Roundup of “Floral Forms” by James Bisstram

Hello and welcome to a Style Imitating Art review featuring all the beautiful interpretations sent to me this week.

What is Style Imitating Art?

Style Imitating Art is hosted by Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge, and me. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday one of us selects an inspirational 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 is that Wednesday for me!

This Week’s Inspirational Work

Emile James Bisttram was born in Hungary, near the Romanian border in 1906. He Immigrated with his family to New York, NY in 1906. He eventually moved to Taos, New Mexico, and opened a gallery, The Heptagon, in Taos in 1932. Bisttram died in Taos, in 1976. Even though he was born in Europe, and was reared in New York, I feel Bisttram was a regional artist of the Southwest 0specifically New Mexico).

More about him can be found HERE:

Let’s Take a Look to See What Everyone Did

Sally, of Within a World of My Own

Sally combined plaid pants and a new floral linen top to create a bright spring outfit based on the color scheme, floral motif, and geometric elements of the inspiration artwork. She did a beautiful job of pattern mixing.

Marsha of Marsha in the MIddle

Marsha is wearing Gudrun Sjödén. The Peace dress features these round roses with a bit of blue-grey leaves. It has those beautiful blues surrounding the flowers on the Bisstram work. I have never heard of this brand but it is such a beautiful dress.

Your Hosts

Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey

Salazar picked the skirt to mimic the poppies, and the shirt to mimic the lines of green and the daubs of blue in the background of the painting. She added a brooch that looks pretty close to a Poppy. This is such a lovely combination!

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge

Zhelbee recently purchased this dress on clearance for $8 because she was drawn to the print and the colors, which happened to be perfect for this challenge. However, she needed to first alter the dress to make it wearable for her. The answer was to turn it into a duster and layered it over an old slip dress that also has colors and prints that are representative of the painting. In keeping with the idea of floral forms, Shelbee added a floral scarf and a cowgirl hat with painted roses. Her cowgirl hat and preloved cowboy boots pay tribute to the artist’s home in New Mexico.

Great job Shelbee! I love the fact that she took something that she thought was unflattering and upcycled it into a useful piece of clothing.

And Me

Although I loved this painting with its floral forms, I really didn’t have too much in my closet as far as prints that would work, so I went to color basics as I do many times. I really like this outfit (as I said Monday, it reminds me of Catherine Kepburn).

This wraps up this Review for this round of Style Imitating Art. Thank you everyone for your wonderful interpretation of my second curation for this year. It was wonderful to see such gorgeous ideas.

That’s it. Take care, everyone, and see you next week when Shelbee presents her first artwork.

Stay creative (with this group, that’s an easy one)!

7 thoughts on “Roundup of “Floral Forms” by James Bisstram

  1. I love all the red and blue in these outfits! My submission must have gotten lost in the shuffle but I have posted it on my blog today if you’re interested in another take on this wonderful artwork.


    1. Yes, I see that Sally-I was home until after 10 Pzm yesterday and had to do the writing fairly early in the day. I will get yours on it and also repost tomorrow on Instagram.


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