Leanne Shapton on Her Style Mantra and Loving Green Clogs
The artist and author takes us into her colorful world.
This talented artist, known for her award-winning illustrated memoir Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press), spends most days in her Greenwich Village studio, painting the same picture again and again-as many as 50 times. "My process is repetition. It's like doing laps," says the former competitive swimmer. Shapton begins by throwing a smock over her outfit, which is usually a vintage find (Ungaro, Scaasi, 1980s Chloé) mixed with new pieces by designers like Margaret Howell, 45rpm, and Rachel Comey. "My style is the love child of a ménage à trois among Lady Di, Vanessa Bell, and David Hockney," she says. Up next: a collection of stories, and a series of paintings inspired by a quilt her grandmother knitted -- two projects that keep her creativity flowing, stroke by stroke.
Mantra: "If it itches, don't wear it."
Everyday Shoe: "Clogmaster clogs. Kelly green is one of my favorite colors, and the shininess of the patent leather feels a bit fairy-tale." From $155, clogmaster.com.
Work Uniform: "A Tucker silk blouse and a skirt by Margaret Howell, which can take me from working in the studio to outside meetings." Baltic Sea Breeze Classic blouse, $295, tuckernyc.com. Skirt, $785, margarethowell.co.uk.
Trusty Carryall: "I rotate canvas bags that I can throw in the wash, like this flight tote from Wm. J. Mills & Co." $149, millscanvas.com.
Signature Scent: Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum. $230 for 50 ml, sephora.com.
Must-have Makeup: Morpho Super Staying lip stain, in Zinnia. $27, morphocosmetics.com.
Skin-care M.O.: "It's high-low: Crème de la Mer concentrate and Cetaphil moisturizer."
Nail Polish: Essie's Playing Koi. $9, essie.com.
Design Vibe: "Midcentury Italian and squashy English countryside. And everything is covered in books, drawings, and toys."
Prized Possessions: "A Vico Magistretti coffee table and the Yamaha U1 piano I found, perfectly tuned, on the street last year."
She Collects...: "Books, vintage clothes, and Ellsworth Kelly posters."
Favorite Flower: "Purple tulips from the deli."
Mood Music: "Leonard Cohen's tribute album, I'm Your Man." $8, amazon.com.
Breakfast: "An enormous mug of PG Tips tea and an almond croissant split with my daughter on the school run." Tea, $4.50, target.com.
Dinner-Party Menu: "Lambrusco, a bowl of rippled potato chips, French-onion dip, and delivery from Mario Batali's pizza restaurant Otto." Cleto Chiarli, $17, astorwines.com.
Evening Drink: Ovaltine.
Art Supplies: "Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. The pigments all have some white and black in them, so they're not too bright." From $15, dickblick.com.
Tech Gadget: Epson's PictureMate photo printer. $250, epson.com.
Touchstone Book: "Alice Munro's Who Do You Think You Are?, which I first read when I was a teenager."