers and leaves and ferns. So beautiful, and oh so perfect for this challenge! Visit her SIA blog post for more closeups and photos.

Salazar's SIA outfit

Next is a couples selfie of me and my husband Sam. He wore a light purple button-front shirt with a pattern of diamond-shaped dots, along with a new straw fedora with a blue ombre ribbon. I like how his sunglasses, which have a blue-and-purple ombre fade, tie the two shades together for a more monochromatic look.

(The sunglasses were an accident, by the way — they were literally the emergency pair of sunglasses left in the car. Yes, Sam loves sunglasses so much that he stashes emergency pairs in different places, just in case he forgets to grab a pair when he leaves the house. Sunglasses are to Sam like chapstick is to me. 😉 )

Librarian for Life + Style | Jen and Sam's SIA outfits selfie

As you can see in the pics above and below, my own interpretation is very similar to Salazar’s outfit, only with a purple print dress instead of navy. My print is more paisley than floral, but I love that Salazar and I both went simple and summery in our SIA interpretations. ❤

Visit my blog post from Monday for more photos, details, and shopping links — including links for this exact dress and exact pair of rose gold sandals!

Librarian for Life + Style | Purple paisley dress + shawl

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this week’s SIA challenge! I know I must say this every time, but it is true every time — y’all impress me so much with your creativity!

Be sure to check back for the next SIA challenge, which will be curated by Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey. And check out fellow SIA co-host Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks!