The week's wheel spins round and brings us right back to Scatter time. Once more into the cobwebbed corners of my fevered brain!
Women started being allowed to indulge in sportive activities other than horseback riding about the second half of the 19th century, when cycling started to gain popularity. Soon after, other sports followed, and yeah, tennis began to be enjoyed by women. Though, as this image presents, playing tennis for ladies was still a largely stationary pursuit. Hampered with long skirts, a gigantic hat, and even wearing a corset, ladies still had to wait till the 1920s, and 30s to be able to engage fully.
This image was most likely intended to be an erotic one primarily. But, with my brain going the way it does, my eye went right away to that unusual placement of jewelry. Those two bands encircling the arm right at the armseye really grabbed my attention. I started right off musing about the inclusion of jewelry of this sort for men, in particular, but for anyone else, really, as well. I could see something like this designed to be worn over jacket or shirt sleeves, or even with a tank top. Varying the materials and coloration could give this broad spectrum usage. Hmmmm, I may just have to experiment with this.
My sweetie shared this picture to me, and I HAD to pass it along. There are statement pieces of jewelry, and there are statement pieces, this is a quite emphatic one. One of the things that happened in the 20th century that made it different from other times was the expansion of using actual text in our clothing and accessories. It has become so all encompassing that I doubt there is anyone who wears western culture clothing that does not have at lest one thing with words on it. Sure, the use of text in Attire is nothing new, it is only the extremity of its pervasiveness that has changed. And what, exactly, does that say about us as a culture? Do we find ourselves unable to say enough with our words, so we must add to the dialog elsewhere? Or is it that we are so inundated with input from everywhere that we feel we must give some thoughts and feelings extra emphasis?
Okay, so that's all for this week's Scatter, no go and scatter yourselves out there in the world and have a grand time!