|dress - Kate Spade Saturday (via ebay) / shoes - Kenneth Cole via Zappos / cardigan - Target / necklace - vintage / crinoline - Amazon|
Hello! I'm trying to get better with regularly scheduled #OnWednesdayWeWearArt posts. I have ideas for the upcoming weeks... lets see if I can discipline myself enough to follow through! I really have no excuse at this point. I have less than 3 weeks left of graduate school, and I will be FINISHED! A whole year of classes, plus two unexpected additional classes this summer to complete a Technology Specialist Endorsement and a Computer Applications Middle School endorsement. If you're not familiar with IL teacher licensure, it's a lot of paperwork and red tape to teach some subjects, even if you already have 13 years of experience teaching middle school and have a certificate that covers even more than the area you're going for. You still have to take repetitive classes to... get money out of me? I don't know. Whatever. It's done now. Let's celebrate!
This week's artist theme is currently one of my favorite artists. Her name is Britt Bass Turner, and she makes amazing abstract paintings using the most beautiful colors. I actually first discovered her work when May Designs introduced the May Designs x Britt Bass collaboration notebooks. Since I'm a planner/stationery nerd, I ordered a few of these simply because I fell in love with the design. Then, I started to see Britt's work all over! For instance, this KSlademade zipper pouch handbag (that is too expensive for me to buy, but sold out anyways), or these awesome wallpapers for your phone and computer via DesignLoveFest.
I can only hope to have the moola to one day afford REAL art. Like, not prints, but PAINTINGS. There are a few beautiful ones available on Britt's site in the $300 range for 16x20 size. Of course, I want the $1000 ones. :) A girl can dream, right?
I love the focus on the basic design elements: color and shape. The occasional line... the use of space. Something about the composition really speaks to me. The outside eye would say "oh I could do that," but TRY IT. SERIOUSLY. I DARE YOU. I only wish I could pull off cool stuff like this. My abstracts always look so amateur...
So this Kate Spade Saturday dress looks like a slightly brighter Britt Bass painting, don't you think? The dress pattern is called "Freestyle," and I never snagged this dress back when the Kate Spade Saturday site was still active. So I stalked and stalked ebay and set alerts for it, and then one day it became available! It wasn't an awesome amazingly thrifty score, but I tell you it was worth every penny because I have been in love with this dress for so long, I will probably appreciate this dress more than anyone else that owns one!
I've gotten into a weird habit over the summer of falling in love with unavailable dresses and stalking them online. In an upcoming post, I'll feature some of my 2009 Anna Sui for Target acquisitions, and I've also recently begun the dangerous addiction that is Pinup Girl Clothing. Dun da dun dun.
Britt Bass Turner lives and works in Georgia, and even has a studio that you can visit! She offers studio sessions several times per year to actually come and paint with her. Or, you can order a "studio sesh in a box" which has all the directions and supplies you need to make your own abstract masterpiece.
This dress has a fabric tie-style belt, that I prefer to wear completely cinched, as shown above. You can also tie it in creative ways to create a cape-like back section... but I tried that and it made me look really wide. Not a flattering silhouette. I think that the dress is probably one size too large, but I was so excited to NOT buy it, or to chance that the smaller size might not fit. #fashionwishliststalkergirlproblems.
These paintings are too too beautiful. I like that Britt doesn't limit herself to just one medium. She'll paint with watercolors and acrylics, and they both turn out equally awesome. I think my favorite pieces are the ones with pink swatches in them.
I wore my trusty Kenneth Cole flats again on this day. Also, I tried out one of my new black crinolines from Amazon. I decided to give them a try since they are relatively inexpensive, but I discovered that the reason for it is that they are scratchy and do not lay nice like the nice chiffon one I owned from Domino Dollhouse. I'll need to find a new source, obviously. But this will work in a pinch.
More beautiful abstract work (with pink swatches) from Britt Bass Turner. <3 p="">
Eyeliner on point on this day. Also, awesome pink lipstick to match - I think that it was Tarina Tarantino (similar)? And chunky pink vintage beaded necklace, which was a birthday gift a few years ago from Steph.
Jen @ Hell Razor