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SIA interpretation: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for my personal interpretation of the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge that I curated this go-round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

Here is one photo, and portion, of this large-scale mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

My interpretation:

Living in Tacoma, of course I was lucky enough to pose for photos in front of the mural itself! I focused on the colors, combining different shades of blue and beige, as well as combining different textures. I layered a nubby-textured navy blue sleeveless dress over a beige turtleneck, navy tights, and bronze Mary Jane heels. I then layered my tattersall cape-like short coat over that, to add warmth and depth to the look.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

My accessories rounded out the outfit and added extra textures:  a royal blue patent leather skinny belt; gold earrings in the shape of a ribbon tied with a knot; and a silk dupioni clutch that looks gold in one light with hints of light blue in different light.

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | Combining textures for SIA, Native American mural in Tacoma

Instead of spiking my short hair up or sweeping the bangs off my face, I instead blow-dried it into a sleeker look and smoothed down my bangs. It’s fun to play with my hair, even when it’s short!

I also put my gold ribbon knot earrings in the second, upper hole in my ears, so you could see them better. My paternal grandmother used to make lots of jewelry, including these simple yet striking earrings. I’ve also worn these earrings as a pair of brooches here.

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

And one final look at this breathtaking mural:

Librarian for Life + Style | SIA outfit, Native American mural in Tacoma

Weather:  Chilly and drizzly

Where:  En route to see the “Hip Hop Nutcracker” show at the Pantages Theatre in Tacoma

What:

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There is 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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!

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SIA: Native American mural weaving

It’s time for the new Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, which I curated this round. Since this SIA go-round nearly coincides with the upcoming American holiday of Thanksgiving, I wanted to choose a work that honored Native American perspectives and artistry.

SIA inspiration pick:

I chose a breathtaking new mural in Tacoma entitled “Working Forward, Weaving Anew,” designed by lead artists Esteban Camacho Steffensen and Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. It was painted this past summer, and it’s part of a new dedication by Tacoma in supporting local Native American voices in public art. The mural is the largest of its kind in the region, at 13,000 square feet, and it’s located in the historic Brewery district of Tacoma, and it’s also part of Tacoma’s Prairie Line Trail, a linear park that showcases public art and multiple perspectives of the Northern Transcontinental Railroad. You can read more about the mural online here and here.

This past weekend, I took the following photos of this mural:

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of "Working Forward, Weaving Anew" mural, Tacoma, 2017

Detail of “Working Forward, Weaving Anew” mural, Tacoma, 2017

Here’s a description of the mural, as written in a Tacoma News Tribune article:

It depicts a landscape where Native American people, weaving cedar baskets in the shadow of Mount Rainier, are intercepted by a logging saw and split lumber. The wood and cane weavings peel off into living, flowering branches, trailing across railway tracks in a palette of blue and gold.

Lots of scope here for interpretations, including the blue, gold, and brown colors, as well as a mix of different textures. (If you click the photos above to enlarge them, you will notice mixed media installations of rusted iron sculptures added to the mural.)

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 — that’s me! — at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, Nov. 21st, by 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd — the day before Thanksgiving!

Coral pleats + button-front outfit inspiration

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

The inspiration for my outfit today comes from Sarah Jessica Parker — or rather, a character’s costume she wore on set for “Best Day of My Life.” I pinned her outfit here on my Pinterest account. My version is not a faithful reproduction, but the basics of a blue button-front shirt and a pleated skirt are the same.

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

I love me some patent leather, which is reflected in my tortoiseshell-print wedges and my animal print belt. I also went for a different kind of animal print with my “put a bird on it” resin earrings! 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

The day I wore this, several colleagues — and students! — complimented me about both the pleated skirt and wearing bright colors together. Y’all know that I’m not afraid of wearing bright colors! 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Librarian for Life + Style | Coral pleated skirt + blue striped button-front

Weather:  Clear fall day — and probably the last day this year that I will be completely bare-legged!

Where:  Work that included teaching and reference shifts

What:

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SIA interpretation: Black Cat

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

And now it’s time for my interpretation for the most recent Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, this round curated by SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

The inspiration:

Salazar chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911).

Collage of "The Black Cat" and my inspiration outfit. "Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

Collage of “The Black Cat” and my inspiration outfit. “Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910, is in the Public Domain.

My interpretation:

I have several cat-print items in my wardrobe, including this adorable cat-print tee, so my main task was to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… and that’s when I realized that I hadn’t featured my cat-print dress on the blog for a few years. I have consistently worn this dress — it’s a staple during the fall season, and those on Instagram have seen me wear this dress already this fall (along with this same blanket scarf, although worn in a slightly different way) — but I just hadn’t bothered photographing it recently.

The colors in this dress are just so perfect for the inspiration artwork, as well as the kitty cats in the pattern!

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

And just how perfect is this background?! I knew this little Japanese garden would be a good starting point, as the artist for this week’s SIA inspiration artwork, Hishida Shunso, is Japanese. In the garden, I then spied this Japanese maple tree in this gorgeous shade of yellow, which matched the inspiration painting so well! It was meant to be. (Happy sigh.)

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

I forgot to get detail shots of my pumpkin earrings, but you can sorta see them in the pic above. I wore this outfit last Monday, the day before Halloween, so they still fit thematically. And in real life, the orange of those earrings popped against the black blanket scarf. One could argue that the pinstripes in this scarf also echoed the veins in the leaves in the inspiration painting? Right? That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. 😉

My tights also have a ribbed texture, so I’m mixing three different patterns together! Hello, my name is Jen, and I like to find new ways to pattern-mix.

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf closeup with boots and ribbed tights

Librarian for Life + Style | Pattern-mixing a cat-print dress and a pinstriped blanket scarf

Weather:  Dry and sunny, a perfect fall day

Where:  Work day at the library

What:

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Remixing this dress:

I mentioned at the beginning of this post that I hadn’t featured this cat-print dress on the blog for awhile, so I thought I’d make a collage of the previous ways that I have worn this cat-print dress. You’ll notice in the middle pic below that the back of this dress is actually a V-neck — but this time around, I switched the dress around to wear the rounder neckline in the back!

Librarian for Life + Style | Remixing my cat-print dress

Links to original posts:
left (2012)  //  middle (2013)  // right (2014)

There is 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 tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7th. Salazar will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, 14 Shades of Grey, this Wednesday.

Can’t wait to see the SIA round-up!


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SIA: Black Cat

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 chose “Kuroki Neko” — aka “Black Cat” — a painting by Japanese artist Hishida Shunso (1874-1911). I agree with Salazar that the colors are sooooooo perfect for the fall — and of course, a black cat is perfect for Halloween!

"Kuroki Neko" ("Black Cat") by Hishida Shunsō, 1910. This image is in the Public Domain.

“Kuroki Neko” (“Black Cat”) by Hishida Shunsō, 1910. This image is in the Public Domain.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this painting, and y’all know how much I adore cats! Now to narrow down which cat-print item in my wardrobe to choose from… ♥

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 Tuesday, November 7th. 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!