Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Style Imitating Art Inspiration: Anna Atkins Cyanotype

Join Us for Style Imitating Art {living outside the stacks}

Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece. Style Imitating Art {aka SIA} is hosted by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}, Salazar {14 Shades of Grey}, and me. Every other Monday, one of us curates an art piece to use as style inspiration for the following week {host outfits are posted on the following Monday, with participant outfits posted on Wednesday}.


Anna Atkins Collage {Style Imitating Art}

Anna Atkins Cyanotope {all of her images are public domain}

Jen “…came across the amazing botanical photographs of Anna Atkins (1799-1871), who is considered to be the first woman to take a photograph — and the first person EVER to publish a book of photographic images. She learned to use the cyanotype photographic process directly from its inventor Sir John Herschel. Most of her images were published in Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, which she first published in 1843 and in subsequent editions throughout 1853. As an amateur botanist, she took cyanotypes of algae, flowers, ferns, feathers, branches, and coral. She also published her photographs in Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Ferns (1853) and Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns (1854).”

You can learn more about Anna Atkins by clicking here.


This week’s inspiration piece was curated by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style}. Jen created the collage of her favorite images because “the color scheme is simple, purple or white, but I thought you could have fun with prints or jewelry.”

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at by Tuesday, 28 August. I’ll share the submissions on my blog on Wednesday, 29 August.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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