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

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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.