Behind the Scenes at the Indo-American Arts Council’s (IAAC) Indian Dance Festival. The IAAC supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. Founded by Aroon Shivdasani.
Photographed at Pace University, New York, NY
Designer & Entrepreneur Brit Kleinman of Avo, a company that creates hand-dyed leather for interiors and accessories.
”Brit takes an anthropologic approach to design, studying how objects that surround us reflect the culture in which we live. From travels around the world to daily adventures, Brit gathers inspiration from the ingenious ways people find different solutions to similar problems. With AVO, she explores her love for process and working with her hands. She dives deep into materials by using age-old techniques with a modern lens to create patterns that reflect the world around her.” -Via AvoAvo.com
Photographed at the Designer’s Studio at The Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Jeweler Aaron Ruff of Digby & Iona.
A self-taught artist, Ruff creates hand-crafted jewelry inspired by history, nature, and literature. He specializes in both fine jewelry and bold, unique signet rings, bearing messages from the past. In this essay, his two rescued dogs and his wife Esther, (also a talented designer) are also pictured.
Photographed at the artist’s studio at The Invisible Dog Art Center, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Designer & Shopkeeper Michele Varian.
Varian’s eponymous store on Soho’s charming Howard Street, is a favorite among editors, designers and fashionable New Yorkers. Home decorative accessories, jewelry and handmade textiles designed by Varian, as well wares created by dozens of other independent designers, are displayed beautifully in her jewel-box like store. Varian’s creations, many of which are made locally, or in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan, are also sold at stores around the US, Canada and Europe.
Photographed at the Designer’s Home in Soho, NYC
Burlesque Dancer and Actress Hazel Honeysuckle.
Hazel Honeysuckle is an international burlesque starlet (also known as NYC’s “Delicate Flower”) who specializes in classic burlesque. While Hazel typically makes all of her own, elaborate costumes — beads, feathers and all — she also frequents vintage shops for inspiration. A low maintenance performer, she maximizes time by applying her makeup for performances while riding the NYC subway. Hazel currently resides and performs in Las Vegas, Nevada and around the world.
Photographed at Shareen Vintage and the MTA, New York, NY
Sister and brother team, Nicholas and Christopher Kunz of the high fashion label Nicholas K.
Based in Tribeca, Nicholas K has opened IMG Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week the past ten seasons. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 2009, Nicholas and Christopher are a part of the CFDA + Lexus Eco Initiative, championing conscious living, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility. — via NicholasK.com
Photographed during a lookbook shoot, at the atelier of Nicholas K, Tribeca, NYC
Photographs from a pro-bono project Kimberly shot to raise funds to support Sean Casey Animal Rescue’s work. Images featuring dogs that were rescued by the shelter were transformed into a 12-month, full-color calendar printed and sold to supporters.
Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR) is a community based organization and takes in over 2,000 animals per year, the most of any other private rescue in New York. SCAR has saved over 8,000 animals from the city’s Animal Care & Control (ACC) alone, since 1998.
To donate, or adopt an animal (Actor Tom Hardy found his dog here, so you might too!) visit www.NYAnimalRescue.org
Photographed throughout New York City.