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.

July 1, 2022

WWII Brides Wore Wedding Dresses Made From Their Fiancé’s Parachutes

Wedding dresses are themselves meaningful, but there are some gowns that are imbued with multiple forms of symbolism. For Ruth Hensinger, her wedding dress not only represented her marital union with her soulmate, but it was also a reminder of her husband escaping the clutches of death and allowing them to be together. How? Well, the dress is actually made from the parachute that saved her husband’s life during World War II.

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June 30, 2022

Architectural ‘Vanishing House’ Installation Provides a Place of Peaceful Memory

The installation called The Vanished House exists as almost a specter on the grass. The structure is made of a weathered metal that looks like delicate ivy as it twists up the walls and roof, leaving some areas partially formed while others not at all. Designed by Field Conforming Studio, the piece was set in a tranquil cemetery of Wuhan Shimenfeng Memorial Park in Wuhan, China.

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June 28, 2022

Incredible Architectural Illustrations Celebrate the Immense Beauty of Historic Façades

Architecture is one of the most meticulous things that you can sketch. Combining elements of scale, perspective, and fine details, it's a challenging subject matter. But not for artist Demi Lang, it seems. On the surface, she makes drawing buildings appear effortless with her incredible mixed-media illustrations using ink, pens, and pencils. The exquisite images showcase a variety of architecture rendered with fine lines and the beautiful features of various building styles.

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June 22, 2022

15 Backyard Games That Will Provide Hours of Outdoor Fun This Summer

One of the great joys of summer is spending time in the backyard (or a park), enjoying the warm weather and the company of others. Adding to this cherished time of year are the games that can be played outside. These types of activities are geared toward groups and simple enough for everyone to learn—but generally impossible to master, making it anyone’s game to win.

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