About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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"She was dressed, as usual, in an odd assortment of clothes, most of which had belonged to other people." 

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym (1913-1980)



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Cosmic t-shirt

Marshall Lester London was not a label I’d heard of until I bought this fabulous, long-sleeved nylon t-shirt at The Garment District (vintage store in Cambridge, MA).

There's some info on the label here.

Bright golden yellow plastered with red, white and blue stars, the planet Saturn and the number ‘7,’ I think it's a highly visible garment that's just perfect for Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Worn with my trusty 1970s bronze moon face pendant, 1930s bakelite pin, and a thrifted cotton vest.

Stars, suns, and moons are my leitmotifs. Here are some photos I took on my travels this year.

Top two: Sun and moon from stonework frieze from the 18th-century Circus (townhouses arranged in a circular shape) in Bath, UK. The Circus was supposed to represent 'the sun’ whereas the nearby Royal Crescent represented ‘the moon.’ Bottom left to right: Sun detail from a 16th-century maiolica plate, National Museum of Ravenna, Italy. Sun detail from a stained glass window in the Winter Smoking Room, Cardiff Castle, interiors designed by William Burges (1827-1881).


Pretty and happy

Today was a beautiful spring day and there was a palpable sense of relief in my neighborhood after a harrowing week.

I felt like wearing a pretty dress even if it was just to run errands.

I bought this dress on Etsy a couple years ago. It was a maxi dress with short puffy sleeve. I shortened it and took the elastic out of the sleeves to make butterfly sleeves.

The print of the fabric makes me happy.

Bulbous-toed oxfords bought in London in the early 1990s. I've always called them my ‘clown shoes.’

Google search results for 'clown shoes.' Uh, oh, take away the inflated toe and boat-like proportions and I’d wear most of these. Some look very similar to the too-big (yes, even with a padded insole) shoes of my last post. Well, I guess if I can wear clown pants, I can wear clown shoes.

1970s dress, altered, Etsy. Corduroy jacket, $3, thrifted. Fabric flower pin made by me. Silver moonface/amethyst necklace purchased in the 1970s. Oxfords, purchased at Hobbs in London, early 1990s. Indian cotton bag made by me from a thrifted 1960s jacket. 

I'm out and about at Visible Monday.


Best of the Web and unearthing collections

My blog has been featured on the Pocket Change blog's Best of the Web series! Check out the series and the other great featured blogs. Thanks, Pocket Change!

I’m still in the throes of re-discovering my belongings newly released from storage. I spent years traipsing around flea markets and junk shops assembling various collections.

Like this army of vintage Scottie dog planters.

Who have now been given back their sentry duty atop my kitchen cupboards (I have boards on top of the cupboards so that the dogs are sitting level with the top edge of the cupboard.)

And this phalanx of miniature ceramic “head jugs” -- 22 of them. They are sort of like moon faces, which is probably why I started collecting them in the first place.

Some are creepier than others.

Copyright Replacements, Ltd.I believe they were based on the character jug, John Barleycorn, produced by the English pottery, Royal Doulton, and  introduced in 1934.

My head jugs were sold as novelty souvenirs, available at a number of tourist sites. Three of the jugs have the name of the sites: Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Twin Lakes Lodge, Fernleigh (Ontario); and Prince Edward Island. The jugs marked with the Canadian sites also have the manufacturer’s name on the underside. They are stamped “McMaster Canada” for the McMaster pottery (1938-1988) in Ontario, Canada. These two also have similar glazes, one is brown with splashes of green on the rim and the other is green with splashes of brown on the rim.

I’m not sure if all of them were made by McMasters. The unmarked ones were perhaps made by a pottery in the U.S. I purchased all of these jugs in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire.

Copyright: Replacements, Ltd.In the U.S., the Taunton, Massachusetts, silver company Reed & Barton produced a silver version, called “Sunny Jim,” in the early to mid-20th century.

If anyone has more info on these ceramic "head jugs" please let me know!


Confessions of an Art History Nerd: Rogier Van Der Weyden

Two recent thrift stores finds helped me concoct a look vaguely inspired by one of my favorite Northern Renaissance artists, Rogier Van Der Weyden.

Rogier van der Weyden (Flemish, c. 1400-1464), Mary Magdalene, Detail from Braque Family Triptych c. 1450

Funhouse NYC stretch ultra suede dress, $6.99, Goodwill; One World long-sleeve T-shirt, $4.99, Goodwill; tights from Cambridge Clogs; purple paratrooper boots from Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK; my trusty moon face pendant purchased in the 1970s; bangles from India.

Guess I should have made the pattern in my tights line up. Oh well.

One World long-sleeve T-shirt as above; short-sleeve T-shirt, Goodwill, Cambridge, $4.99; 1970s jeans free from a clothing swap. And it works well for my uniform (see here) of short-sleeve top over long-sleeve top.

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