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.

October 15, 2021

Amazing Tattoos Look Just Like Holographic Stickers Stuck to Skin

When is a sticker not a sticker? When it’s a tattoo! Tattoo artist Clayton Dias will make you do a double-take with his holographic-inspired designs. He creates body art that has the metallic shimmer of a real sticker, complete with the vertical highlights and rainbow array of colors as it captures the light. Sometimes, it appears as though the tattoo is peeling from the skin which only adds to the amazing illusions within Dias’ work.

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October 12, 2021

Crafter Crochets “Fiber Rich” Foods That Celebrate the Pastabilities of Yarn

Swapping starch for stitches, crafter Normalynn Ablao (aka Copacetic Crocheter) crochets foods typically rich in carbs. Pasta, pie crusts, and cinnamon rolls have all been recreated using yarn. The soft sculptural techniques perfectly convey the idiosyncrasies of the foodstuffs, like the tiny bowties of farfalle pasta or the crimped edges of a potpie. The pieces are charming in their scale while paying homage to comforting meals.

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October 7, 2021

Celebrate the Winner of Fat Bear Week, a Chubby Champ Who Packed on the Pounds

Every year, a bevy of bears unknowingly compete in Fat Bear Week, a competition that pits them pound-for-pound to see who can win the hearts and minds of the internet. And, as the name suggests, also gain a substantial amount of weight in a short time. A bear named 480 Otis was crowned the winner of the 2021 tournament after earning a lot of support from people online.

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October 5, 2021

How to Customize Your Favorite Cap by Decorating It With Embroidery

Baseball caps will always be in style. Maybe you’re rooting for a sports team, or maybe you just like how they look. But if they're feeling a little flat for you, you're in luck; there’s a crafty trend that is reimagining these everyday caps. Embroidery—particularly flowers—are adorning cotton baseball caps and offering some stitchy flair to the accessory.

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