Sara from Brown Paper Bag and I have been internet buddies for almost two years now. I had to do a quick dive into gmail archives to figure out when we first started corresponding- December 2010! With a penchant for all things paper and a loving commitment to her art community, Sara has built an incredible blog, Brown Paper Bag, featuring young artists whose work explore possibilities with paper, illustration, and more. Her Time Travel Tuesday posts are always inspiring and we have a great time digging up art history gems to share with our audiences.
The coolest part about Brown Paper Bag is that it extends past the boundaries of the internet, encouraging artist collaboration through her Collage Scrap Exchange and Art Together interview project. She has played a huge part in promoting the Baltimore art community and I’m so excited to see what she does after grad school. Stay tuned for some BIG THINGS x BPB BALTIMORE ACTION coming soon to the real world….!!! Thanks so much to Sara for doing the interview and being such an awesome InTeRnEt frI3nD! Go discover some awesome art over on Brown Paper Bag and let’s cheer her on through her last year of grad school!
Name: Sara Barnes
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Where are you right now? How’d you get there? I am currently in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. I made my way to Baltimore in 2004 to attend college and have been around ever since!
Where are you going? For the next year (at least), I’ll be in Baltimore finishing up graduate school. I’m going to be working on my thesis which will be a combination of curating, writing, and a bit of illustrating.
What will you be doing when you get there? When I finish up my MFA (at Maryland Institute College of Art), I’ll still continue to blog and support the culture in and around Baltimore. I’m hoping to eventually have my own space where I can show work and host other fun things!
Who/what/where was the inspiration that lead you in this direction? Various people on the interwebs (like you, Rebecca!), all the great DIY things in Baltimore, visiting and reading about interesting creative spaces around the country and world.
How are you feeling? Are you excited? Nervous? Terrified? Thrilled? It seems like a goal that is still far in the distance. So… ready to get started? I’m in school for Illustration Practice, and while most people in my program are illustrating, I’ll be writing and curating illustration. I’m happy that during my year of figuring out the next phase of my career, I’ll have the support of a cohort and wonderful faculty to guide me.
What kind of expectations do you have? I expect the last year of graduate school (my thesis year) to feel incredibly short and be very busy. Afterwards I expect to use my skills that I’ve acquired over the past couple of years to make my long-term goals a reality.
Are you scared of anything? Failing and going broke! Also change in general, but for the most part the big risks/changes made have worked out for the best.
What’s the worst thing that could happen? The best? The worst thing would be if I had to stop pursuing my creative endeavors. The best would be to have a job and career that is completely mine and I’m able to make a real living off of it.
What are you taking with you/leaving behind? I’ve been learning to leave behind the idea that there is some sort of “normal” way about doing things, and forging your own path.
What did your friends & family say when you told them? Friends and family have been supportive, as always. I’m forever grateful to my parents to giving me the means to follow my ~*dreams*~