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Dorothy Shain. Contemporary Artist based out of Greenville, South Carolina. Explore her work. 

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Michelle's Morning Glory Muffins : A Mother's Day Treat

Dorothy Shain

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There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars for my mom, Michelle Shain. Born and raised in East Tennessee, she exudes every positive trait of a strong, Southern woman. From running her own wedding business to to running for office, she has taught me nothing is impossible. For the past 5 years of pursuing art, she has been my rock, guiding me, listening to me, and giving me honest feedback. I could not be where I am without her.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipe of hers, in hopes you can share it with someone special! Although my mom has worked the majority of my life, she always found time to wake up at the crack of dawn and have these on the counter before I ran out the door to school.

With a smear of peanut butter and a cup of coffee, these are show stoppers. They also are just so comforting.

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Michelle’s Morning Glory Muffins ( Cooking Light Magazine)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons untoasted wheatgerm

  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

  • 1/3 cup cranberries

  • 1/3 cup raisins

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1/4 canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • 1/2 cup boiling water

  1. Combine flour and next seven ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Stir in oats, raisins, and cranberries. Make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and egg, add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in boiling water. Let batter stand for 15 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

  3. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and place on wire rack to cool.

  4. Enjoy!




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Southern California & House of Morrison

Dorothy Shain

I can’t believe it’s already been a year since my collaboration with the House of Morrison in Newport Beach, California. That was such an amazing experience in terms of how wonderful they were to work with, how excited I am about the pieces I created, and the crazy small-world way it all came together...

Last January, I received an email from Denise Morrison’s son, who happened to live on my hall freshman year of college. He was writing on behalf of Denise. She had found my work through a mutual connection of ours but didn’t know how to get in touch. Once connected, the stars aligned. I began work on a custom group of 18 paintings that her team placed throughout projects and within their beautiful showroom.

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House of Morrison really set the bar for the kind of partnerships I want to have. When they asked me to create more pieces inspired by Southern California, I was able to take the time to explore San Diego and the surrounding areas for inspiration. It makes a world of difference to be in a place and walk around, to see the oranges growing in someone’s yard and get to watch how the light changes at sunset.

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One of my favorite pieces of the collection, “Sunset in Encinitas,” came out of a night when I was exploring on my own, waiting to meet up with a friend. I’d never been to Encinitas before, and my friend suggested I go to a place called Moonlight Beach. Little did I know that the moment I arrived, the sun would be setting and my lil’ soul would sing. That particular moment spoke to me creatively.

I just love the California coast. I love the views, the salt air, the coastlines, the free-spirited energy of surfers diving in at all hours of the day. Something about it just calls to me.

All in all, House of Morrison has been one of my very favorite partnerships to date. Not only do they have an incredibly kind team, but they have a killer sense of design with a Southern California flare. It has been such an honor to have my work placed among their projects. I am beyond grateful for their support of artists and artisans.

Good news!! We will continue to work together this year! We’ll be doing an online pop-up in the coming months, so stay tuned!

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Designing a Studio Space, an Interview with Amanda Louise Campbell

Dorothy Shain

I love working with other creative individuals, and Amanda Louise Campbell is definitely one of those people who inspire me! She’s not only a VERY creative interior designer, but she is a close friend of mine. Like me, she’s a young female entrepreneur from the South, and it’s been so much fun to work together for the past few years. She’s done an amazing job placing my work in her clients’ homes, and I absolutely love the way she has brought my studios to life!

As a way to introduce the new studio space and to celebrate our work together, I sat down with Amanda Louise to talk about her journey as a business owner, what she loves about interior design, and how she approached working with an artist.

How did you get into interior design?

It was always a passion of mine, though I kind of chickened out in school and didn't go the design degree route. I got my business degree instead and started working in a furniture store while I was in school. Through the store, I started going out to people's houses to consult on furniture, and then they would ask me to do more.

As a young entrepreneur who started her own business, if you had to give advice to somebody thinking about starting out, or share something that you have learned over the years, what would you tell them?

I think it all starts with passion. I think that's a huge, important part of doing anything. You can do anything for a small amount of time, but if you don't have passion, it's going to last. Because owning your own business is not easy, and there's a lot of rough days. So I think that’s the biggest thing.

Other than that, just putting your head down and doing the work. I think it’s important to have goals, and to have overall themes, and to have a mission statement, and to have all these things that are kind of like a little bit lofty. But the biggest thing is just putting your head down and doing the work every day, and then the other things will kind of come.

How how do you navigate not imposing your aesthetic on other people's spaces?

