I’m so excited to introduce you to Becca Barnet of Sisal and Tow! She is a maker of “natural-history inspired curiosities.” As quoted from her website, be it “intricate drawings to delicate sculptures, Becca Barnet’s artwork explores why humans have the tendency to try to hold on to the fleeting corporeal.”
I just recently had the pleasure of meeting her as she inhabited the temporary Pretend Store here in Charleston SC for a couple of days during the November installment that was designed by San Francisco based interior design firm, studio o+a.
What defines “Real Beauty” for you?
Real Beauty is Nature! Patterns, textures, imperfections, erosion, freckles, mistakes.
What makes you “beautiful”?
I’m pretty patient, but also can be irrationally emotional. A classic Gemini. I guess my most frustrating attributes are pretty beautiful, I wouldn’t change them for anything!
What do you “think” your flaws are?
I can’t see the forest for the trees! I am detail oriented to a fault, so sometimes I miss the bigger picture. I’m terribly hard on myself.
What do people love about you?
I’m not completely sure, but I think people like my energy. I’m pretty willing to try new things, I laugh a lot, and I’m a weirdo. I think I sometimes I scare people so they want to know more.
How do you PLAY?
I play every day, I love doing what I do. I get a lot of joy out of making something random from found objects, preserving animals, lining up leaves in color order. I like talking to my plants, playing with my dog, re-arranging my house, or taking everything out of my tool box and putting it all back inside in an orderly way.
Share something about yourself.
My most favorite thing in life other than making art is watching my little brothers grow up and become amazing people. Will is on my mind because he just turned 24, is pursuing acting in NYC and was just written up in the New York Times. He used to have a hearing/speech problem and would bite us if he was frustrated. Now he’s articulate, a genius, a Shakespeare monologue-reader, an actor extraordinaire.
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