Posts by Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

November 30, 2022

Why You Never See Wednesday Addams Blinking in the “Wednesday” Netflix Show

The Netflix show Wednesday is getting a lot of buzz, particularly about its lead actor, Jenna Ortega. She plays the titular role of Wednesday Addams and has totally transformed herself into the iconic, stone-faced character. One feature that fans have picked up on is that Wednesday doesn’t blink—a choice that was intentional by Ortega and director Tim Burton. Burton and Ortega wanted to convey a deadpan look from Wednesday, and her mannerisms helped achieve it.

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November 29, 2022

Artist Uses His Own Blood to Create Frozen Self Portrait Sculptures of His Head

Like many artists, Marc Quinn explores the notion of self through portraiture. But his self-portraiture offers an unexpected—and squeamish—twist to the genre. In his 1991 sculpture titled Self, he began to use his body as raw material for the piece. He made a cast of his own head and filled it with 10 pints of his blood immersed in frozen silicone. To keep the piece in a solid state, its temperature is maintained at -0.

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November 25, 2022

Best of 2022: 50 of the Most Creative Products Everyone Wanted This Year

As 2022 comes to an end, it’s always fun to look back on where the year has taken us. One way to get a sense of the prevailing trends is to see what products everyone wanted over the past 365 days. From artsy McDonald’s Happy Meal toys to Target-brand birds that are TikTok sensations, there’s a lot that we loved this year. Collaborations represented some of the most sought-after products in 2022.

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November 22, 2022

World Cup Broadcaster Wears ‘One Love’ Armband in Solidarity With LGBTQ+ Community

A BBC sports broadcaster is showing solidarity with LGBTQ+ people during 2022 World Cup coverage in Qatar, a place where same-sex relationships are illegal. Alex Scott, a former soccer player for Arsenal in the Women's Super League and the England national team, wore a rainbow One Love anti-discrimination armband as she was on location for the sporting event.

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