Friday
Oct172014

dime defined: chérmelle danicea edwards.

INTRO.

NAME: Chérmelle Danicea Edwards | HOME GROWN: Los Angeles, California | DAY JOB: Life | DREAM JOB: Life

FAVORITES.

SEASON: Summer | FILM: Meet Joe Black + Annie + What About Bob? | SOUND: Humanity | POEM: Still I Rise [Maya Angelou] | SCENT: Lemongrass | WORD: Imagination

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life?
A:  Drew Barrymore.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Jai Paul, Bon Iver, Thomas Newman, Miles Davis, Maxwell, Little Dragon, Bach.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take?
A:  Leave, now.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?
A:  It Happened One Night.

Q:  What do you know now that you wish you had known ten years ago?
A:  It's all a journey and therefore I've been on the path all along.

Q:  What three people could you spend eternity with?
A:  God, if my immediate family counts as one, then them and HIM – my partner in life.  

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No fears. Fears are an illusion, but we often don't realize that until the veil is removed.

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  Two. The first, a circular and silver piece of money, preferably vintage – that's my humor speaking. Second, a woman who exists from knowing, who believes that believing in anything isn't enough. She must and does know.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  All that I imagine is real. [Picasso]

CONNECT.

www.thecoffeetographer.com | facebook | twitter | instagram

Photography provided courtesy of Chérmelle Danicea Edwards.

Friday
Sep052014

art studio: erin robinson.

Erin Robinson is striking up visual conversations with women that we all know. She literally draws you in, reminding us that visibility comes with a voice and that the conversation starts with community. There is this confidence that envelops the women that take center stage on her canvas. Erin's observations on individuality find beauty in the idea of choice and boldly ignore the often flawed condition of circumstance.

INTRO.

NAME: Erin Robinson | HOME GROWN: Washington, DC | DAY JOB: In transition… But I've been a children's wear designer for many years, for brands such as Baby Gap, Osh Gosh, Carters, and Sears. | DREAM JOB: I would love to create a place where you could find a bevy of creative sources under one roof. I am surrounded by some of the most talented people that I get to call friends. The thought of being able to have this incredible dwelling (which is all laid out in the most beautiful way in my architectural head) with a photo studio, design studio, pr, interior, jewelry studio, fine arts…I could go on and on. It would be sort of like a creative co-op run by a core group of talented seasoned creatives. There would also be a concept lifestyle store in this fantasy space where in house and visiting artists could showcase current work. It's a huge dream… But my mind is always ticking with magic ambitions! 

EITHER/OR.

COFFEE OR TEA: Tea | VINTAGE OR COUTURE: I like to mix them up. | SUCCESS OR FAME: Success | SILVER OR GOLD: I got the Midas touch – gold. I'm especially fond of gold leaf. | APPETIZER OR DESSERT: Appetizer | SUMMER OR WINTER: Oh that's easy, SUMMER! I'm like flip flops for life! I like for my feet to be free. | MILD OR SPICY: Spicy | TRUTH OR DARE: Truth is a dare.

Q & A.

JRL:  The women depicted in your illustrations are raw with emotion, yet their intensity suggests one should be cautious to approach. How difficult is it to portray fear, doubt, and beauty while still maintaining a connection with your audience? 

ER:  I just like to draw. I'm not sure what is going to strike me, but when it does I just start doodling. I am drawn to eyes and probably labor over them a bit too much at times. So, the drawings can come off as haunting or piercing in some images. I have a tendency to be in my head…often! And when I do go there I've been told that I look intense or haunting…but I don't feel that way at all. I'm just daydreaming and imagining and coming up with ideas. I guess you could say I'm mostly in a present trance. That's probably the feeling I give these drawings and did not realize it until you asked me this question. They are actually approachable but you'd never know by the way they look.

JRL:  Nudity is a theme in some of your work and you have perfected this idea of creating intimate snapshots by way of voyeuristic innocence. Are these specific pieces about owning sexuality or escaping obscenity?

