A Case of the Stripes

If you’ve been to the DMA lately, you might have noticed something different as soon as you walked in the doors. From the museum store to our parking garage, there are stripes everywhere!

Even the staff are turning up striped!

Inspired by the signature blue and white stripes as seen in The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk exhibition, these bands of color are all the rage at the DMA. In fact, when anyone comes into the office wearing stripes these days, we all immediately think “oh…very JPG!”

So why are the stripes so appealing? Gaultier himself reasons that sailor stripes are classic and will never go out of style. (He was dressed in sailor stripes as a young boy). A quick walk around the mall proves his words true—stripes are everywhere in 2012.

Have the stripes struck you yet? If not, here are a few ways to engage in creative play with stripes at home.

  • Use colored masking tape to create stripes on a large piece of drawing paper. Or, choose several favorite colors and paint in alternating bands on canvas. Experiment with how colors look different next to one another. {An easy DIY tutorial can be found on the Remodelaholic blog.}
  • Jazz up recycled cans to make chic containers, vases and even luminaries. Consider using yarn, fabric scraps or another material with interesting texture to create stripes around your containers. Check out the lovely striped luminaries from the Creative Jewish Mom blog.
  • Work on a paper weaving project with your child. Weaving paper stripes over and under is great for practicing fine motor skills and is a fun variation on the striped theme. Step by step instructions can be found at First Palette.
  • And for a wacky bedtime story, read David Shannon’s A Bad Case of the Stripes.

Let us know if you come down with a case of the stripes too!

Posted by: Leah


1 Comment

Filed under Art Projects, Just for Fun

One response to “A Case of the Stripes

  1. Leticia

    That picture of you and Amanda put a huge smile on my face! Stripes are a good look for y’all.

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