No stranger to Handmade, Sarah Barnett is a familiar face each market with her unique collection of repurposed vintage artworks and stationery. Twice Designs successfully combines that rare quality of vintage with a contemporary feel AND contemporary with a vintage feel. Sarah is always happy to chat about where she found her treasures and how she turned them into talking points.
Tell us about your business
I am unashamedly nostalgic and am passionate about the beauty of pre-computer age design and graphics. And over the years I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who delights in vintage paraphernalia. Twice Designs is about creating items that bring joy. It is a hybrid being – part vintage, part modern. The vintage element recontextualises items of incidental beauty – advertisements, maps, toys and game pieces into affordable art pieces. The modern side draws inspiration from vintage sensibilities and style and modern environmentally conscious printing techniques (vegetable inks, recycled paper stock) to create stationery and posters.
I do love to make people laugh, it’s part of being the youngest of four kids. My greeting cards are a little off beat and quirky but also utterly heartfelt, I get a little burst of joy every time I hear a chortle from my customers.
I also do a lot of sourcing of vintage goodies for people so if you’re after something quirky, old and unique, get in touch!
What’s the best thing about Handmade?
It’s too hard to narrow down what is best about Handmade. It’s a great experience to do a Handmade Market but so many things contribute to that; lovely customers, inspiring designers and a Handmade team who encourages and supports its designers. A lot of my work time is solitary so I love talking to people about fabulous old stuff! I must say I had the most delicious sausage roll I’ve ever had last time I was here.
What are you looking forward to most about your trip?
I venture down to Canberra four times a year with hubby, known affectionately as Mr Neat. It’s a work trip for sure but it’s great for us to catch up away from the kids, work alongside each other and enjoy a great meal out on the Saturday night. We drive down early on the Saturday and leave straight after on the Sunday afternoon but we try and stay somewhere funky as a treat. This time it’s the Burbury Hotel so a visit to Chairman and Yip will be in order!
What’s your best way to keep warm in Winter?
Snuggling up with the kids and a cuppa before diving into a great read. Also I have the world’s greatest slippers, Mahabis, that keep my feet toasty and stylish.
Can you describe your studio/place of work?
My little room is a built in veranda and so is somewhat chilly at the moment. It’s just off the main room so I can hear the family’s goings on while I work away. When I’m getting close to a market I do tend to take over the whole house. At the moment it’s fairly contained but I am surrounded by vintage maps, posters and scrabble tiles, kids’ artworks, folded cards and a long to do list