Smooth Seas Do Not Make For Skillful Sailors

This Book of Deer Seafarer kilt arrived right before I left and instantly went from it's mailing package into my suitcase with barely a breath of PA air inbetween. The painting on it was originally painted on a pillowcase by a fellow sailor on the designer's Grandfather's ship. Is that so interesting? I feel as if sailors and soldiers are often depicted as these rough, manly men, but there's actually a wealth of art that has come from ships. Have you seen a Sailor's Valentine (which were probably not made by the sailors, but it is still secretly my dream to receive one of these one day)? There's a wealth of other examples of detailed artwork historically coming from sailors--from knots to intricately carved pipes and pieces of bone. The pillowcase-now-skirt feels almost like a piece of history and depicts a ship on a stormy sea and the weather certainly echoed that image on our day--perhaps it even summoned it. Winds and rain had kept us inland most of my visit to Northern Ireland, but we braved the weather on this day for a drive down to a cute coastal town in Ireland. These pictures were taken quickly on a small beach between rain showers--you can see the mountains of Northern Ireland on the other side of the water.

Outfit details:
cardigan (similar)
slip dress worn as top (old, similar)
Balielf flats
*pictures by Thomas


Sonya Mann said...

I really love this outfit & the writing that goes along with it. Your respect for art that has historically been given little honor is one of the reasons I love your blog :)

Danielle M. said...

The Seafarer kilt looks wonderful on you! The pictures are great, too. :)

Leslie: DowntownHaute said...

Love the slip dress! Cute!


Nikki Williams said...

that jacket looks so warm and cozy!



Kitsune-kun said...

holy moly the print on that skirt is stunning. I fall so hard for this kind of stuff. I love the colour palette and the almost wood-block style illustration. it's almost worth framing instead of wearing!