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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.


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.


dime playlist: it's over now...

the aftermath of a breakup is raw and unapologetic. it is usually in these moments that music becomes this lyrically beautiful invasion of privacy that speaks for us. it is under these circumstances of extremes that we are inclined to capture all that we were with intense uncertainty. love and loss create you but they don't break you. and in the end you realize that the soundtrack to your relationship only acknowledges that previous commitments are no longer connections, they are now diminished into performances.

01:  do what you gotta do --- roberta flack
favorite line: "i loved you better than your own kin did."
album: chapter two --- year: 1970

02: ex factor --- lauryn hill
favorite line: "loving you is like a battle and we both end up with scars."
album: the miseducation of lauryn hill --- year: 1998

03: king of sorrow --- sade
favorite line: "i have already paid for all my future sins."
album: lovers rock --- year: 2000

04: one more try --- george michael
favorite line: "so i don't want to learn to hold, touch you…think that you're mine."
album: faith --- year: 1987

05: what you want --- the roots
favorite line: "the punishment for crimes of the heart could be severe."
album: the best man [music from the motion picture] --- year: 1999

07: i know --- jay z
favorite line: "and your heart no longer pledge allegiance to me."
album: american gangster --- year: 2007

08: breathe --- melissa etheridge
favorite line: "i'm alright, i'm alright…it only hurts when i breathe."
album: lucky --- year: 2004

09: how can i ease the pain --- lisa fischer
favorite line: "a fool for love is a fool for pain."
album: so intense --- year: 1991

10: holding to back the years --- simply red
favorite line: "nothing had the chance to be good, nothing ever could."
album: picture book --- year: 1985

11: pretty wings --- maxwell
favorite line: "to see clearly, the way that love can be when you are not with me."
album: BLACKsummers'night --- year: 2009

12: fool of me --- meshell ndegeocello
favorite line: "does she want you with the pain that i do?"
album: bitter --- year: 1999

image credit: artwork created by and provided courtesy of danielle meder.


dime defined: jasmine durhal.


NAME: Jasmine Durhal | HOME GROWN: Detroit, MI | DAY JOB: Photographer | DREAM JOB: Full-time creative 


MEAL: Veggie burgers | DESIGNER: Céline | CITY: Detroit | SEASON: Fall | SOUND: Rain | ERA: The eighties

Q & A.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life?
A:  Keke Palmer or Lupita Nyong'o.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Slum Village, a little Drake, and some Prince to add depth.

Q:  What's the best advice you didn't take? 
A:  None, I like to think mistakes are necessary.

Q:  What film title sums up your experiences with love thus far?  
A:  love jones…

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

Q:  What three people could you spend eternity with?
A:  My grandma, my dog Brody, and my mommy.

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No fears. Fear is something I personally struggle with more. I tend to fear things at the first idea of the obstacle. Having no fear would result in a different approach to my work, my life, and everything in general. 

Q:  What's your definition of dime?
A:  A woman who knows who she is and what she is capable of. She uses her gifts not only for her benefit, but to help others as well.

Q:  What words do you live by?
A:  "Smile and the world smiles with you."

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Photography provided courtesy of Jasmine Durhal.


art studio: pippa mcmanus.

Pippa McManus illustrates the pursuit of glamour as art. The fashion insider seems approachable via Pippa's storytelling approach to the industry. We become engaged in visual banter and the individual becomes a real life canvas where fashion is seeking acceptance. Conformity and perfection become an investigative inquiry rather than an obsession.


NAME: Pippa McManus | HOME GROWN: Perth, Western Australia | DAY JOB: Fashion Illustrator | DREAM JOB: Fashion Illustrator


COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee | VINTAGE OR COUTURE: Couture | SUCCESS OR FAME: This is the only one I can't choose, I want it all! | SILVER OR GOLD: Gold | APPETIZER OR DESSERT: Appetizer | SUMMER OR WINTER: Winter | MILD OR SPICY: Spicy | NO REGRETS OR NO FEARS: No Fears | TRUTH OR DARE: Truth

Q & A.

JRL:  As a fashion illustrator, one would assume that your sole focus would be on the fashion. But, you have a different approach. You actually capture the industry, more specifically the women who make up the industry. Are you suggesting that it is the individual's approach [her walk, her attitude, etc.] to fashion that's the inspiration? As opposed to fashion being solely responsible for individuality?

PM:  That is an amazing compliment, I hope for nothing more than to capture the fashion industry as a whole. I started out solely trying to capture the line of a dress and the precise stitching and construction of an individual garment, but how boring! I find the clothes just as interesting as the face. A few years ago, my work started to shift focus onto the person wearing the clothes as much as the clothes themselves. I think maybe my work is a bit more fine-arty than it was previously. Like you say, more focus on the individual. I hope the viewer comes up with a story for each girl and I hope that every story is different.

JRL:  There seems to be a current obsession with full figures and extreme curves, yet the women that you depict are the polar opposite. Do you feel that the svelte frame is a voice that has been silenced or are you simply showcasing what you see?

PM:  An ongoing controversial topic in the fashion world. I occasionally cop a bit of flack for the way I depict my women. But what can I say, I'm a traditionalist. Fashion illustration has been based on a stretched and lengthened figure since forever. It's how I was taught to illustrate in college and what I'm comfortable with. It reflects the industry, which is my job in a nutshell. I regularly attend life drawing classes and love drawing real bodies from life, I have even taught such classes to fashion students. I believe in order to draw a stylized or distorted figure you must first learn how to draw an anatomically correct figure. The great thing about being a fashion illustrator is that I get to pick and choose from what the industry is currently obsessed with. I don't have to follow it all, case in point: minimalism, nothing bores me more! But I don't have to draw it.

JRL:  The eyes of your subjects dominate your work. They are piercing, mysterious, daring; I appreciate that I can't say sexy, demure, or innocent. Was this a conscious decision, to avoid simple stereotypes and offer a hint of each woman's individual complexity?

PM:  Thank you, I'm glad you think so! I do try to have a range of different girls though, sexy, demure, and innocent all included. And I do try to give them piercing, mysterious, and daring eyes. I think my girls can be all of these things wrapped into one; it's what the viewer sees. But the eyes are definitely my favorite thing to paint; perhaps what I'm feeling at the time is what comes through in the painting.

JRL:  What elements outside of fashion inspire your work?

PM:  I'm finding I'm a bit obsessed with video clips at the moment. I'm not sure why because I don't really listen to commercial radio at all. Actually that might be why. And that might link back to my obsession with youth culture; I think I definitely have a Peter Pan complex. But most of all I would say it's my friends who inspire me the most. The way they dress, the things we chat about involving both fashion and anything but fashion. They are all so individual and just hanging out with one of them for an hour will influence the next album I will download. Or I'll chase after some snippet of cultural info they have told me about.

JRL:  If your self portrait could be translated into a runway show, what designers and/or models are featured? What songs or artists provide the music? Why?

PM:  Good question! And a hard one! I suppose it would have to be a traditional design house that references past eras, maybe Miu Miu? The models would have to be a mix of my favorite pouty lipped kitten brigade: Frida Aasen, Daphne, Lindsey, Siri, Frida G. Girls I would love to look like and the more quirky girls that I love to draw. But I don't do it that often because the interesting looking girls don't sell as well as the VS type girls. Music would have to be 90's club anthems because that's my ultimate genre.


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Images shown: Trippy Gypsy | Dahlias & Dior | Ginta Rose | Bianca Bae | L is for Lindsey

Image credits: All artwork created by and provided courtesy of Pippa McManus.

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