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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Sunday
Dec132015

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).

Sunday
Jun092013

Denim blue fading up to the sky

In the early 1970s, when I was in junior high school, my friends and I would compete to see who could get more patches on their jeans. At a certain point you could barely detect any denim—sort of like the girl on roller skates in this Flickr stream.

Now I patch my jeans because they have holes in them. I’ve been wearing this pair of Gap jeans for the past 12 years. As I’ve posted before, if I like something, I keep it for years. And mend it until there’s nothing left to mend.

The fabrics for the patches have all come from something else. And most are cosmic themed as that’s my thing

On my right knee is a patch made from a thrifted 1980s Laura Ashley corduroy dress (the rest of the dress is slated to become tote bags). The left knee has a Saturn patch. Saturn was made from a pair of thrifted—and then worn-out—pair of velveteen pants. Leftover fabric from the striped cotton pants I made a few months back were used for Saturn’s rings. Above Saturn is red cotton fabric with white stars last used for the lining of my Indian print bag I made from a thrifted vintage jacket

There's also a patch made from cutting up a stained and worn 1950s cotton tablecloth (which also provides interior layers when I make potholders). And some 1970s fabric that also became potholders. The back has a couple round star patches; the fabric previously used to make a tea cosy.

All these fabrics re-appear on my jeans. Me-made tea cosy, trousers, potholders (to right of lasagna), and bag.

Today I went to one of the few regular car boot sales in London. I only found one small thing, which I’ll show in a later post. For the most part, it was newish clothes, toiletries, and household items and not a whole lot of vintage. A couple things of interest.

This creepy vintage resuscitation dummy comes with inflatable lungs, a heart and its own carrying case. I liked this large vintage French school poster of ‘Les Reptiles.’

My boyfriend treated me to hair salon appointment, hence I don't look as much like a ragamuffin as I could here.

PVC ‘Chanel’-shape jacket, thrifted, Goodwill. Kerchief, present from Jennie of Frocktasia. Jeans, purchased on sale at Gap a dozen years ago. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill and painted by me. Woven belt free at a clothing swap. Bag, purchased on sale 20 years ago and painted by me (more cosmic motifs). Bangles purchased in India.

Linking up to the 100th edition of Visible Monday. That’s a lot of visibility!

Monday
Jan282013

Vested interest

In spite of having 5 closets full of clothes, I have a dearth of vests, and was pleased to find this 1960s knitted wool vest at my local thrift store. It’s machine-knit, with off-white bands down the front and around the pockets.

I was intrigued by the label, which was sewn in by hand and reads, “Asani’s Select Age/ASA/for Original Goods.” I googled the heck out of this and came up blank. There are two other small tags, one has fabric care symbols with Chinese characters and the other reads, “Made in Rep. of China.” It’s a mystery.

After decades of donning black, I rarely wear it these days. But, I liked the mod, graphic quality of the vest. What to wear it with?

Cotton/nylon/rubber (those crazy Italians and their innovative fabrics) pants, Made in Italy by Vassali. Black cotton knit turtleneck, acquired at a clothing swap. M & S non-leather boots, purchased on sale last year. Rubber bracelet, pewter bracelet purchased in the 1980s. First I paired it with ‘newly vintage’ wavy-print trousers, ones I bought at Filene’s Basement in the early 1990s, and a black turtle neck.

Large 1980s star face pin, thrifted. Victorian starburst and moon and star pins, I’ve had for decadesI  put a scattering of cosmic pins on as well.

That look was a bit dreary, so I decided to up the ‘mod’ quotient a bit by pairing it with a fellow 1960s garment – a dress that I thrifted and altered (took up the sleeves and shortened) in the 1980s.

1960s polyester double knit dress, no label, thrifted in the 1980s. 1960s wool knit vest, thrifted. Black tights, retail. Restricted Barricade non-leather boots, purchased on sale. Greek fisherman’s cap, purchased in the early 1990s in London. Metal Indian necklace and armlet, owned for decades. Red bangles purchased in India. Indian metal bangle purchased at a yard sale. 

I’m remembering the time I met this fella in the park. His name’s Terry, he’s got a Triumph six-fifty. He said he was lookin’ for a wife…I says he’d hafta get rid of that motorbike afore I went steady with him. He laughs and says, "We'll see about that!" I'm almost frightened to go with him  'cos I know he'll be able to do anything he wants with me...

Oops, no, sorry, that wasn't me. That was Rube in Up the Junction.

Other items I’ve thrifted recently.

1970s Nancy Greer -- New York polyester blouse with its original cord and tassel belt. I’m guessing this originally had a matching skirt. Late 1960s Young Victorian by Arpeja rayon blouse with puffy sleeves and flouncy cuffs. The Young Victorian and Young Edwardian labels had some wonderfully illustrated ads, but that is a topic for another post.

I’m squeaking in under the wire for Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday shindig.

Wednesday
Jul112012

Sun, moon and stars

Do you find yourself drawn to the same motifs over and over?

I have always had a thing for sun, moon and star motifs (as witnessed here and here).

At a little antique show A. and I stumbled upon in Wanstead a couple weeks ago, I found an enamel moon brooch. When I unpacked it after returning to the States, and put it with the rest of my jewelry, I noticed that I had a number of other pieces of the sun, moon and star variety.

Top row, left to right: silver band with star cut-outs, purchased in the 1970s or 80s; enamel sun face brooch, found on the side walk here in Cambridge; metal moon face pendant, purchased in the 1970s; silver moon face pendant with amethyst and pearl beads, purchased in 1980 in Providence, Rhode Island. Bottom row: my new enamel crescent moon brooch, purchased in the U.K.; cut metal and enamel earrings from Turkey, purchased at a street fair in Washington, D.C. a couple years ago; Victorian crescent moon and star brooch set, have owned forever.

I purchased the cloth with the stars and stripes at a thrift store and use it to cover my turntable. Only later did I realize that it is the state flag of Arizona. I just like the design.

I noticed that I store things in boxes with stars on them, too.

Bottom to top: 1930s fabric covered box purchased at the antique fair at Alexandra Palace, London in the 1990s; a Christmas box pulled out of my neighbor’s trash a few years ago; and a 1950s box that contained a powder compact. I had some moon and star fabric that I used to make a tea cosy.

Nothing special about it, but it works well, and looks good with my recent thrift store find of brightly colored mugs. My favorite color combination is red, gold and purple—so that’s 3 out of the 4 mugs!

Linking to Ta-dah! Tuesday for the moon brooch and mugs finds and the made-by-me tea cosy. I’ll also throw in tonight’s dinner.

Brown rice with caramelized vegetables and ginger. The recipe calls for orzo, but I didn’t have any, so I substituted brown rice. The ginger and garlic give it a real kick. I’ve made this recipe several times and can safely say that you do not need to segregate the vegetables as you cook them; you can allow them to mingle in the pan. More inexpensive varieties of mushrooms work instead of shitake, too.