Sunday, May 5, 2013

15. My Life as a Woodcut

I love the gentle nudge when it comes to my wardrobe choices.
Well, there are wardrobe choices - and then there are wardrobe choices. Have you ever tried taking your inspiration from a painting, its mood, its colors, its actual message?

Following an artwork takes clothing choices to another level. This week's SIA - Style Imitating Art - inspiration artwork was "Feeding Ducks" by Mary Cassatt.

There was a lot of inspiration: soft colors like blue, celadon, old rose, muddy peach; a feeling of serenity; Japanese woodcut style; faintly Victorian clothing; water, boat and ducks.

So how did I incorporate them in my outfit?
Long sleeves for Victorian, blue and white woodcut printed blouse, a blue skirt, a blue scarf with ducks, an Art Deco style silk scarf with muddy peachy tones and celadon, a duck brooch, and shoes like a boat.

Here ducky ducky ducky...

I put the blue duck scarf at my feet - this is water. I pretend to be feeding the ducks, see?

Other fun stuff I am wearing:


these insane shoes. I found these at the car boot sale. They are going to be refashioned into
shoes for my Medieval wardrobe, but for this little while I enjoyed them with a mundane outfit.

Also starring: a delicate fabric loop necklace. I love these soft mauves and greys and the flash of gold.
And the woodcut shirt again - crinkled tissue cotton, perfect for a hot day.

The outfit once more:

skirt: me-made 2013
blouse: Esprit 2008
scarf and duck pin: passing through my hands
belt: la Femme Mimi 2013
necklace: Lassy Fair 2013

So, in the beginning I wrote how I feel this challenge is beneficial to my wardrobe choices. I am ashamed to say, this combination that looks so "normal"would never have happened had it not been for the challenge.
One tends to keep within a certain comfort zone. For me, perhaps, the comfort zone is a skirt, tee and cardigan. Time to change that!

linking with:
Sunday Style
Visible Monday
Mix.it
Style Imitating Art

20 comments:

  1. Wonderful way to step out of your "comfort zone", Juli. I love the print of the blouse. Thanks for sharing your artistic look with Visible Monday.

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    1. Always a pleasure, Patti! Mondays are fun.

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  2. That blue looks so good on you. Congrats on your blog launch. You are looking good!

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    1. So nice to see you here Bella!

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  3. i love ducks and also ducks in pattern:)
    thanks for your duck-mix-it, dear juli :)
    xxx birgit

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    1. I have no affinity for ducks - it's really funny that I should have these two pieces to combine!

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  4. Juli, das Muster der Bluse ist fantastisch. Ich liebe diese Farbe und das Muster das ein wenig an holländisches Porzellan erinnert.
    Eine Inspiration von einem Gemälde hab ich noch nicht bekommen, aber ab und zu von Fotografien - und damit meine ich nicht die Fotostrecken in den Modezeitschriften :D
    Lieben Gruss von Sabine

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    1. Ja stimmt, es ist ein bisschen wie zartes Porzellan.
      Von den Fotos der Modemagazine kann ich leider nichts abgewinnen. So wie von den der Magazine ähnlichen Blogs auch nicht... zum Glück habe ich hier eine ganze Gemeinschaft 'normale' Blogs und Mode gefunden (deines inklusive natürlich:-)

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  5. I love your ensemble honoring Mary Cassatt's wood block print. I, too, have a similar pose, but am not so delicately dressed. In fact, I would never wear what I have on anywhere but for the SIA. You, on the other hand, look terrific for going anywhere at all! Kudos to you.

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    1. I am surprised! You look so good in your SIA choices, why wouldn't you wear them out?
      Thanks for the kudos. They warm my heart.

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  6. Hallo genial gemixt,der Stoffdruck wunderbar.
    Liebe Grüße Annette

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    1. Danke, und danke für's Besuchen!

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    1. Thank you! It is fun, and so comfortable.

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  8. Really a lovely combination of colors, patterns and textures in your outfit! Very appropriate response, and you look pretty in it.

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    1. Yes, it is fun to combine colors and patterns. Thank you for visiting me.

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  9. Love the print and your inspiration!

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    1. It's hard to believe the shirt is over 5 yrs old. I believe it's going to be one of those agelessly fresh things that look good any year and every year. If only there were more like that!

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  10. I agree that these types of challenges help you get outside your comfort zone. When I'm no longer dressing out of a suitcase, I hope to participate again. Your look is so well-thought out!
    Gorgeous blouse! I simply adore the print. And those shoes do look like medieval poulaine shoes.

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    1. It would be fun to see your take on these challenges. Maybe you'll even pull off one out of the suitcase...

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