My Sew Sew Life-Dramatic Black Tunic for Style Imitating Art

The work for this week’s Style Imitating Art is phenomenal. Right at the top, I would like to think Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey for featuring this wonderful Brazilian fiber artist. After Salazar posted the challenge, I did a little research and found that Janaina Mello Landini received her architectural degree in 1999 and then attended art school five years later. She has been working on her Ciclotrama series since 2010.

Her understanding of space, physics and math are evident in her installations.

My first impressions when I looked at one of her Ciclotrama works were:

  • Different thicknesses of lines to create her universe of roots, vessels, synapses or however you want to interpret it
  • Contrast between black and gold
  • The use of curved versus straight
  • The ornate floral gilded pattern on the deconstructed frame

Those were the points I considered when deciding what to use for this round of SIA.

My Interpretation-Yes, I’m Wearing a Crown!

I went with something I made a couple of years ago. Severely hacked from an pattern to get my vision of a dramatic top with a high low hem; the full story about it is HERE (with more photos and all that sewing nitty gritty).

Contrasting against the black, I have a gold pendant from Kansas City jewelry designer Georgina Herrera which is based on a root motif. My other jewelry is gold as well.

And yes, I am wearing my crown that is very linear with its vine motif. It reminded me of the motifs on the gold framework used in the installation.

Where would I wear a crown? Well, this was at a Game of Thrones convention in Dallas, Texas and believe me, I didn’t stand out. Honestly, I love wearing this thing-it’s fun!

Finally, I like the fact that I’m standing in front of a pillar that has vertical and horizontal lines etched into it-more of the liner vs. the curved.

This would have almost worked too, except no gold unless you count my sister’s shawl. I do wear my crown where I can-like fashion shows.
A closer view of my crown. Christie of AnnMann Designs came up with this little gem.

If you want to have some fun, check this bi-weekly challenge out. Every Monday, there is a post on the ladies’ websites announcing what art work is going to be used. You don’t have to have a blog or even an Instagram account to participate-just send your photo (if its from your blog or IG, that will be published too). Include a statement of how that work of art influenced your decisions in styling your look. There are no wrong answers and all submissions will be published the next Wednesday by the curator for that round. Check it and them out!

Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks (this weeks curator)

Kim of Fierce Fashion

Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey

That’s it for today. Keep stylin’ and stay creative.

12 thoughts on “My Sew Sew Life-Dramatic Black Tunic for Style Imitating Art

  1. Oh, my goodness! I’m loving the high-low tunic hack. You really nailed this challenge. Your gold accent necklace is beautiful, too. Anywhere you can wear a crown, is good–how fun you went to a Game of Thrones convention!

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    1. Thank you, I have to admit I was pretty happy with the outcome of my top. And the crown, well, it’s just fun to wear where I can. Thank you for dropping. I’ll come over to visit.


    1. Thank you Mireille, It had been a long time since I had seem something in my mind and tried to create it. It was a pretty good feeling that I liked how it turned out.
      The crown is a bit flamboyant, but it’s fun to wear once in a while. It sort of reminded me of cat ears and I think that’s what made me want it. Take care,Terri


  2. What a great monochrome outfit and that crown is such a fun statement piece! you did really well meeting this theme and it was nice to read more about the artist too 🙂

    Hope that you had a good weekend! 🙂 Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup!


  3. This tunic is fabulous, Terri! I love the drama of a long tunic and an asymmetrical hem. So cool. And your crown is perfect for this challenge! I really need to pay closer attention to the style imitating art prompts. You all come up with the best outfits from these prompts! Thanks for linking with me.


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    1. Thank you, Shelbee-I will have to admit, this challenge has been one of the most fun things I’ve participated in through the blogging community. First doing it and then seeing how everyone else interpreted it. We all see something different in the same artwork. The next challenge is just a pair of purple boudoir slippers.


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