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Is it Art or Fashion?

Scottie Kersta-Wilson

Another post in the ongoing series, Is it Art or Fashion? This go 'round I'd like to examine the idea of multiple uses for a piece of art. In my case, for example, can it hang on the wall and be worn (not at the same time, obviously)?

 Reflections II silk from the Aachen series sewn to canvas.

Reflections II silk from the Aachen series sewn to canvas.

  Reflections II  silk twill scarf, limited edition of 15.

Reflections II silk twill scarf, limited edition of 15.

Is Reflections II art or fashion or both? In the top photo, the 36x36 inch silk has been sewn loosely, in a sculptural fashion, to a canvas. Art, right? In the lower image, the silk has been photographed to show a way in which to wear the piece. Fashion, right?

Ultimately, of course, it's up to you. But, the idea of wearable art is one that intrigues me, given the fact that both these pieces are mine and to me equally beautiful.

 

 Rikki Nimon stitches the silk, Snowfall Blooming from the War and Nature series, to a 60x60 canvas. Background paintings are by  Pamela Staker .

Rikki Nimon stitches the silk, Snowfall Blooming from the War and Nature series, to a 60x60 canvas. Background paintings are by Pamela Staker.

  Snowfall Blooming  silk twill scarf, limited edition of 15.

Snowfall Blooming silk twill scarf, limited edition of 15.

Here's another silk piece doing double duty: Snowfall Blooming from the War and Nature series.

And finally here's a silk piece that a client has displayed in a way that allows the same piece to be worn or hung.

 

  Berlin Wall I  silk twill scarf hanging in a private collection. It can easily be slipped off the rod and worn as a scarf or even a belt.

Berlin Wall I silk twill scarf hanging in a private collection. It can easily be slipped off the rod and worn as a scarf or even a belt.

Do you look at the object differently, depending on its form? Each of my images tells a story; perhaps better understood hanging? But wearing it, brings the story along with you to share.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, not only on "Is it art or fashion?", but how you may have multi-purposed art you've either purchased or created.

Is it Art or Fashion?

Scottie Kersta-Wilson

The Vivienne Files is a unique personal style blog with carefully-selected capsule wardrobes based on color palettes drawn from works of art, nature, and more. It helps women buy less clothing, and to love what they buy.

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My Ma* Hates Mother's Day

Scottie Kersta-Wilson

Can you believe that the mother of this somewhat charming and attractive crew really really hates Mother's Day?

 Ma with her five lovely and doting children

Ma with her five lovely and doting children

She has a theory that a guilty child fabricated The Day in order to have a pressing reason to call his or her mother. And she suspects that said child has stock in Hallmark.

As a single parent who raised us for 50 years, she's of the opinion that every day should be Mother's Day. As one of the five she raised, I can't say that I blame her.** So, we do our best throughout the year to show her we care; we call, we write, we visit, and on Mother's Day we make sure she has a card and a little gift, whether it's new washer, new mailbox, a bit of jewelry from the fabulous Texas jeweler James Avery,*** or even a piece of wearable art from her favorite eldest daughter. Because for all her disdain, she knows it's the official Mother's Day.

I guess what I'm saying, is that every day is a day to celebrate mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, and all helpers of anyone. But be sure you don't forget them on Mother's Day. And from our family to yours, Happy Mother's Day!

* She also hates "Ma", so I use it whenever possible

** Not that we were horrible children by any means

*** Running a great "buy two charms and get the bracelet or necklace free" promo