Multi Colored Shirt for Gunta Stöltz’s “Cows in Landscape”

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Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspiration image and we each post the image on our blogs. The following Monday we share our art-inspired outfits. The following Wednesday, the curator shares all of the submissions on her blog.

This Weeks Curator

That would be me.

This Week’s Inspirational Art
Cows in Landscape (1920), a weaving by Gunta Stöltz
How I Interpenetrated This Work with My Style

This is a work where you can just pick out certain elements to use. For me, it was the multi colors, patterns and actual textural weaving. I’m not one known for a colorful and vibrant wardrobe so this was a challenge for me, but I did pick the work. Honestly, a day after I published this, I panicked a little bit.

But, I pulled out one of my favorite Tee-Shirts and a wave of calm overcame me. Here is what I did…

I started with a Tee-Shirt by Kansas City designer Whitney Manney. Whitney, a Kansas City Art Institute graduate, has been an important fixture in the Kansas City fashion world for about six years. In 2020 she was a JOANN Fabrics Minority Creative Grant Winner and a lot of makers out there are being introduced to Whitney.

If you go to her online site, check out the slide show. I did not realize until today that Rachelle and I are in it and one of them is me wearing this shirt. That is so exciting to me that sI am included. I’m humbled (and pretty darn happy).

Unfortunately, for me, there’s not too much of her designs that I can wear. However, over the years, I’ve picked up a couple of shirts, this being one one them.

Like the painting, it is vibrant and full of color and pattern. I didn’t even worry if the colors matched because I thought the spirit was there. American Eagle jeans, some blue suede wedges help finish up the look.

Because there are both horizontal and vertical woven stripe patterns in the weaving, I grabbed my blue woven Anthony Luciano tote . Like all of his bags I have, I found it used. This time it was on eBay.

Then there is the belt. It’s a J & M Davidson and was made in Britain. I was shopping for some new belts last Winter on The RealReal and ran across this one. I had never heard of this company and looked them up. I was impressed with what I saw and decided to add it to my bag. I really need to start reading sizes! This belt is so massive and wide. That buckle (which I was drawn to) should have given me a clue but I just didn’t really pay attention.

Black Around the Edges

I also noticed that the weaving has black around the sides and bottom. This gives me a chance to show how I usually wear this shirt, under my black blazer (this tee-shirt under a blazer is almost a uniform for me when it gets cooler).

The only difference would be that I would also have some black shoes or boots on.

Those are apple trees. We have a mini orchard and Darcy wanted to get in the action today.

That finishes me up.

It’s now your turn.

I hope you find something in this work that inspired you. Send me what you come up with at along with a small blurb on how the work influenced you choices) by tomorrow.

I will do a roundup this Wednesday featuring all your designs. There are no wrong answers and I’m looking forward to your style ideas.

Take care everyone and stay creative!

7 thoughts on “Multi Colored Shirt for Gunta Stöltz’s “Cows in Landscape”

  1. Homerun. What a unique, interesting tee. The movement and shapes in its print really replicates the art. Great idea to add the black blazer. I thought maybe it was a nod to the dark frame but then went back and realized there are the black edges in the textile itself. Cutie cutie shoes, too!! Just a fabulous look.

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    1. Thsnk you. I have always loved this Tee. After I posted this, I went on her site and got the last scarf of one that I’ve been wanting for three years-talk about waiting until the last minute!

      I’ve worn these shoes four summers solid-they will always be one of my favorites.


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