Well, there is a balance. I’ve established a pretty distinct aesthetic — I use a lot of color, I use a lot of pattern. People are reaching out to me because my aesthetic somehow speaks to them. There's a balance between trusting me with what I do and letting me take the reins, but also knowing that I'm going to tailor it to you and your personality.

You’ve done such a great job placing my work, which is one of your favorite pieces?

I really love April Showers. It’s such a wonderful piece because, like I said, I really love color and pattern. I love your use of pattern and your work. Most of your work just gives off this sense of joy. Even the lines that you paint are just happy and clean, and I think they're just overall joyful, which is so wonderful to add to any space.

That’s so kind! I love that description!! Was there anything particularly different about helping me design a studio space over helping somebody design their home?

We talked a lot about how things make you feel.  And I really worked on having it feel reflective of your personality — which is so hospitable and warm.  I think with a studio space to have someone want to buy your work and to show your work in a way that is reflective of you, it has a lot to do with how you make people feel. That was a huge part of applying that to your studio space, so that it felt like you when anyone walks in.

Were there any challenges with this space that you had to navigate?

Definitely maximizing the space. It isn't a huge space, and you like to paint big! So, a key thing was making sure that we didn't use up wall space. We wanted to keep that seating area kind of centered in the middle of the space so that wall space was maximized and it would also work as a gallery.  

What Semester at Sea Means to Me

Dorothy Shain

In Fall of 2010, I went on a round-the-world trip that absolutely changed my life. Semester at Sea was such a huge influence on who I am today that ever since I went, I’ve dreamed of finding a way to play a part in helping give someone else the same opportunity.

This year, I’m thrilled to be donating 10% of sales of my original works to “The Voyager Fund” through Semester at Sea. This particular fund provides deserving students, based on financial need, the opportunity to sail by helping to offset the cost of a voyage. But I realized that people might want to know more about why Semester at Sea is so important to me…

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I first heard about the program from my now brother-in-law when he and my sister were first dating and way before I had any idea what I wanted to do in college. But the way he talked about it, how it had such a huge impact on him, how he made so many lifelong friends, and how it totally changed his worldview — it really stuck with me.

My sophomore year of college, I decided I really wanted to do it... even though I’d never been on a cruise ship, my college didn’t even accept it as credit (at the time), and my parents were not at all on board with letting me go if it wasn’t going to count toward a degree. But something about me that not everyone knows is that the answer “no” really just fuels my fire!

I sat down and did all this research about the program and the other schools that accepted it as credit. I wrote up a letter detailing the program’s credentials, arguing the injustice of denying students an educational opportunity that so many other major schools accepted, and I sent the letter straight to the president of my university! I had no idea if I’d ever hear back, but me being me, I went straight to the top!

Before I knew it, I was in the president’s office, meeting with his administrative assistant, and she not only approved every single credit, but also allowed my scholarship to go towards the trip! It was a huge lesson in not giving up on my dreams, and it was only the beginning of my Semester at Sea journey.

So, I turned up at port in the fall of my junior year to board a ship with 1000 people under the age of 21 from all over the U.S. — none of whom I knew beforehand! As a girl from small town South Carolina where everybody knows everybody, you can just imagine how huge this was for me. And it turns out, I also get majorly seasick. I spent the first two weeks basically mute since I was so ill, and the seasick patches I had to wear made me so drowsy I would fall asleep in the middle of conversations! Basically, I had my world rocked.

But I wouldn’t change a second of it. We sailed around the world, visited thirteen countries in three and a half months, and I left with the best group of friends imaginable. Seeing so much of the world at that impressionable age was incredibly eye-opening. It inspired me to minor in human rights (since it wasn’t a major at the time), and motivated me to continue traveling in order to learn about new people and cultures.

The trip was filled with so many amazing moments, but one that really stands out was when I experienced a connection between my childhood trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and southern Vietnam.

Naive twenty-somethings that we were, my roommate and I hopped on the backs of some mopeds with a group of “tour guides” in Vietnam. They drove us out of the city and down all these dirt roads and eventually it started to get dark. While we didn’t feel threatened or anything, we really started to feel like we needed to leave. But the guys kept telling us no, we needed to wait, they had something they wanted us to see. And for some crazy reason, we decided to stay. And all of a sudden, all around us, the sky lights up with fireflies flashing simultaneously.

Now, my mom is from Tennessee. And my whole life, she would make us go see these crazy fireflies in Gatlinburg. As a kid, of course, I never really appreciated it. But then I found myself all the way across the world and seeing these fireflies flash together — and there’s barely a handful of places on the planet where that happens!

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I remember it being this really spiritual moment, realizing how small the world is, and how everything is connected, and we end up in places for the right reasons. And it was so powerful. And I want more than anything to be able to help another young person have their own “firefly” moment somewhere out in the world.

