We asked four artists at­tend­ing Toronto’s Cana­dian Art Foun­da­tion Gala on Septem­ber 22 about their stu­dio-to-gala rou­tine


Suzy Lake, pho­tog­ra­pher

Work­wear: “I wear jeans, a T-shirt and run­ning shoes.”

Gala garb: “I have a lovely bark- coloured dress from An­nie Thompson, a Toronto de­signer. It’s sim­ple, but the de­tails make it feel quite special.”

The day of: “My rou­tine is pretty easy be­cause I have an easy hair­cut and don’t wear much makeup. It al­lows me to have a full day in the stu­dio and to feel special when it’s time to go.”

Jen­nifer Mur­phy, col­lage artist

Work­wear: “I like to wear something with pock­ets for my tools, scis­sors and tape. When I’m con­cen­trat­ing on the work, it’s too easy to lose track of where I’ve put something down, so keep­ing my tools in my pock­ets is help­ful.”

Gala garb: “I’m wear­ing a pair of pants made for me by my part­ner Eli Langer. He’s an artist who taught him­self to sew a few years ago. I al­ways get so many com­pli­ments when­ever I wear what he’s made.”

The day of: “My get­ting-ready-to-go-to-a-gala rou­tine isn’t very com­pli­cated: Usu­ally I just get dressed and look for a fresh flower to pin to my out­fit.”

Bren­dan Fer­nan­des, sculp­ture and per­for­mance artist

Work­wear: “I tend to work from home a lot, so I rock comfy cloth­ing. I’m a fan of a sweat­shirt paired with jeans and Nike run­ning shoes.” Gala garb: “I’ll be wear­ing a cus­tom- made navy and black silk shawl- col­lar Philip Sparks tuxedo. I love to dress up, and what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate this event than with a be­spoke, tai­lored gar­ment by one of Toronto’s best.”

The day of: “I like to lay ev­ery­thing out and have it pressed and ready to go. I def­i­nitely try to rest be­fore­hand. I also drink ex­tra wa­ter all day—best to be su­per-hy­drated.”

Abby McGuane, vis­ual and in­stal­la­tion artist

Work­wear: “Usu­ally a pair of mil­i­tary cov­er­alls from an army sur­plus store, and a mask. This sum­mer was in­sanely hot, and we don’t have A/C in my stu­dio, so I wore a sports bra and jean shorts.” Gala garb: “A very luxe pair of black over­alls from Horses Ate­lier that I haven’t had the oc­ca­sion to wear yet, black Acne heels, and my Markoo black leather jacket. I grav­i­tate to­ward sim­plic­ity and tex­tu­ral con­trasts, and I like sup­port­ing lo­cal de­sign­ers.”

The day of: “I lis­ten to mu­sic, do some min­i­mal con­tour­ing and have a shot of something be­fore I head out the door.”

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