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SIA round-up: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for the Style Imitating Art (SIA) round-up! I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

"Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)" by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

“Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)” by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

I was drawn to the cloth’s combination of the texture, the graphic print of the patchwork, and the colors. What were y’all inspired by?

Jodie from Jodie’s Touch of Style is back with a look from her mother, Charlotte, who is the 70’s model on her blog. Jodie thought Charlotte’s color block dress was a great match for the patchwork cloth — and I agree! I particularly like the coiled necklace.

Charlotte's SIA otufit

Next up is longtime SIA participant Mike from Post Card Purposes, who immediately thought of his striped sweater, which has a lot of the colors in the patchwork cloth. Also, check out this post on his blog that features a previous time he wore this sweater — with a backdrop right up this challenge’s alley! 🙂

Mike's SIA outfit

More stripes! Next is Kezzie from KezzieAG, who wore a lovely striped dress and glittery footwear. LOVE. (She also matches her backdrop. LOVE x 2.)

Kezzie's SIA outfit

SIA co-host Erin @ Loop Looks remixed a top and color combo she wore years ago. The pattern on this top really is perfect for this inspiration challenge, and it’s fun to see how Erin’s has changed with her job change. Be sure to visit her post to see the original outfit!

Erin's SIA outfit

SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey went a totally different way, and it totally works! She went for colorblocking white and navy with pops of red and pink. And her bow brooch is BRILLIANT, echoing the little bow in the middle of the wrapping cloth.

Salazar's SIA outfit

Speaking of brilliant bows, “A Dog” is back! YESSSSSSSSSSS. (A Dog first graced SIA back in December.) I literally yelled out in delight and clapped my hands when this submission came through. Those leg warmers are so awesome. Here’s the inspiration straight from A Dog’s mouth:

Hello I wear leg warmer for the latest Style Imitating Art selection the bows are blue just like the bow in the middle of the piece thank you.

A Dog's SIA outfit

Not that there is ANY possible way to top that… but I’ll do my best in rounding out this challenge. I took the opportunity to pattern-mix once again, layering gingham and stripes. More details and closeups on yesterday’s post.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

This round-up was so good, y’all. So many interesting touches and colors and patterns, not to mention dog leg warmers. This round-up had it ALL. (Happy sigh.)


Next Monday, Erin @ Loop Looks will be curating the Style Imitating Art challenge. Stay tuned! 🙂

SIA interpretation: Patchwork jogakbo

It’s time for my Style Imitating Art (SIA) interpretation! And there’s still time to participate in the challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline is tonight by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST), and I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow. Also, be sure to check out my SIA co-hosts Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Erin @ Loop Looks.

Inspiration:

I chose an artwork image that the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently released into the public domain, a striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80. The cloth is in the upper right of the collage below.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA stripes + gingham inspiration outfit collage

Interpretation:

When I saw the graphic design of the wrapping cloth, I immediately thought of my new Lands’ End striped dress. That was my starting point. I could have stopped there, but since the cloth incorporates different shapes, I thought pattern-mixing was in order. (Any excuse to pattern-mix, y’all! 😉 ) I could have paired this dress with almost any of my gingham shirts, but in the end, I went with my old orange gingham shirt from Old Navy. And my yellow tote bag finished off this ready-for-spring casual outfit.

And y’all know I’m not one to shy away from wearing color. Bring it on, spring! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

I went with my champagne-colored flats because they’re a neutral color, plus I thought the wrapping of the satin ribbon on the front of the flats fit in with the inspiration wrapping cloth.

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + flats SIA outfit closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

It was such a gorgeous and sunny day last weekend — the first day of spring that it felt warm enough to go out with bare legs! (And yes, I am really am this pale, all year round.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit closeup

And last but not least, do y’all remember when I mentioned the last time we took pics along East 34th Street Bridge that I wanted to take pics there each season as a fun way to capture the seasons here in Tacoma? So here you go, springtime and budding trees along East 34th Street Bridge in east Tacoma!

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Stripes + gingham SIA outfit

Weather:  Sunny and glorious

Where:  Errand-running on a Saturday morning

What:

  • Striped dress:  Lands’ End, new {exact dress still available!}
  • Gingham shirt:  Old Navy, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Tote bag:  Gift from my mom, old
  • Drop earrings:  Local boutique in Portland, old

Shop my outfit:

similar orange gingham shirt  //  exact striped dress  //  similar colorblock tote bag  //  similar flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Orange gingham + striped dress outfit collage


Can’t wait to see the round-up!