Finding Inspiration: Art Books & Édouard Vuillard

Dorothy Shain

Travel has always been a huge source of inspiration for my work, and I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had, but recently I’ve been trying to find more inspiration in being still. Sometimes, that means turning to my collection of art books.

I absolutely love art books. Flipping through the pages of other artists’ work is something I’ve always found soothing and inspiring. It’s what I would do in college when I was stressed during finals — I would go study in the art library. Just being surrounded by so much incredible creativity was comforting, and it was a huge stress reliever to get up, take a break, and flip through the pages of a book of art.

Flipping through Vuillard’s work helped inspire my sneaker series, which I’ll releasing next month!

Flipping through Vuillard’s work helped inspire my sneaker series, which I’ll releasing next month!

I’ve been working on growing my own collection over the years. I’ll pick them up at flea markets, or choose them off friends’ recommendations, or sometimes I’ll get a few when people are giving books away. And I just love being able to go to the shelf and pull down a book and sit with another artist’s work. It helps me clear my own mind and get inspired any time I’m feeling stuck.

When I sit with an art book, I keep a sketchbook with me, and when I feel especially struck by a page, I’ll go to my sketchbook and do little 4x4 squares replicating a pattern. Then I’ll play with that, go off and do my own spin, make it into something new. Then I’ll write a little bit about it, what I love about it, the feeling it brings up for me. And it’s just such a great way to connect with my creative energies.

One of the books I’ve fallen in love with recently is about the work of Édouard Vuillard — a French painter from the late 1800s and early 1900s. I love the way he uses so much pattern in his paintings, since that’s something I do a lot of in my own work.

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Vuillard was really a master of color and of pattern, and I instantly start to feel inspired when I just sit and dig through his paintings. He created these beautiful patterns in people’s clothing or on the walls in the background. And every time I open the book, I’ll find a pattern and think to myself, “I want that as wallpaper!” I just love his brush strokes. He’s a very loose painter, I would say, and it makes these lovely, soft experiences in his work.

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I get a ton of inspiration, too, from reading through these books, reading the person’s history. Yes, these people were painters, but they’ll get commissions and before they know it they’re doing textiles or china! And I love that part. I learned that Vuillard created a set of custom hand-painted china for a couple’s wedding, and that would be my absolute dream!




The Studio of My Dreams!

Dorothy Shain

Really visualizing what I’m working toward has been such a huge part of my process as I’ve worked to grow as an artist. From the very beginning, my vision was to move into a light and airy space where I could paint and also show my work. This week, I’ve finally realized that vision!

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When I was just starting out, I was thrilled to get my little 300 square foot studio and ship things from my parents’ kitchen table. They were so generous and good natured about my stuff being everywhere! And it was great to get to see so much of them. My mom would come home from her job and sit and eat lunch with us. It felt really cozy and supportive, and was exactly what I needed to get things off the ground.

But it also had its drawbacks for everyone… my dad would forget we were coming and have to run upstairs in his pajamas. People would be coming in and out all day, and everybody had keys, so my mom never knew who would show up at any moment. And, seriously, my stuff has been all over their house for years now.

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Their kitchen table was a great place to start, and I’m so grateful for the support and opportunity they provided, but we’ve definitely outgrown that space. As things really started to take off a couple years ago, I was able to hire someone to help out, which has been amazing! But it also added another body to an already crowded kitchen. Now, things have grown to the point where we’re looking to hire a second person, and that meant it was time to find enough space for all of us!

So, over the past year, I looked and looked and looked. I needed to find somewhere that felt inspiring. I looked at so many commercial spaces that just didn’t feel right for me as an artist. I didn’t want a space that felt industrial and impersonal. My dream has always been to find a space that’s welcoming and airy and open. And, of course, with the number one requirement that I could bring a dog!

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And I’ve finally found my dream studio — in an old house in Greenville, over a design studio. It’s 900 square feet, has tons of storage space, and is the perfect space to eventually serve as both a studio and a showroom. (Opening up the showroom is still a ways down the road, but it’s absolutely part of my vision).

This feels like such an amazing start to 2019. It has me inspired and energized for the year to come. With enough space to hire another person, I’ll be able to focus on new projects like expanding into textiles and hopefully (eventually) ceramics. I’ll also be able to take on my goal of picking a different city to visit every single month. Travel is such an inspiration for my work, and I’m so excited to meet with other artists, designers, and people doing amazing work in other cities!

