Partner Anna Lee of Workerby is always thinking of new, creative ways to express herself as an artist and connect with her community — wherever and with whomever that may be.
This weekend, the Minnesota-based fashion designer and milliner invites the public to the latest installation of Gray Matter Series: Sense of Self from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Luna Fargo.
Gray Matter Series: Sense of Self is a short art and fashion film investigating the role of the heroine’s journey, its impact on our mental health and our ability to connect, Lee describes.
“The Gray Matter Series is about finding the middle ground between the polarization within ourselves (and our greater communities) through expression of sometimes conflicting concepts and emotions,” Lee says. “Through these collaborations, we find beauty in the complexities of the modern human experience and peace in knowing we are not alone.”
The film and photographs in the series feature Anna Lee’s collection of one-of-a-kind Ruby3 hats, two 25-piece “collective” paintings, two digitally printed scarves derived from the paintings and two custom lipstick colors from the Elixery.
“(This series) dives into the space where falling apart is seen as a natural part of a woman’s inherent creative process, rather than a sign that she is not ‘enough,’” Lee adds. “It is through this process that she can consciously and continuously rebuild with a deeper Sense of Self, and more solid sense of community.”
One of the collective paintings is part of her “Homecoming” exhibit currently on display at Luna Fargo until Sept. 29.
“These paintings are an ode to the complexities of finding our way as creative individuals in the upper Midwest,” says Lee, who moved from the Twin Cities back to Fargo two years ago.
At the launch on Saturday, Lee will lead a panel discussion with women in the community doing work “to keep us connected, empowered, and engaged with the work that needs to be done to deepen our Sense of Self while establishing that we are not alone in our respective journeys,” she adds.
During her time living in Minneapolis, Anna Lee worked with other designers and artists through programs like Voltage: Fashion Amplified, MNfashion, MNfashion Week, and most currently Workerby workshops and mentorships.
Workerby (pronounced worker-bee) encompasses all that Anna Lee does in one 800 square foot studio in Moorhead, where she balances client design work, Ruby3 hats, painting, develops new workshops for creatives, and collaborates with likeminded souls who share her vision for a life made better through creating new art together.
The launch of Gray Matter Series: Sense of Self is free and open to the public.
For more information on Anna Lee and all of her creative endeavors through Workerby, visit workerby.com. Luna Fargo is located at 1545 University Drive South in Fargo.
All behind the scenes photos are courtesy of Kylee and Christian Creative.