These women were exploding with positive energy. When I walked into this shop they immediately lobbed a compliment my way; of course, I lobbed a couple right back! Husbands and family off their hands for the day, these friends of 40 years were out for some fun – shopping, chatting, having coffee, and misbehaving in general. The woman on the right bought that fantastic polka-dot dress in 1972 and it still fits like a dream – you should see those shoulder pads. And the woman left was wearing some fabulous oversized jewellery and a lovely shawl to balance out that divine collar. She paints and lives in Mexico six months of the year. A kind passer-by took this photo for us. Cheers, ladies! You made my day.
I’ve always been drawn to worker apparel, especially paint-spattered trousers. These women had been painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery – the walls, I believe. The woman, right, said it took about a year to get her pants to this point (detail below). She also painted her runners pink and weathered them with work – walking abstract expressionism. I asked if they would ever wear these trousers as style choices: one said only if there was nothing else available and the other said no because they are associated too closely with work. I’m currently splattering my own pants to wear on the street with heels.