We’ve got a long way to go before we can invite people into the space, but I can’t wait to share it with you. It’s a dream come true to have everything under one roof, and I love the idea of being able to open my studio and connect with more people one on one. Online sales can feel impersonal, and I want every piece of my work to find a home with someone who feels welcome.

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Marking Milestones and Celebrating Success

Dorothy Shain

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I’ve been doing art full time for four years now, and ever since the day I graduated in 2012, I’ve been visualizing what success will look like for me. That vision of where I want to go in the future always involves a beautiful, naturally lit, airy + inspiring studio space, and in it, I’ve always visualized a studio dog there with me.

This year, that dream finally became a reality! I’ll be moving into a new space next month, and as of a few days before Christmas, I have my perfect little studio dog to be the mascot and join me on my creative journey. But Lucy is so much more than a dog to me...

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a French Bulldog. I used to visit my sister in New York City, and I remember the first time I saw one of these quirky little dogs, I fell totally in love. They were just the most ridiculous and adorable little creatures, and every time someone would pass me with one, I would have to stop, get down on the ground, and talk to them. Getting a Frenchie of my own became the symbol of my goals and dreams, that milestone to reach for which would mean I’d really succeeded in making art my career.

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I love when you walk into a store or a studio and there’s a dog. Every time I would walk into this fabric store in Greenville and a little Frenchie would come greet me, I would feel like it was fate.

I’ve always been an animal person, but I never had a dog of my own. I’ve been talking about getting one for years, but until now, I was never quite there financially. It always seemed just a little bit outside my reach, but it was also a really clear goal that I was working toward.

2018 was a great year for me professionally, and I finally reached a place where it was time to pull the trigger. It was time to get my Frenchie. I got online and found a breeder and went the next morning, and Lucy has been rocking my world ever since!

Having a funny, quirky little dog around is bringing so much joy to my life and my work. She’s 4 months old and snores like a 90 year old man! She’s definitely got a Napoleon complex and already runs through the studio like she owns the place. She already ate the beginning of a commission and has already gotten herself covered in paint. And I couldn’t love her more!

I’m so proud to have brought her into my life. Getting Lucy feels like my first real, fully adult responsibility. I finally had the funds to make my dream come true, and I still can’t quite believe it’s happened. Every day when I look at her, I have this moment of realizing that I made it to that really big goal of mine.

It’s so important to celebrate our successes! Lucy is truly the symbol of my dreams come true, and I’m so grateful to have come this far and to have this little companion to help me along the journey ahead.

Printmaking + Processes

Dorothy Shain

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A great artist is nothing without a truly talented printmaker. That’s why I am so grateful to have the network of supporters and artisans that I do in my local community. George is a talented photographer and printer, who lives in my hometown. I have had the pleasure of working with him for several years, and he is an integral part of my process. George’s prints are so lifelike, that sometimes I have to double take and make sure it’s not an original! I asked him to do a quick Q&A about what makes him tick:

  1. How did you discover photography?

    My parents dabbled in pastels, so I started painting a little as well. No lessons, just did it. A neighbor that hand colored black and white portraits for photographers suggested that I might like photography. I tried it when I was around 16, and my drawing days were over! In high school I turned my bedroom into a darkroom, so i’ve been printing for a pretty long time.

  2. When did you decide to move into printing for other artists?

    I’ve been making my living as a photographer since 1975/76. I quickly learned that I was better at product still lives than portraits of people. After the economy rebounded, the advertising and commercial markets were never the same, so I decided to print my own work while retaining a few of my commercial clients. I saw a potential in reproduction work one -on-one with artists and photographers, so I purchased an Epson wide format printer in 2010 without a single printing client. I have always had a feeling of self-belief tempered with taking small but deliberate steps forward.

  3. Take me through your process start to finish (without revealing trade secrets, of course!)

    Printing is not brain surgery, but it is technical, so communication with clients is key. Sometimes what they want is not what they truly need. I like a one-on-one meeting to review art, ask questions, and above all, listen. We then go through paper types and go through potential printing issues with the pieces at hand. If clients provide their own files, I review them carefully to ensure that they are suitable for printing. The quality of the digital file is the key to great reproductions. Image resolution, bit depth, and color space have a huge effect on quality, and more is always better. A well maintained printer is always going to do its job, if you feed it the best numbers you can.

  4. What’s the best part of your job?

    Working with people that are passionate about what they do. I enjoy working as a team to create the best possible pieces.

  5. What are some of the lessons you’ve learned throughout your career?

    Believe in yourself, but also know your limitations to make sure you only promise what you can deliver. Never quit learning, and try to be better tomorrow than you were today. Know your equipment and how to get the best work out of it! Listen, and respect the artists and art that you work with! Seek out the best people and companies to partner with. Always exceed expectations!

