About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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I have art history in my soul

First off, it was incredibly exciting to find out that I’ve been Digital Catwalk-ized by the talented Anne (Spy Girl). I'm honored to have joined her gallery of bloggers.

This wasn’t going to be an outfit post.

I threw something on today for my exciting trip to Whole Foods to drop off my compost (I store it in the freezer and take it there once a week. So, if you ever come to my apartment, don't be surprised to find a freezer full of garbage). While out, I saw a former colleague from my previous life as a museum curator. She and I run into every now and then. We caught each other up our latest news. Although I don’t work in the museum or art history field anymore, she said, “Look at you with that scarf, and brooch, and those shoes. You have art history in your soul.”

So, when I came home--although I hadn’t been planning to-- I took photos of what I was wearing (hence, the glasses and lack of make-up. Sometimes I don’t put on make-up and contact lenses to drop off my compost).

The clogs were thrifted and recently painted by me. They were brown and have gone through several shades of green, none that I was happy with until this bright olive green (the color is more like the before photo on the top right than the acid green in the bottom photo). At one point they even had vines and scrolls all over them. That looked messy, so I repainted them and kept a band of vines. I didn’t like that and painted them again. I am still not happy with the purple flowers. Too cutesy. The great thing is I can just paint over them.

I grabbed the biggest brooch I had to pin my jacket closed.

1970s polyester jacket, thrifted. Early 20th-century Renaissance-style lion’s head brooch, I’ve owned for decades. Scarf with hand embroidery and mirrorwork, purchased in Gujarat, India. Long-sleeved t-shirt and skirt, thrifted. Clogs, thrifted and painted by me.

I guess this is what having "art history in my soul" looks like.

My catwalk image is joining Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Reader Comments (11)

I must remember this color combination, bottle green (on my monitor) with that beautiful blue. I own tights in the same color, that got me really exited.
The shoes are so clever, but first I thought you had glued or velcroed on a woven ribbon, but no, it's actually painted. Cool.
I added the link you wished for in my sidebar :-) But have to disappoint you, there's no clothing there yet. There's a medieval cap on my Burda page, though, link is also provided.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjuli

Hey Jo, I love this rich colour combo! The shape of the jacket is wonderful, as is that brooch. I think it's so cool that you paint your shoes. If I did that, they'd have me on the Fashion Police for globby, clumpy shoes. :)

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

You are art personified as Spy Girl's proved! Love that gorgeous jacket with the beautiful brooch clip and the hand-painted shoes are, as ever, an absolute triumph. I can only imagine the mess I'd make if I attempted anything like that! xxx

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Your outfit is in a really good colour combination. People used to say that you shouldn't combine blue & green when I was a teenager. I think they were mad: it's a fab combination. I love that you paint your shoes; I really must have a go at that.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Art history in your soul! I love that - and this is a great, from-the-soul look; thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday.

Spy Girl is capturing all my faves for that catwalk! I really hope she makes a book of them. Your green clogs amaze me- I never even thought of painting shoes (yes I'm planning to paint a dress) so you just opened a Pandora's box for me. Thank you. PS: I like the mix of real life no make up and glasses with the usual arsenal of dolled up outfit pics. It brings it home that we are for real, not idealized models but real women carrying about our lives expressing ourselves in dress. Hi Joyati. Hello.

That is indeed what having art history in your soul looks like, Jo!
Love blue and green together, drooling over that huge brooch, and your painted shoes are incredible.
Anne has done some amazing portraits, I'm so glad she has been inspired by you! xxx

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

What a wonderful thing for someone to say about you! And it's true. Painting shoes is so fun. There's no end to what you can do, and like you said, you can't really fail at it. Love all the little touches that make your ensemble yours. Isn't cool being spy girled! Such an honor. Wasn't that your going to tea outfit?

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterpao

I agree, you do have art history in your soul! It's a distinctive outfit, even if it seems ordinary to you. Who cares about the glasses or lack of make-up. The brooch is just gorgeous, and using it as a clasp for your jacket is brilliant!

What paint do you use on your shoes? I bought some Lumiere, but only found it in metallic, which is not what I really want.

April 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

Yes, lovely. And there isn't anything like that kind of comeplement, is there? You look amazing.
And yeaaaayyyyy for you and your compost. What a good idea ... co-op and city recycling and renewal projects are something I miss terribly down here. No services makes it more difficult to just toss things, but too many people solve the problem by burning huge piles of it or dumping it in the nearest ravine.
Good job, all around, you.

April 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan Graham-McMillen

I love SpyGirl's picture of you! And what a great use for a big old brooch.

May 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

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