Category: Sisal-and-tow



do what makes you cry (sometimes)

“at the borghese museum, bernini made me cry. i wonder how many dead men can make a girl tingle, then shed tears. daphne and apollo, he made at age 24. the rape of persephone is tragically beautiful and absolutely flawless from every angle.” – me in 2007

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I recently read some silly internet article about a little boy who was so completely obsessed with garbage trucks, he would wait for them to come every week and freak out. On his birthday his parents asked the garbage men to stop and talk to him, and show him the truck and he freaks out so much he’s sobbing. He can’t even handle meeting them because he’s so overwhelmed with love and excitement and, well… obsession I guess. This photo is priceless.


I’m not saying making art every day makes me freak out like that. Sometimes I still get a tingly feeling where I feel like my arms might fall off or fly away. Nowadays I get pretty caught up in running my business and scheduling things and multi-tasking and sometimes it’s hard to remember why I’m trying to make things and manage projects at the same time. Somehow, it gets done. I guess what I’m saying is, when I look back on why or how I got here, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

My advice to you: find what makes you tingly, find what makes your eyes well up, and try it. If you screw up, keep trying it until someone believes you can do it and hands you some responsibility surrounding it. Then do it again until somebody hands you a small check. Then do it again until people need you to do it, because they see your light and how hard it is to put out.



Rufous, The Stuff of Life

Rufous: the Stuff of Life was a huge success- a huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone who came out to support us!


Things that are exciting, and happening now are:

-Custom Cloches and Taxidermy for the Spectator Hotel


-Set design and fabrication for a local film company… another collaboration with Finkelstein’s Center!

-Custom Wallpaper for a new hotel (more info later!)


-Custom wedding invitations… the beginning!


-And perhaps a major renovation for a local museum (more info later, too!)



Valentine’s Day! Temporary Tattoos!

A lot going on here at Sisal & Tow…

Getting ready for RUFOUS: THE STUFF OF LIFE!

Michelle and I are working around the clock to bring you a super cool show. Please join us for the opening… 2.12.15 (That’s a THURSDAY!) from 6:30-9pm. Michelle and I are giving a little talk at 6 if you can make it. We might be sweaty and nervous but we promise we won’t be horrible.

Here’s a great little article by Elizabeth Bowers about the show. 

Here’s a link to the Facebook page for easy sharing!

In the world of fabrication, I’m working on an installation for the Cigar Factory, a lot of taxidermy repair work, (finally) articulating a bulldog skeleton, and there’s some really exciting possibilities for a new mural for a hotel in the future. More on that later.

Also, there’s a valentine’s day sale at if you use code SPREADTHELOVE you get 10% off your order, plus use code LOCAL for pickup option. We have temporary tattoos in the site, and Olivia Rae James took a bunch of awesome photos for the lookbook. See below!

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Raven and I are modeling!




Here’s a flag I made for my internet Friend, OLD ACHE.


I am happy to say that we have a big JOB for Benefitfocus in January, which will include large sculptural partition walls for their latest building on Daniel Island.

Additionally, I can now officially announce that “RUFOUS: the stuff of life” will open on February 12th at Redux Contemporary Art Center. It is a duo art show featuring Michelle Jewell and Becca Barnet (that’s me!) and we are making ALL NEW WORK. So that’s on the roster as well.


I just spent some time in New Orleans, and was totally inspired by the French Architecture, the liveliness of the people, and the music! The lapidary gems and mineral store was my favorite part I think. I got a lot of crystals, my favorite is black tourmaline.


I am having a sale in the online shop, use the code SISAL at checkout for free shipping, and use the code TOW for $5.00 off your purchase of 2 or more items! webdeer

Also, here’s Bruce inside my bag when I got back from all this traveling.


Here’s what Spartanburg looked like for the five seconds I was home for Thanksgiving!  IMG_3508



Temp Tats

I’m planning to make temporary tattoos for the big cartel site. I’m currently trying to woo Tattly into working with me, but if that doesn’t work I’ll get them to you somehow. TEMP TATS TOwebtats THE PEOPLE.

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