Fashionistas, welcome! So glad to have you stop by. Can we pretend we are sipping tea in bone china cups with our pinkies extended? And nibbling cucumber sandwiches before indulging in a plate of petit pours. Will you have cream in your tea? One lump of sugar or two?
Style Imitating Art, Cyanotype Photography of Anna Atkins
Today I am joining in on another Style Imitating Art (SIA) post. The curator for art featured in this edition is Jen from Librarian for Life and Style. She introduced us (me, at least) to the cyanotype photography of English botanist and photographer Anna Atkins, 1799-1871. Atkins is believed to be the first woman to take a photograph and the first person to publish a book of photographs. Now that’s what I call girl power. Right on, Anna! Jen chose Atkins photos for their simple color scheme.
The subject of Atkins’ delicate blue and white photography is plants, in particular, algae. For these cyanotypes, Atkins arranged the plants onto sheets of paper coated by light-sensitive chemicals. A technique also used in making blueprints. She used a sheet of glass to secure the plants in place on the treated paper and then set them in the sun. The sunlight could not pass through the plants and so they cast a negative image onto the paper. Once the image was sufficiently visible, the paper was washed of its chemicals leaving behind the negative of the algae. The end result is delicate and decidedly feminine.
Reminds me of an airier version Wedgwood or Blue Willow dinnerware. So lovely.
The first thing I thought of for my interpretation was a winsome, blue and white scarf I have had for several years. The fabric is so light that I knew it wouldn’t make me miserably hot to wear. I paired it with a Loft Outlet navy tank top with lace inset across its yoke. And my JCPenney stretch white denim walking shorts.
Sadly, I forgot to turn off the flash in my favorite photo of me in this outfit. My photography skills are no competition for Ms. Atkins.
Looks like I’ve grown a laser on my left knee! Have so enjoyed these Sketcher shoes my Prince bought for me on one of his recent business trips. Like walking little down pillows.
Although no one really dresses up where I work, I try to look at least bathed and somewhat put together. We don’t have AC and no windows to open, so on the hottest of days, it can feel a bit like a sweat box in there.
While working, I feel like I am also reaping the benefits of a 4-hour-long session in a sauna. I leave work each day feeling rather moisty. And a few pounds lighter.
I just received my white shorts through an online JCP order late in July so I haven’t gotten a lot of wear out of them. The good news is that old adage about not wearing white after Labor Day no longer applies. So with our warm September weather, I still have at least another month to wear these babies.
If you are in the market for some white shorts, check out these styles from JCPenney. The price is definitely right on all of them. And I have added a few scarves for your consideration, too. Can you guess which scarf costs more than all of my scarves put together?
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What’s your feeling about wearing white into next season? Will you be packing your white away? It will be interesting to read how many of you gals wear white after Labor Day.
If you would like to learn more about Anna Atkins, click here. She was light years ahead of her time. Salute, Anna Atkins!
Going to get busy ironing. I am almost caught up! If I hurry, I can go one whole day without having an ironing pile. Quite the feat around here.
Have a blessed week.
Hugs and kisses,