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 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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November 17, 2022

Artisan Transforms Coins Into Unique Rings That Keep Memories Alive

Jewelry is a powerful way to remember loved ones we’ve lost. Susanne Phillips of Celtic Coin Craft is helping keep memories alive by transforming meaningful coins into jewelry. One of her latest creations is a ring that her client now wears to remember his dad. “I made a ring for someone who had recently lost their father,” Phillips tells My Modern Met.

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November 16, 2022

Best Friends Move In Together and Are Helping Raise Each Other’s Kids

There's more than one way to be a family. For some people, their friends are their family. These folks, though not related by blood, offer the same type of support that loved ones typically provide. Two best friends named Samantha Best and Lauren Robinson are putting this into practice. The 24-year-old and 26-year-old, respectively, moved in together with their young kids and live as platonic partners.

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November 15, 2022

Photographer Celebrates Rainbow Hummingbird Wings in Beautiful Bird Book [Interview]

A decade ago, Rio de Janeiro-based artist and photographer Christian Spencer made an amazing discovery. At certain sun-lit angles, hummingbird wings transform into tiny fluttering rainbows. They become prisms in the sky—a fact that Spencer only learned after seeing the creatures appear in his film The Dance of Time slowed down to 5% of its normal speed. The discovery launched Spencer into a series aptly called Winged Prisms.

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