Art of Home Studio/Office & Pandemic Dressing

Covid 19 #12 Original Ink Drawing, 299

Fashion is a little off my normal range of topics, but I will let you in on a little secret: I have always enjoyed fashion and style. Expressing myself through fashion is another avenue for creativity. When I was a teen deciding what I wanted my life’s work to be I even considered entering the fashion industry. Now I mainly enjoy learning about new systems of dressing, following what is coming across the runways, planning my seasonal wardrobe switch and helping friends and family organize their wardrobes. So it was lovely to read this article where I found an intersection between this interest and my own current work (above).

I was reading this article from the Gaurdian today about how fashion is adjusting to the work at home shift that the pandemic has brought along, and apparently it is not all tracksuits and crocs:

I have been working almost exclusively from my home studio since well before the pandemic, but even I have noticed a change in what I want to wear:

I’ve always had a special hate on for overly silly fuzzy house slippers. I’d like to have something for the home office that does not look like I’m down for a netflix/popcorn/P.J. binge, but don’t like the idea of wearing street shoes in the house either. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing, with our dusty/slushy/snowy streets, but when I walk in the door I take off my shoes. Now maybe I’ll be able to find something a little more polished to wear in the home office/studio.

This leads to my second issue with home office dressing, pants designed to be worn with shoes with a heel look silly dragging around the house on the ground. So most of those long loose flowy (& leg lengthening) trousers are out of the question. I also used to do home art parties (a cross between tupperware parties and paint nights), and this was an issue for that context particularly, as I was now presenting in front of the client. As I said maybe it’s a Canadian thing but its considered polite here to take off your shoes in someone else’s home (or at least to ask). So how to look professional while leading a painting party in someone’s home? My solution was black ankle pants and plain black socks. A professional looking slip on shoe (maybe even with a wedge heel) with soft non marking soles would have been fantastic!

Speaking of heels, The pandemic has raised my resistance to wearing anything other than a flat shoe even out and about professionally. Also last winter’s uniform of form fitted mini dresses with statement leggings and accessories seems too aggressive for the soft relaxed vibe I’m craving now. This season I’m leaning more toward mid length dresses with an a-line shape that I can belt at the waist for definition. Of course I’m wearing what I have first before shopping, but how I feel about what I have has changed so I may be wearing it differently than last year.

Another issue that the pandemic has brought forth for me is something I hadn’t anticipated. You know that feeling you get when you have put together a particularly good outfit and you are looking forward to getting out in public where it can be appreciated? I suppose you could call it a peacocking impulse. Well I am missing those opportunities to peacock a little. Sure it gives me a boost to dress well for myself, but positive feedback is great too.

How about you? How has your sartorial sensibility changed over the pandemic?

The drawing above is available for purchase at #covid19fashion #covid19art

Covid Chronicles Shop Update:

The prints on offer during the July Pre-sale

Hi all! So in July I let you all know in a blog post that not all of the Covid Chronicles products being offered on pre-sale would be on offer after the pre-sale. The pre-sale might have been the only opportunity to purchase some items. So following from that, a few items (greeting and post cards, some of the print images) offered then will not be offered for sale again in the near future.

Kudos to you if you did manage to scoop an item not currently on offer, and thank you all for your support of art and artists!

The Covid Chronicles Hardcover Book: 99 CAD + Shipping

However, I am happy to say that the Portfolios, Zines and Books did go to production and are currently available for order, as well as the remaining originals (299 CAD each + shipping) from the sketchbook project, and a selection of limited edition prints (69 CAD each + shipping) of the sold original drawings. All are available through my website. Click here to make a purchase! Sales are made through PayPal, but you do not need a PayPal account to make a purchase.

Cravings: My New WebGallery

Detail of Happy Birthday, 2020

I realize that Covid-19 Has taken over the world, and certainly my practice of the last few months with the Covid Chronicles and the related attention that that has brought to my studio. However, earlier this year I blogged about discovering a new /growing fascination in my work when I realized I had been painting a lot of food for the past few years. So I decided to make it formal and introduce a new gallery section to my website. Cravings will showcase all of my food related paintings, wherever they might fit in to my other themes and bodies of work. Check it out, watch it grow, & shoot me an email and let me know what you think!

Saskatoon Berry Jam II

Fresh Art: A Covid 19 Memento Mori

Happy Birthday, 2020.
12″ x 16″,
 Oil & acrylic on canvas

A Memento Mori is an object or image which serves to remind the viewer of the inevitability of death. Historically speaking the intent of the Memento Mori was to advise the viewer to forsake temporal pleasures and attend to the spiritual life which theoretically transcended death. 

For myself, the Memento Mori reminds me to appreciate the gifts of life, as life is fleeting and an after-life is far from certain.

The bee in this painting is a stand in for me. My name, Debbie.lee, means bee, according to some interpretations. I painted this memento mori to celebrate my birthday and the completion of another cycle around the sun. The incorporation of the Covid-19 virus in the floral decoration on the plate commemorates the specific year, it’s most significant event, and is a reminder not to take for granted the pleasures of life life and good health, for who knows what lies ahead.

This painting is not currently for sale, however if you are interested in limited edition prints contact me and I will add you to a pre-order information list.Yes, add me to the list!