  6. What’s your favorite part of living on Paris Mountain?

    Technically we don’t live on Paris Mountain, but I do love living in the woods.

  7. Top Greenville spot to grab a bite:

    That used to be a much easier question but there are too many great places to choose from these days. One of our favorites, and has been for years, is the Augusta Grill. I’m still looking for a killer hotdog, though.

  8. Top Greenville place to get inspired:

    Our screened porch at sunset, any day of the year. I love just watching the light.

As always, he has knocked the “On Holiday” limited prints out of the park. George always exceeds my expectations for my prints, and I am so grateful that he can translate my work so beautifully. You can find those prints here.

Thank you George, for taking the time to let me pick your brain!

Who is in your “tribe” that makes it happen?

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Dorothy Shain x Abide-A-While

Dorothy Shain

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Abide-A-While Garden Boutique is a Charleston classic. They are known not only for every green and colorful plant under the sun, but also for a welcoming, family-owned atmosphere (they’ve been open since 1959!). Abide-A-While has grown up with Charleston- seen her grow, hit by hurricanes and flooding, and then explode as the “friendliest city in America”.

To me, however, there is a much more personal connection. My grandmother, Monie, lived in Charleston and her very favorite spot was Abide-A-While. That’s why when they reached out to me about collaborating, I jumped at the chance!

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I have been trying to dip my toes into the candle world, but with nothing clicking into place, I decided to wait for the right opportunity. Abide-A-While has been exactly that. We are partnering with some of Charleston’s best, Candlefish and Mac & Murphy, to create “Beverly Street Jasmine,” my very first candle. The candle name stems from the street that my grandmother lived on in West Ashley.

The candle is 100% soy based and poured in Charleston.

Please join me for an “Open Greenhouse” with Abide-A-While and Croghan’s Goldbug Collection on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th at Abide-A-While! It will be a weekend filled with art, jewelry, great conversation, and our limited edition collaborative candles.

I will have a series of orchids available at the party, but if you are dying for a bikini, I have a limited number of prints available online here!

This whole process has been a dream, and I am so glad to finally invite you all along for the ride! I would love to know- where do you envision your Beverly Street Jasmine burning?

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Photos by Minette Hand

A Guide to Puglia

Dorothy Shain

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A Guide to Puglia

( A special thanks to my dear friend Kate & Carlos Sirtori for the recommendations and guide below)

Explorers, foodies, and history + design buffs will find the southern region of Italy to be nothing short of inspiring. Home to thousand-year-old olive trees that line the fields, breathtaking views of the “Sea” (the true Italian way to reference the beach), and cuisine that will knock your socks off, Puglia, is one of the most special places I have been.

First things first, don’t get overwhelmed. There are so many towns to visit and things to see. Let’s start with some standouts.

Where to Stay (Luxe) : Borgo Egnazia

·      While this hotel is relatively new, and I was blown away. Make a note to visit the spa and have a meal there (even if you are not a guest). No words.

Where to Stay ( Cozy & Authentic ) : Masseria Torre Coccaro

·      My friend and her husband were married here and I got to stop by for a tour under the stars. Be sure to inquire about their “Village Feasts.”

Towns to Visit:  

Alberobello

·      This is a must. Quintessentially Pugliese. Home of the “Trulli,” amazing white & stone huts with cone shaped roofs. While this is definitely a tourist attraction, the trulli are amazing to see.

·      Wine Bar: Trulli E Puglia Wine Bar (underground). Enjoy their pistachiochello! 

Matera

·      Another must. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This might be one of the most incredible cities I have seen from an architecture and history standpoint.

·      Nerd out and take a history tour. It is well worth the time. Trust me, you will be mind blown.

·      Standout Pizza Joint: Oi Mari

Putignano

·      Go for the best meal of your life. A beautiful little town.

·      Dine (splurge) : Angelo Sabateli. The friends I was visiting took me here for a special dinner. I died and went to heaven.

o   My friend, a super foodie, says this is one of her favorite restaurants in all of Italy.

o   Make a point to meet the sommelier (a jovial bald gentleman). He will take great care of you! The dessert wine is not to miss!

 

Things You Should Know about Puglia . . .

·      Let’s talk Antipasti.  It’s a highlight of Puglia. Make sure you partake in this parade of food. It serves as a great way to try an array of traditional dishes.

·      The regional pasta is orecchiette. The regional “crackers” are Taralli. They are SO delicious. Always choose fish over meat here….the seafood is incredible!

 

Last but not least…

·    Sant’Andrea: This was probably my favorite day of the trip. Sant’ Andrea is a town that sits on the tip of the boot on the sea.

