This week the inspiration word was JUXTAPOSITION, which means: placing things side-by-side. In art this usually is done with the intention of bringing out a specific quality or creating an effect, particularly when two contrasting or opposing elements are used. The viewer’s attention is drawn to the similarities or differences between the elements.
As I thought about this word this week, I simultaneously watched, with thorough enjoyment, the changing of the seasons here in Utah. I took a morning walk on Monday and paid close attention to the leaves and trees and colors and textures. And of course the sky.
When I finally sat down to create something, I knew I wanted my project to reflect what I’d seen in nature, and so I began pairing different combinations of fabric together in my mind. My initial plan was for a heavy linen and lace, but I couldn’t find the right linen so I “settled” on a brownish-plum tweed-like fabric that I wound up loving so much more than the linen I’d hoped to find. It’s sturdy and soft, rich and warm–perfect for fall, and so close to the colors of the leaves on our tree out front.
Then to find the right lace. Lace–because, to me, it looks like the fall sky with its delicate, but crisp, airiness. I think the juxtaposition of the tweed and lace in this skirt is the perfect representation of everything Autumn.
I used the wrap skirt pattern found here as a starting point and modified it slightly when sewing the side seams and, of course, when I added the lacy strips to the hem. Now I just need to find a light blue cardigan set and some tall brown boots to wear with it!
Don’t forget to check out Melissa’s fantastic pillow with its sea of juxtaposed ruffles and Sandi’s lovely autumnal cloche. To see other projects inspired by the word JUXTAPOSITION, visit the So Sew! Flickr group. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
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