Fashion choices and work

Fashion choices for work for me involve old jeans or really old jeans? Mask or no mask?

The past few weeks I have been working on getting ready for my solo show that starts September 30th. The work this week involves framing the 30 some pieces that will be in the show. Being severely chemically sensitive, as well as having environmental sensitivities and allergies means it’s time to bust out the mask. I have a love/hate relationship with my mask – it allows me to do things that I otherwise could not do for a short period of time, but it also gifts me with a fantastic “mask face” (indents left behind by the mask which take forever to go away), and often a really good headache if I have to wear it for a prolonged period. Being a woman, it is also hard to find masks that fit my face (forget the hardware store variety). If you’re in the market, I suggest Lee Valley as they have two types of disposable sized masks and samples in store you can try on.

Earlier in the month while finishing up a piece, I made the decision to add a bit of charcoal. There is probably a way I could have done it digitally with photoshop, but it would have taken me an hour or so if I was lucky. I took some extra medication, got out the mask and went outside to do the 5 minute job of adding some additional shadow to the piece. I didn’t wear gloves, which I should have, and the attempt highlighted for me that I need to sit down and figure this type of task out digitally. 🙁 I do miss the tactile nature of working with art materials on paper. This work is about knowledge and I am still figuring out the title, so I shall leave you in suspense for the moment. Come check out my show and see it live, with enormous special effects! (kidding – more like “In a frame! On a wall!”)

The snapshots this week are an exciting array of my life as an artist. Now back to fashion. Glasses or no glasses? (Although really that’s becoming more of a necessity and less of a choice these days. 🙂 )

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