·      Spend the day swimming in crystal blue waters among the most incredible rock formations. I could live here!

This adventure was definitely a trip of a lifetime, and I am so thrilled to share with you! Puglia is Italy’s best kept secret, as you can clearly see. 

Now, book that ticket and let me know if you go! I want to hear your thoughts!

 

 

The Power of your Network

Dorothy Shain

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Since diving full force into my artistic career 3.5 years ago, there is one thing that I have learned that may trump all others things, there is so much power within your network. Your network plays such an integral role in propelling business or ideas forward. Your network is who supports you, spreads the word, and always has your back. Your network needs to be nourished and grown. The best part? Every single person comes from different places, backgrounds and experiences contributing to a dynamic and different network no one else in the world has. Remember that. Here are 5 ways to "nourish" your network, as Maria Brophy says in her book, no matter what field you are in.

  1. Write handwritten thank you notes
  2. In-person meetings are crucial for connection
  3. When you can't meet in person, make time to hop on the phone
  4. Connect the dots. Find something you have in common with someone else. A restaurant, a sports team, a person. Chances are, if the connection is made, the relationship will continue to develop. 
  5. Check in. Its up to you to stay in touch with your network! 

The further you cast your net, the more you will see positive results, growth and achievement. 

Art Collecting : 7 Artists to Know

Dorothy Shain

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I will never forget a summer during college that I spent in Taos, New Mexico studying art. The town was overflowing with talented cermanicists, jewelry makers and painters, all taking inspiration from the south west landscape. Touring a studio one day, I remember seeing a piece of art that spoke to me. The price tag was small (under $30) yet I walked away empty handed. I told my art professor exactly what I saw and what I did. At that moment, he gave me one of the most important pieces of advice I have received as an artist & beginning collector, he said, "Start collecting art now. Whether it is $1 or $100, add pieces to your collection as you travel and as you can. Aquire the pieces that truly speak to you." That was over 8 years ago and I am still thinking of that piece of art I left in Taos. 

So,  I made a commitment to collecting. Piece by piece. As I travel. As I meet new artists. As I pop in new studios. I don't go searching, I let the art land in my path. Personally, I have found that I connect with the artwork when I have a connection to the artist. 

Why do this, you may ask? Think about it. Every home you have walked into full of art carries a different energy than a home full of empty walls. Art tells a story of where you have been, your interests, your loves, your heritage and more. It serves to inspire, cause thought, produce ideas & ignite daydreams. 

Here are seven artists whose work is inspiring me right now:

One. Chambers Austelle

Two. Scott Szegeski

Three. Lydia Johnson

Four. Sophie Treppendahl

Five. Elizabeth Few

Six. Glory Day Loflin

Seven. Samuel Hodges

Studio Makeover with Amanda Louise Interiors

Dorothy Shain

After recently moving in to my dream studio space in Art and Light Gallery, I had the absolute pleasure of making this space my own! With the help of Amanda Louise, I added spunk and color to the place where I express all of my creativity. Amanda Louise is an interior designer based in Greenville, South Carolina who brings life and personality into spaces making them uniquely you. Her passion for beauty and imagination is so evident and I am beyond thankful to be a part of this! Her style is fun and playful and combines a mix of bright and subdued that create the most comfortable environments.

With just a pop of purple, a fresh coat of paint, and some new shelves, my studio now radiates me! I am a big believer that where you work defines how you work and my studio is nothing but fun. Amanda Louise’s interior design has added life and excitement to every aspect of my day and I am so grateful to have a space that makes work and fun the same thing!

Q & A with Art & Light Gallery Owner, Teresa Roche

Dorothy Shain

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In January of 2018, I had the opportunity to move to a light-filled and airy dream studio located inside of Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, South Carolina. Art & Light is owned and operated by the inspiring Teresa Roche. Teresa is not only doing so much for the art community here but she is doing so much for me! I am so excited to announce that a limited amount of my work will now be represented by the gallery. 

We recently sat down with Teresa for a lil' Q & A to give you more insight into the world of a creative mover & shaker. Follow along on their Instagram to be instantly inspired by this magical place. 

Q & A

How would you describe Art & Light Gallery?

            We’ve been in business 12 years and we started out in the Village of West Greenville in the Flatiron building. We have three studios here and it really works well. I started with about 5 artists and now I have 19, and Dorothy is one of them.

Can you tell us a lil’ bit about yourself?

I was a dance major. Dance and theatre went hand in hand. I was into painting sets in college, so I worked with artists. One day, it struck me that I really wanted there to be a gallery in Greenville, my hometown, where anyone could buy a piece of art.  

What is your favorite place to grab lunch in town?