ER:  Definitely owning sexuality. I did a vision board for the first time ever for New Year's Eve 2013 and it was hella elaborate! It had ten sections; one of them being sensuality. It was about feeling strong and beautiful in your skin, and owning it with all its perfections and flaws. I like using the word sensual because it feels more naive or free, and natural. It's just all about feeling free.

JRL:  What I enjoy most about your work is that your subjects look like women that I know. Who or what serves as your inspiration?

ER:  Brooklyn has been a huge inspiration. The women are from many different places, it's this melting pot of stunning, interesting beauty. I take bits from different women and combine images in my head. I love building my own Brooklyndolly.

JRL:  What's the title of your autobiography – based on one color and one emotion?

ER:  Sigh… Only one color… Okay… Jade Dreamer

Images shown:
Birky Red Summer | Birky Orange Summer | Birky Yellow Summer | Birky Green Summer | Birky Blue Summer | Emoji Heart Eyes | Swami | Cardinal Rules | Lotus Wings | Watercolor Gypsy | Medusa

Image credits:
All artwork created by and provided courtesy of Erin Robinson.
Black and white portrait – Erin Robinson x Kwesi Abbensetts.
Color portrait – Erin Robinson x Gary Dourdan.

Friday
Apr252014

dime defined: maya-camille broussard.

INTRO.

NAME: Maya-Camille Broussard | HOME GROWN: Hyde Park. Chicago, IL. | DAY JOB: Creative Director, Art Consultant/Curator, Professor and Designer of interiors, products, and accessories. | DREAM JOB: I currently have my dream job/s. Now I have dream projects and dream clients that I'm currently working to attain!

FAVORITES.

DESIGNER: MIU MIU, Tibi, Alexander Wang, Joe's Jeans | CITY: Grasse, Barcelona, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans | CANDY: Junior Mints, Butterfinger, Sanders milk chocolate covered caramels. | AGE: The age I am now – never mind what that actual number is. | SOUND: The clock chimes at noon on the campus of Howard University. | POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley, Still I Rise by Maya Angelou | SCENT: Lavender, Sweet Orange Patchouli | APP: Google Maps, Duolingo, ASL Dictionary

Q & A.

01. WHO WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF YOUR LIFE?
FEATURE FILM, STRAIGHT TO DVD, OR LIFETIME MOVIE?
Sophie Okonedo would portray me in a feature film. I wouldn't mind if the film were silent.

02. WHAT ARTISTS OR SONGS WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE FILM'S SOUNDTRACK?
Aloe Blacc, Liz Wright, Daley, Nas, Eric Roberson, Collette B., Alice Smith, Outkast, Tribe Called Quest (if they could get it together), Lucy Pearl (in my wildest, I-know-it-ain't-happening-but-a-girl-can-wish dreams), and Mary J. Blige (correction: 1990s-Mary-J.-Blige).

03. WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU DIDN'T TAKE?
"You should be a journalism major."

04. IF YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE HAD TO BE CONDENSED, WHAT THREE PRODUCTS MAKE THE CUT?
DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Cleanser
Colonial Dámes Vitamin E Cream
Kate Somerville Exfolikate

05. ARE YOU THE WOMAN YOUR TEN YEAR OLD SELF WANTED TO BE?
Not at all. At ten years of age, all I cared about was turning eleven. However, if I did imagine myself as a certain type of women at that age, then I am certain that I am not her at this moment.

06. WHAT IS YOUR ALTER EGO'S NAME? DESCRIBE HER IN ONE WORD.
Just one alter ego? Ha!

07. FOOD, WATER, AND _____? WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE?
A spear for protection.

08. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE NO REGRETS OR NO FEARS?
I'd rather have no regrets. Fear is good for you. It keeps you alive.

09. WHAT'S YOUR DEFINITION OF DIME?
A DIME is someone who simply identifies her desires and waits as it appears – not because she's a magician (she very well could be), but because she has the ability to pinpoint what she wants to do and simply does it. A DIME is able to distinguish her goals and follow through with such force and tenacity that it is seemingly done with ease. There is no roadblock, cul-de-sac, mishap, "near miss", deformity, disability, or person that holds a DIME back. The creative prowess, intellectual capacity, and defying spirit of a DIME makes her aspirational. Moreover, a DIME seeks to not only rise, but to bring others up with her.

10. WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY?
My grandmother often said that you need to make sure you take care of two things: your feet and your teeth. I'd like to think that the deeper meaning is to be aware of where you are going (where your feet take you) and be conscious of what you speak (what passes through your teeth).

CONNECT.

www.themcbproject.com | www.themcbshop.com | facebook | instagram | twitter

Photography provided courtesy of Maya-Camille Broussard.

Friday
Apr182014

art studio: if these walls could talk...

it's so easy to consume yourself with every aspect of your desired field and by default cage your education. historical references, fictional characters, nature's backdrop – what represents your personal archive of inspiration, goals, and motivation? in between the conference calls and the coffee runs, amidst the instagram likes and the scandal retweets; find the beauty in the overwhelming and create that visual journal…

image credits: detailed from left to right, top to bottom. all images were created by and provided courtesy of their respective artists; with the exception of the cassandra rhodin wallpaper series, which was provided by your wallpaper.

:01 love story – big love wallpaper by cassandra rhodin | :02 life is for deep kisses… by weareyawn | :03 love story – roxxy wallpaper by cassandra rhodin | :04 love story – transdans wallpaper by cassandra rhodin | :05 stop in the name of love by viktor hertz | :06 love yourself print by kal barteski | :07 wutang print by roxy prima | :08 coffee and cigarettes by viktor hertz | :09 the royal tenenbaums poster by rachelle larocque | :10 even after all this time print by kal barteski | :11 always be yourself… by weareyawn | :12 love story – snekka wallpaper by cassandra rhodin

Friday
Mar282014

dime defined: natalie patterson.

INTRO.

NAME: Natalie Patterson | HOME GROWN: LA by way of Indiana | DAY JOB: Day job?! No buddy! | DREAM JOB: I'm living my dream job. Poet. Teaching artist. Fully myself.

FAVORITES.

MEAL: Pork chops from Blossom, although I'm a vegetarian again. | SOUND: When PayPal alerts me that someone has paid me. | SCENT: Warm syrup | WORD: Mellifluous | APP: Maps 

Q & A.

01. WHO WOULD PORTRAY YOU IN THE MOVIE VERSION OF YOUR LIFE?
I would, obviously. Anything else would be weird.

02. WHAT ARTISTS OR SONGS WOULD CONTRIBUTE TO THE FILM'S SOUNDTRACK?
I would need Drake, Beyoncé, Etta James, Tracy Chapman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jay Z, Frou Frou, Yuna, Quadron, and Jill Scott. 

03. WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU DIDN'T TAKE?
If it was good, I took it. 

04. IF YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE HAD TO BE CONDENSED, WHAT THREE PRODUCTS MAKE THE CUT?
African Royale Hot Six Oil
La Bella Max Hold Styling Gel
Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

05. ARE YOU THE WOMAN YOUR TEN YEAR OLD SELF WANTED TO BE?
I wanted to be Janet Jackson. I met her a few years ago, I shared that with her in a note I wrote her. I wanted to be confident, sexy, and kind. I think I am those things actualized. 

06. WHAT IS YOUR ALTER EGO'S NAME? DESCRIBE HER IN ONE WORD.
Magic. Fire. 

07. FOOD, WATER, AND _____? WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED TO SURVIVE?
Love. If I've got that…I'm winning.

08. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE NO REGRETS OR NO FEARS?
I'd much rather have no fears. That is the thing that holds me back from being everything else that I am. 

09. WHAT'S YOUR DEFINITION OF DIME?
Fully one's self. Being integrated in your life makes everything more fluid and beautiful. 

10. WHAT WORDS DO YOU LIVE BY?
– You can't lead if you don't serve. 
– Worry not. 
– All things work together for the highest good.

CONNECT.

natalieispoetry.com | blog | instagram | twitter


Video Credit: That's What She Said – Ten Things Every Female Should Know by Natalie Patterson. Content from the SoulPancake + Darling Magazine collaboration film series.

Photography provided courtesy of Natalie Patterson.

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