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SIA: Patchwork jogakbo

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

Inspiration artwork:

Last month, I came across this textile artwork when I was perusing the newly open content on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website and digital collections. They recently released hundreds of thousands of artwork images into the public domain, which is both awesome in general AND awesome for this and future SIA challenges! 😉

And the artwork images they’ve released into the public domain aren’t all older artwork — there’s newer stuff, too! Like this striking patchwork wrapping cloth from Korea, called a “jogakbo,” that was made by an unidentified artist, ca. 1950–80.

"Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)" by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

“Patchwork wrapping cloth (jogakbo)” by Unidentified Artist Korean, 20th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art, is licensed in the public domain.

Here’s how the Richmond Art Center described jogakbo:

Bojagi, Korean wrapping cloths, are used to wrap, cover, or carry things in daily life from precious ritual objects to everyday clothes, household goods, and food. Jogakbo refers to a colorful patchwork bojagi that is strikingly contemporary and was historically made with remnants of fabrics from leftover cloths.

It’s silk, and I was drawn to the combination of the texture, the graphic print of the patchwork, and the colors. There could be a lot of different ways to interpret it, and you can pick and choose your favorite colors. 🙂

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator (me!), at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com. Deadline to participate is next Monday, April 24th, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog the next day.

I hope y’all enjoy this week’s SIA challenge!

SIA interpretation: Monmon Cats

Two quick reminders:

SIA inspiration:

Now it’s time for my interpretation for this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Salazar picked the “weird and wonderful” Monmon Cats (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a cat lady, she couldn’t pass this up! 😀 As a fellow cat lady, I approve. 😉

Below is a detail from the print. Click the image below to view the full print, or see this print and more from the artist on the Bored Panda site here or on the artist’s site here.

Detail of 'Monmon Cats' by Kazuaki Horitomo

Detail of ‘Monmon Cats’ by Kazuaki Horitomo

My interpretation:

I went for a combination of greys and blacks with pops of red and a bit of blue, to match the tones of the inspiration artwork. My grey dress and grey-and-black houndstooth tights came first. And then my new black gingham shirt came in the mail just in time, and the final piece clicked into place in my mind… 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

The belt is actually a piece of embroidered ribbon my husband recently thrifted for me, thinking I could make something out of it. I haven’t had time to make it into a belt — and I think I have enough left over for a headband! — but I thought it was perfect for this week’s SIA challenge, because it brought in the bits of red flowers and blue colors from the inspiration artwork into my outfit. So I just wrapped the ribbon around me and pinned it on the side for a makeshift belt!
I revealed this wardrobe secret to a student worker at my library — the same student worker who was agog at my recent mint-and-navy cardigan and scarf outfit combo — and her reaction was so sweet. (She said she loved how creative I was with what I wore and that she always looked forward to what I would be wearing!) It’s so rare in real life that I have the chance to reveal just how detailed (and nerdy and thought-out) my style choices are. That’s what’s so great about having a style blogging outlet! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Floral ribbon belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

I *did* manage to get a cat in my pics, just in a different way with the “Meow” tote bag my mom gifted me this past Christmas. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag collage

Librarian for Life + Style | Meow tote bag and houndstooth tights closeup

And now time for your daily recommended allowance of twirling…

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit

Weather:  Sunny but still cold enough for tights

Where:  Typical work day

What:

  • Gingham button-front:  Lands’ End, new
  • Dress:  eShakti, old
  • Ribbon (worn as belt):  Recently thrifted
  • Houndstooth tights:  Kohl’s, old
  • Flats:  Payless, old
  • Lapis lazuli stud earrings:  Gift from my mom?, old
  • Tote bag:  ModCloth, recent Christmas gift

Shop my outfit

exact black gingham top from same brand  //  exact tote bag from same brand  //  similar grey dress  //  very similar houndstooth tights  //  similar red floral belt  //  very similar black flats

Librarian for Life + Style | Black gingham + grey dress + red belt inspiration outfit collage

Still time to participate in SIA!

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by tonight, Monday, April 10th. Salazar will post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, tomorrow.

Can’t wait to see the round-up!

And I’ll be back next Monday to curate the next SIA challenge… stay tuned 🙂


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SIA: Monmon Cats

It’s that time again for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Salazar picked the “weird and wonderful” Monmon Cats (Tattooed Cats) by California-based Japanese artist Kazuaki Horitomo. As a cat lady, she couldn’t pass this up! 😀 As a fellow cat lady, I approve. 😉

Below is a detail from the print. Click the image below to view the full print, or see this print and more from the artist on the Bored Panda site here or on the artist’s site here.

Detail of 'Monmon Cats' by Kazuaki Horitomo

Detail of ‘Monmon Cats’ by Kazuaki Horitomo

How to participate in SIA:

Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome to participate. Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also just fine — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Salazar, at 14shadesofgreyblog@gmail.com by next Monday, April 10th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, the following day.

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