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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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



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The post in which Pic Monkey gets a workout

Here’s are some finds from recent thrifting expeditions. I am taking a page out of Vix’s book and collaging them. It was my first experience with Pic Monkey. I may have gotten carried away.

My favorite score was this early 1970s fashion doll wardrobe case made by Miner ($6). I don’t really like dolls or doll-related things, but I saw this and knew I had to have it. I love her groovy long waistcoat and the stars and rainbow in the background.

I looked online and found the same design in different colorways.

On Etsy here and here.

And I found other cases made by Miner, all with illustrations of the latest fashions.

Clockwise from upper left: You can buy them here, here, here, and here.

I like mine best, with the 'Cher' one in second place. I’m guessing mine is about 1968-69, and the ‘Cher’ one about 1970? What do you think?

Here's some of my other finds. The first two I'm keeping. I haven't decided on the rest.

Yardage of velvety upholstery fabric so I can make my own carpet bag, $3.  Silk scarf with collage of Italian magazines, $2.25. Two homemade key holders. Vintage Liberty of London silk scarf.

These will likely be moving on.

1970s paisley scarf. Carl Larsson picture book 'Our Family' from 1983. 'Flying Kites' book from 1968. Curtain panels of 1970s fabric with a patchwork of exotic motifs.

Thank you everyone for your comments on my Frock on Friday post. Based on your comments, I think it will be worth my taking in the underskirt so that I can wear it without a tunic over it.

I learned how to use (and abuse) Pic Monkey, so linking to Ta-Dah! Tuesday on Faith Hope and Charity Shopping.


Exhibitions to see, things to unpack

To follow up on the Biba theme of the last two posts, I found out that the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery in the U.K. will be hosting the exhibition, “Biba and Beyond: Barbara Hulanicki” running from 22 September 2012 to 14 April 2013.

I also can’t wait to see the Tate Britain’s exhibition, “Pre-Raphaelites – Victorian Avant-Garde,” opening on 12 September this year and the new, renovated William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, opening in August. 

Until then I have a lot of unpacking to do.

I just moved 54 boxes and assorted small pieces of furniture out of storage and back into my apartment. Packed away for 5 years, it is like thrift-store shopping -- where everything is a treasure -- as I open each box. Most of the boxes contain art and design books, but there is a good amount of other stuff to be re-discovered.

What is in this antique medical-supply trunk?

Fabric! 1950s fabric, Arts & Crafts reproduction fabric purchased at Liberty & Co., and hand-loomed raw silk -- and that's just the top layer. This is going to be fun.

Have you re-discovered anything lately?