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 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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November 21, 2022

Ukrainian Pastry Chef Creates Amazing Geometric Cakes and Shows You How To Make Them for Yourself

Angular and geodesic are unlikely words to describe pastries, but not if you’re Dinara Kasko. The Ukrainian pastry designer creates cakes that incorporate perfect undulating waves, uniform baubles, and mesmerizing gradients. The results are awe-inspiring and push the boundaries of what we think of as a dessert; they redefine the idea of food art. Kasko incorporates algorithmic tools and complex diagramming techniques to inform her work while also finding inspiration in the art of origami.

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November 19, 2022

52 of the Best Creative Gifts You Can Find on Etsy

One of our favorite places to look for creative gifts is Etsy. The online marketplace is full of amazing handcrafted items from makers around the world. No matter who you’re shopping for, you’re sure to find something they’ll love when you peruse categories related to home, clothing, pets, crafts, and beyond. Etsy is vast and has thousands of items to choose from.

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