Inspired By Nick Cave’s Soundsuit – Style Imitating Art

April 7, 2021
Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag

I don’t usually post on a Wednesday but I’m taking part in Style Imitating Art for the first time! Style Imitating Art is hosted by Daenel of Living Outside the Stacks, Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, and Terri of Meadow Tree Style. Style Imitating Art challenges us to draw style inspiration from pieces of art. Every other Monday, one of the hosts, acting as curator, selects an inspiration image that they will each post on their blogs. The following Monday, each host shares her art inspired outfit. Participants can submit their art inspired outfits to the curator by 10 pm (EST) on Tuesday, following the hosts’ art inspired outfit posts. Then the next day (Wednesday) the curator will share all of the submissions on their blog.

The Inspiration Artwork

Terri of MeadowTree Style chose one of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits for this week’s Style Imitating Art. You can read why she chose this particular piece of artwork here.

Born on February 4th 1959 in Fulton, Missouri, Nick Cave is an American fabric sculptor, performance artist, and dancer. His best-known work is the Soundsuits series – costumes that completely cover the individual’s body. They camouflage the shape of the wearer, enveloping and creating a second skin that hides gender, race, and class, thus compelling the audience to watch without judgment. He usually makes the Soundsuits from sisal, dyed human hair, beads, plastic buttons, wire, feathers, and sequins.

Nick Cave soundsuit

My outfit inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuit

For my outfit inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuit I took my prompt from the crochet work and birds. As you probably know, I have several crocheted vests, so that became the starting point. The crochet in the Soundsuit features many different colours and patterns, which I attempted to mimic by layering the vest over a polka dot top. The common colours of black and blue prevent it from looking too random, although in hindsight I wish I’d included a few accents of warm colours.

Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag

I couldn’t incorporate quite as many birds as the artist, but I did manage a bluebird brooch and some owl earrings!

reson bird brooch
owl earring

A guest appearance from a real bird!

Actually, there was another bird just out of shot…this blackbird in the bush next to me. This is the second year running that blackbirds have nested in the garden. Sadly, last year none of the young survived so I’ll be on high alert for any cats this year. Henry hasn’t got many teeth left so he’s not really a threat, but we do get a lot of other cats visit us. Around this time of year the wildlife hospital where I volunteer starts to get busy with injured and orphaned young. I haven’t been able to go since before Christmas as I’ve been working six days a week, so now I’m really looking forward to getting back to it!

Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag

My nod to the flowers in the artwork was my flower ring…unfortunately I forgot that I’d left a hair tie on my finger next to it! Oh well, at least it’s colour co-ordinated!

How would you create an outfit inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuit? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag

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Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag
Inspired By Nick Cave's Soundsuit - Style Imitating Art, crocheted vest, Coast baby cord trousers, Moschino pale blue quilted bag

Crochet vest from eBay | Marks & Spencer top | Coast cord trousers | Marks & Spencer boots | Love Moschino bag | SVNX sunglasses (from Asos) | brooch from eBay

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9 responses to “Inspired By Nick Cave’s Soundsuit – Style Imitating Art”

  1. Suzy says:

    It’s funny, when I first saw the inspiration artwork for this week, I immediately thought of you, Emma! I believe Shelbee did too! You look fab, and nailed it!
    I’m glad you took part. It’s fun, right?!
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

  2. Lizzie says:

    I love that handbag!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  3. Jacqui Berry says:

    Wow, what a fab choice. An interesting challenge, not sure I’d know where to start. Thanks for sharing Hun. x Jacqui

  4. SUZI GRANT says:

    Love Nick Cave! What a brilliant sweater. x

  5. Oh Emma we have the same taste!! I adore this crochet- you styled it up beautifully ! xx

  6. Natalie says:

    I love the sweater!! The blues are so pretty and go perfect with your hair!

  7. Love your interpretation of this art! This vest is so cool!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  8. Lovely says:

    Love the vest! The bird brooch is beautiful!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

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