           My favorite place to grab lunch is GB&D (Golden Brown and Delicious).

What is your favorite coffee place?

            The Village Grind, next door to GB and D, two blocks down the street. It’s just got so much character.

What is the next upcoming show at Art & Light?

            We have a show opening with Annie Koelle called "Flight with a Tether." Her look is very different. It’s classic oil painting with a little twist to it. We also have a Japanese printmaker in April doing her second show.

What is your favorite music to listen to while you paint?

            I like Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake. Those are the two things I really crank loudly. Sometimes country depending on the day.

What is the current book on your nightstand?

            Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders. It’s sort of falls into the self-improvement category, but if my favorite book I have ever read.

 

 Art & Light Gallery

16 Aiken Street

Greenville, SC 29611

Dorothy Shain x Anthropologie Swimwear 2018

Dorothy Shain

        Almost one year ago to date, I was approached to collaborate with Anthropologie for bringing my swimwear paintings to life. I was absolutely in shock and overcome with excitement. For as long as I can remember, I would pass the time in classes by sketching swimwear, dresses, and clothing on my notebooks and journals. To actually have the opportunity to create actual pieces in real life was truly a dream come true.   

Are you wondering how exactly this happened? First thing was first, with a team, we went through files of my paintings of bikinis and one pieces to choose several that we felt could be created. A graphic designer then produced a mock-up using my exact patterns, emulating the style found in the painting.

Next, samples were made and sent to me in South Carolina. With the help of the team, we revised until we received a product we were over the moon about!

Once the final products landed in my hand, I called on my friend and talented photographer Amanda Greeley in Charleston, SC to shoot them. With the help of models Venita Aspen and Emily Vaughan, we headed to Sullivan’s Island for a cold afternoon of shooting on the beach.

To celebrate, I will be releasing 28 original bikinis and 28 limited edition, signed, numbered and dated giclee prints ( Runs of 15 only)

Browse my Gallery Here

 

SHOP ANTHROPOLOGIE SWIM 

The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

Dorothy Shain

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While completing my senior year at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, I remember hearing a story of a tragic accident involving Dallas native Lauren Scruggs.  Lauren was involved in a terrible incident involving the propeller of a small plane, which resulted in the loss of an eye and her left hand.  While I did not know Lauren at the time, I was struck by her story and courage to continue on with her life.

I am a big believer that the world works in mysterious ways because almost 2 years ago, through social media, Lauren and I connected over a piece of my art.  I was given the opportunity to work with her to create 2 custom pieces for her home in California.  Lauren went out of her way to show her support for my art journey and was always so gracious in her emails.  I remember being absolutely blown away by her kindness.

A couple of months later, on a trip out to L.A., I proposed that we meet for lunch and she agreed – indeed, I was floored.  I had just completed her book on the way out, "Still Lolo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family's Journey of Hope", and suddenly could barely hold back my tears as I sat across from her.  I was so impressed and inspired by Lauren's spirit, beauty & courage after such a horrific life event.  As we sat and enjoyed our acai bowls, we very quickly connected over our love of health, mutual friends, and entrepreneurship.  I felt like we had known each other for such a long time!

Later, after I’d returned home to South Carolina, I recall reading an article Lauren posted regarding prosthetic limbs and the lack of support insurance provides to obtain them.  She mentioned the physical & spiritual healing that prostheses can provide.  My heart immediately began to hurt and I knew I wanted to help.  That's when I learned more about the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation.

In 2015, the LSK Foundation was started by Lauren, Lisa & Ashley (all touched by this) to help others obtain a "beautiful prosthesis."  Together with the National Christian Foundation and ARTech Laboratory, they seek to provide funding for girls and women to receive cosmetic silicone coverings for their prostheses, with the hope that they will experience both physical and spiritual healing.

In honor of Lauren, I have created a limited edition, 9" x 12", signed, and numbered giclée print to raise funds.  100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Foundation.  To receive a signed print, please make a $125 donation to LSK Foundation and email a screenshot or receipt of your donation to holler@dorothyshain.com with your mailing address.  A print will then be mailed out to you on Friday, December 15th.

The Story Behind the Bikinis

Dorothy Shain

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3 years ago, I made the decision to leave my desk job and pursue my career in art full-time. My friends and family were terrified but I knew, deep down, I had the drive to bring my dream to life. Initially, "pursuing" art meant side hustling. Babysitting, teaching art classes & even helping out  (doing paperwork) for the South Beach Food & Wine Festival -- anything to pay my rent. The last gig, afforded me the opportunity to take my first trip to South Beach in Miami.

