I had long heard about Claudia Dey, one of the two best dressed Torontonians, with the other being her best friend Heidi Sopinka. But it wasn’t until I started doing my homework for this interview and met Claudia in her beautiful and charismatic home that I came to realize that Claudia is truly an interestingly oppositional woman. She is gentle yet firm, child-like yet serious, chaotic yet orderly, dark yet joyful. Claudia herself even admits that she has always been drawn to people who embrace the beauty of being multidimensional and contrary.
It’s safe to say Claudia’s life is first and foremost amongst hats and books. Her essays have been published in The Paris Review, The Believer alongside many other elegant magazines. With the success from her first Novel, Stunt – being one of Globe & Mail and Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2008, Claudia’s second novel Heartbreaker has been listed as one of the most anticipated novels in 2018.
During our conversation, Claudia expresses her relationship with a hat that was given to her by her mother when she was a teen; explains why she thinks writer is an “invisible profession”; and shares the art of being an artist.
Photography: Vai Yu Law
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"For you to truly be an artist, you have to be SO disciplined. You have to be almost cold with yourself, just rigorous and monkish. " - Claudia Dey