Sara Barnes is the brainchild behind Brown Paper Bag, an illustrative art blog that we’ve paired up with to bring you the Collage Scrap Exchange Contest! Sara’s curated images appear in her blog in many forms and they are nothing short of interesting, whimsical, and beautiful.
Most recently, Sara’s blog featured Sabine Timm’s personification of intimate objects.
We interviewed Sara to talk to her about her muses, her inspirations, and last but not least, her art blog!
Tell us a bit about yourself! Where do you live, what is your background, and what is your training in art and illustration?
I live in Baltimore, Maryland, USA – also known as “Charm City” or “the place where The Wire was filmed.” My background is in illustration; I went to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for both my undergrad and graduate degrees, Illustration and Illustration Practice, respectively. In undergrad, I learned how to read and interpret text visually (how to think like an illustrator, basically), while my years in graduate school were focused on curating and writing about other people’s illustrations. I also took classes in writing and web design, which is very helpful with what I’m doing now.
Brown Paper Bag is such a great illustrative art blog, full of inspiration for artists from all disciplines. What inspired you to create this blog?
Since 2003/2004ish (at least!), I’ve had a blog. It started with Live Journal, then Blogger, and finally WordPress. Several years ago, I wanted to create a blog that wasn’t exactly personal, but still reflected my taste, visual interests, and educational background. So, Brown Paper Bag was born! The content I feature has shifted over time, but I think that’s what’s so great about blogging – you get to see that change happening and reflect on why.
What do you look for when you are selecting artists to feature?
I tend to feature emerging artists and illustrators, or those that have been around for several years and have found some success. Other than that, I feel like I go through stages of things that catch my eye. Sometimes, I’ll be into all floral illustrations or odd ceramic pieces. One week, I’ll notice that I’ve posted a lot of things that are purple! But generally, I look for things that are handmade, clever, colorful, and seem to tell a story (even if it’s an abstract one).
4) What inspires you the most? What excites you the most?
Clever, cute, and strange! A good example of this is Rami Kim’s
”floating” head ceramic bowls. The hand formed and painted pieces are gorgeous to look at, totally unique, and a little creepy! I saw them and knew immediately that I must feature them on Brown Paper Bag.
5) What interests you most about collage? What makes it so appealing to you and why did you choose it as the focal point of your contest?
I like the general concept of collage – taking different (sometimes disparate) elements and visually creating new relationships with them. It’s less overwhelming for me, and more forgiving than a painting or ink drawing. It can also incorporate drawing if you want; there’s a lot of freedom. Collage is also interdisciplinary, which was a focal point of my education.
I actually traded scraps with one of my friends and fellow collage artists, Steven Riddle
a few years ago, and found that it was a lot of fun to work with someone else’s materials. So, I thought this would be great for others to try and potentially win an awesome prize pack!
We’ve gone collage-crazy this month and paired up with the fantastic illustrative art blog
Brown Paper Bag to bring you a super fun art contest: the Collage Scrap Exchange!
If you haven’t signed up for the contest yet, hop to it!
Sign up closes on November 15.
Win a fantastic prize pack of a $250 value that includes a chance to be published in Papirmass
plus so much more!!
Click here to get more info!