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CRWNCRWN magazine is a visual discussion with the most refreshing objective – the diversity and beauty of black hair.

Friday
Apr212017

dime defined: charlotte cannon.

INTRO.

NAME: Charlotte Cannon | HOME GROWN: Born in Queens, New York; but raised in Florida and Arizona. | DAY JOB: Maker + Product Designer + Graphic Designer. | DREAM JOB: Architect (with a splash of product design).

FAVORITES.

MEAL: Dinner, anything made with love. | SEASON: Fall. The crisp, cool evenings. The colors. The peaceful lull just before the holidays. My birthday! | ERA: Edwardian (thank you, Downton Abbey). | CITY: Savannah | WORD: Yes | SOUND: Laughter | SCENT: Jasmine

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  Feature film for sure! So many twists and turns! Possibly portrayed by Naomie Harris, Sanaa Lathan, or Thandie Newton.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Vance Joy, Mumford and Sons, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Ellie Goulding, and, wait for it... ABBA.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  "Be patient, everything will work out." I think if it doesn't feel right there's not much sense in waiting for something to change. Your life will go in the direction you take it. 

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  Grease (read into that however you see fit).

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  Mascara, Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner, and Shea Butter Lip Balm.

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Luciana Fire. Hot.

Q:  What's the title of your autobiography – using one color and one emotion?
A:  Restless Girl, Scarlet Dreams. 

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No fears. I'd do everything I've ever wanted without reservation or hesitation. Also, I think regret is sourced in fear. Eradicate them both by being fearless.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  To me a dime is someone who is open, kind, yet unashamed and determined. She doesn't put limits on herself. She believes, she loves, she grows; but she's also an encourager and builds up those around her.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  Can't never could. 

CONNECT.

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Photography provided courtesy of Charlotte Cannon. | editor's note: Charlotte's illustrations (Girl Gang series) and homeware designs (Rain Coasters, Rain Wood Tray, Alpaca Wood Display Dish) were featured in the photography, but not mentioned in the interview.

Friday
Apr142017

art studio: kathrin honesta.

kathrin honesta's illustrations create spaces. the subjects depicted become a community that encourages the viewer to stumble, to breathe, and to find contentment. the anxiety portraits series seems to suggest simple truths in that anxiety and fear aren't obscure emotions to anyone. the complexity lies in the often visceral reaction to these emotions. in direct contrast, the drowning in thoughts series conveys a literal interpretation of searching for balance. in this case, the subjects alternate between keeping their head above water or peacefully allowing the chaos to overflow. kathrin's depictions reflect the beauty of personal growth and how abstract the process can be.

images shown: anxiety portraits series | drowning in thoughts series | the light that saves me | the moon girl 

image credits: all artwork created by and provided courtesy of kathrin honesta.
connect with the artist: instagram | society6 | the undaunted dandelion

Friday
Mar242017

dime defined: alana rivera.

INTRO.

NAME: Alana Rivera | HOME GROWN: formative years, Willits, CA. currently, San Francisco, CA. | DAY JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie. | DREAM JOB: Owner, creator and soap maven at Etta + Billie AND a distiller at St George's Spirits.

FAVORITES.

MEAL: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, roasted beet salad and my mom's cheesecake for dessert. | SEASON: Fall and early spring, the colors, sights and smells are intoxicating. | CITY: Lisbon and San Francisco | WORD: Love | AGE: My 30s | SCENT: Petrichor, the scent of freshly fallen rain on soil or cement.

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  Emily Blunt! I think she is one smart, savvy, funny lady. Although I'd love to say feature film, it's probably going to be straight to DVD, not nearly dramatic enough for Lifetime!

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Cat Power, Santigold, Led Zeppelin, Tom Petty, Explosions in the Sky, LCD Soundsystem and Hall & Oates.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  Internships are a must.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  Along Came Love

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  Birdy Botanicals Anti-Aging Facial SerumEtta + Billie Mini Bath + Body Oil – especially the Clary Sage Black Pepper (I use it on my face at night and all over when I travel), and Elizabeth Street Cosmetics Lipstick.

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Zoey. Unshakable.

Q:  What's the title of your autobiography – using one color and one emotion?
A:  Turquoise Optimism

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No regrets. I think fear, while at times paralyzing, can be a great learning and growth opportunity. It's something we can work to overcome. From an evolutionary perspective, it also keeps us safe! Regrets on the other hand feel weighty, are harder to shed, and have the potential to cause more suffering.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A women who is confident, motivated, compassionate and thoughtful. She has the power to do anything and help others along the way.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  Makers gonna make.

CONNECT.

Etta + Billie | facebook | instagram | pinterest

Photography provided courtesy of Alana Rivera. | editor's note: Etta + Billie Ginger Orange Lip Balm and Etta + Billie Mint Coffee Scrub were both featured in the photography but not mentioned in the interview.

Friday
Mar102017

art studio: sara woodrow.

the ballerina is a prominent muse for sara woodrow's illustrations, her face often obscured or nonexistent. the dancer's hidden identity is bold in direct contrast to the muted color story; she becomes the many faces that we've become accustomed to wearing – either by choice or by circumstance. the subjects that dominate sara's other canvases look at the viewer head on. the eyes, specifically, offer conclusions to their line of sight. they are cautious and unimpressed, somber and thoughtful; never expressing just one emotion, but rather feeling everything – all at once. their complexity is somehow captured as a constant moment in time.

images shown: blu | diva lady | girl | french girls | fashion illustration | take me with you 'cause i'm lonely | save me | on display | mirrors | emeralda | already see it | lady blue | bare shoulders | music 

image credits: all artwork created by and provided courtesy of sara woodrow.

Friday
Feb242017

art studio: memories of a girl i never knew...

the memories of a girl i never knew series, created by graphic designer and illustrator timothy goodman, is a breath of fresh air in terms of reflecting on what might have been. and in some cases, what should not have been. as intimate as timothy's handwritten details are, he doesn't ask the audience to take sides or pinpoint obvious blame. the series is a commentary on loss and serves as an emotional scrapbook for moments that have no intention of allowing the artist to forget.

stories shared:  way too much – memory 14 | linda in paris – memory 15 | real things – memory 2 | shannon – memory 10 | overthinking – memory 18 | ray – memory 22 | hudson & river | i wanna know – memory 23

image credits: all artwork created by and provided courtesy of timothy goodman.

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