5 Types of New York Women illustrated as Mindmaps

Fashion, Illustration
As a collaboration with StyleCaster Creators, I created 5 mindmaps that illustrated types of New York Women. The link to the article is here
This project was born from the desire to combine my interests in illustrating, fashion, collecting, mapping, and the city.
Mind mapping is a tool I use to brainstorm, clarify ideas and deconstruct concepts. I was introduced to the process in a Fine Arts portfolio class and love using the method.
This map series is based on 5 types of girls you see in New York City. I started my maps by building a database of words associated with each type, basing these descriptors on interpretations and observations from my life and pop culture. This was time consuming – it was almost like writing a novel; I had to imagine all aspects of the character; Where does she Brunch? What kind of guy does she like?. I ended up with over 50 descriptors for each girl. After organizing the collection of words, I built the webs on huge poster sheets and illustrated the objects that I felt best represented the girl. I thought couches and shoes seemed to especially personify the girls. You see a Manolo BB Pump and you think “uptown” or “socialite”. You see a grandma couch and you think “hipster”. That’s what I was trying to evoke with the images- getting to the essence of the girl.
Basic_mindmap Blogger_mindmap Feminist_mindmap Hipster_mindmap Socialite_mindmap

Making Shapes


I have spent the past 3 weeks composing these next images. They all evolve some way around my mind map and the connections found within it. The images that I found either similar in subject matter, medium, etc., I tried to place accordingly so the images would flow.

identity pattern in fashion

pattern, ironic lack of identity, shapes – sharpie

1990's fashion girls

90’s fashion, repetition, ironic lack of identity – graphite

backstage at a show, fashion patterns

fashion, vogue lifestyle, nyc life – sharpie

romantic portraiture

my sister, stripes, fashion – sharpie

Chateau Marmont

Sofia Coppola, Vogue Lifestyle, aesthetic – chalk pastel


repetition, Graphic Design, consumerism – sharpie

Model shapes

abstraction, repetition, fashion – chalk pastel


shapes, abstraction, pattern – sharpie

lipstick form on wood

shapes, legacy, Möbius strip – lipstick, sharpie, colored pencil on wood

sharpie marie

history, superficiality, Sofia Coppola – sharpie

sharpie lizzy

my sister, aesthetic, insight – sharpie

lipstick portrait
aesthetic, learning, catalyst – lipstick
amorphous warhol
Warhol, ironic lack of identity, superficiality, sarcasm – collage
fashion, legacy, monotony – chalk pastel
propaganda lizzy
history, my sister, minimalist – sharpie
cake on a platter
Creepy, shapes, history – chalk pastel
lip print
strange, grunge, wit – lipstick, sharpie
puke bag
sarcasm, flying in planes, discomfort – sharpie on airplane waste bag
at a show

pattern, glamour, superficiality – sharpie

mass transit, people, marc jacobs – sharpie on MJ catalog
NYC is the new HELL
my dad, nyc lifestyle, sarcasm – chalk pastel
sexual, 90’s fashion, shapes – chalk pastel
Sofia Coppola, sexual, stripes – chalk pastel
MJ panties
marc jacobs, sexual, strange – sharpie on Marc Jacobs catalog
MJ panties 2
sexual, nyc lifestyle, identity – sharpie on Marc Jacobs catalog