medieval chic

I've been slightly puzzled by the semi-recent and pervasive trend of the cross motif. It's everywhere, on sweaters and scarves and leggings and bags and blankets and walls. When I see it I always wonder what the person's thoughts or motivation for wearing it would be. Are they Christians? If not, it's interesting to me that they would want to cover themselves with crosses. Who knows maybe it's a positively influencing trend?

But where did it come from, you ask? Well, I've figured it out. It can be easily explained by a current resurgence in medieval chic. Just take a look at jolly old St. Nicolas here in his cross motif and an uber-chic black-and-white geometric print circa 1400. SO ahead of his time.

Check out these other eventual-trend-setting medieval Saints as well...

St. John Chrysostym, circa 407. A very early use of the motifs.

And then there are St. Ambrose (c. 397), St. Augustine of Hippo (c.430), St. Basil of Caesarea (c. 379), St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 390), and many more...

Fashion is so cyclical.

sources: (sweater #1cross blanket, cross sweater, cross sweater, cross sweater, cross sweaterSt. Nick, St. Chrysostym, St. Augustine, St. Ambrose, St. Basil, St. Gregory


:type travel tuesday: {psalm 19}

Psalm 19 is my favorite.

I designed this from photos I've taken (except for the one of the nebula, of course). The first part of the Psalm beautifully describes how creation declares the glory of God. The second part describes the law and statutes of the Lord as sure, right, trustworthy, steadfast, perfect and radiant, more precious than gold, and sweeter than honey. And a perfect bow of praise is tied on to the end of psalm:

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer

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