Immediately, upon arrival, I fell in love with the colors and the feel of the area. I was fascinated by the architecture and design of older hotels like The Raleigh and became interested in the Art Deco Era. When I returned to South Carolina and had a day in my studio, I started sketching out high waisted bikinis from other eras. Before I knew it, I was launching my first collection. 

Each collection has such a different vibe & feel depending on where I have traveled & what has recently inspired me. The Colorblock Collection,  is a tribute to 1960's & 70's beach culture in the United States. From South Beach to La Jolla, the styles were fun, the time was magic & the music was right. Women pushed the envelope, explored the styles & showed a little more skin on the beaches & by the pools. They were making moves & making waves. 

Each piece is an original work of art created in my studio in Greenville, South Carolina and framed locally. Thank you for supporting my artistic journey.

 

City Boots x Dorothy Shain

Dorothy Shain

Imagine a place where longhorn cattle roam across a natural gradient of wildflower blues, evergreens, and rich clay reds. Where city and country coexist just as the gem and earth tones do. Where life is as simple and as pure as the state motto, “friendship.” This place is Texas and Texas is the inspiration for the new Dorothy Shain for City Boots silk scarf collection.  Each earthly element and tone found in the Texas hill country found its way into the custom print patterns by Dorothy Shain, an artist and modern day explorer from Greenville, South Carolina. City Boots founder and Amarillo native, Lizzy Chesnut, first met Shain while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Both designers are heavily influenced by the state of Texas and found her to be an easy muse for their handmade, pure silk scarf collaboration.  We hope you take a little piece of Texas with you wherever you go. The scarves are available for purchase,  here , on the City Boots website!   Xoxo,  Lizzy and Dorothy

Imagine a place where longhorn cattle roam across a natural gradient of wildflower blues, evergreens, and rich clay reds. Where city and country coexist just as the gem and earth tones do. Where life is as simple and as pure as the state motto, “friendship.” This place is Texas and Texas is the inspiration for the new Dorothy Shain for City Boots silk scarf collection.

Each earthly element and tone found in the Texas hill country found its way into the custom print patterns by Dorothy Shain, an artist and modern day explorer from Greenville, South Carolina. City Boots founder and Amarillo native, Lizzy Chesnut, first met Shain while attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Both designers are heavily influenced by the state of Texas and found her to be an easy muse for their handmade, pure silk scarf collaboration.

We hope you take a little piece of Texas with you wherever you go. The scarves are available for purchase, here, on the City Boots website! 

Xoxo,

Lizzy and Dorothy

Travel California

Dorothy Shain

On May 8th, I will be launching my Pacific Coast Collection at 9am EST. I cannot put into words how excited I am to see my piece(s) of California dreaming find their new homes. My art is often a visual manifestation of stories and experiences that have changed me.

This is the story of my love affair with Venice and Southern California.

In the fall of 2010, I was blessed with the incredible opportunity hop aboard the MV Explorer, a retired Carnival Cruise ship, and embark on a four-month journey around the world through a program called Semester at Sea. I started the journey knowing not a single person & left with a forever crew of what I like to call "soul friends." These special people, primarily from the West Coast, took this little southerner under their wings and helped ignite a love for their home. I heard them talk of the special burritos, the surfing, the culture, the weather. When we pulled into the port of San Diego, I was raring to go and ready to explore. 

Seven years down the road, I still can't get enough. My travels to the west coast started as visits to see these wonderful people. Whether I was located in San Fransisco, San Diego, Mammoth, or Venice Beach,  I started to realize that this place was speaking to my soul. I am drawn to the mindset, the creativity, the melting pot of people, the rich surf & skate culture ( inspiration in itself), even the plants. I love the endless possibilities, the connections to be made, and people to meet.  L.A is so full of fellow dreamers, all hustling to meet larger than life goals. My kind of people.

This collection of work is deeply personal: it is inspired by little trips, larger than life experiences, and snippets of one of the greatest places I have had the opportunity to explore. The Pacific Coast means something to me, and I hope that you connect with sense of freedom and creativity, just as I have.

If the travel bug has just bitten you hard after reading this post (the Pacific Coast can do that to you), here are some of my favorite things to do & see in Southern California: 

Best View of Pacific Coast Highway (Malibu): Neptunes Net

Hiking in Malibu : Charmlee Wilderness Park in the Santa Monica Mountains

Korea Town:  Tatsu Ramen

Coffee + People Watching: Deus ex Machina

Surf Shop: Lone Wolfs

Lunch: Cafe Gratitude

Poke: Poke Poke 

San Diego: Mitch's ( the best ceviche & fish tacos I have ever had in my life) 

Serious inquiries contact holler@dorothyshain.com for presale information.