Sarah Templin is not only my good friend and my co-worker at the American Visionary Art Museum (she has been the Registrar for the past eight years, taking good care of all the artwork!) but also a fashion/textile designer, screen-printer and inspring artist. I love having Sarah around because she is always pointing out beauty in the smallest things, the color combination of fruit in my lunch, the design found in leaves littering the ground or just some shadows. My eyes are always open a little wider and more in awe of everything around me when I’m with Sarah.
Sarah offered to give us a little preview of the textile design company she is getting started,: etsy site (named after the beautiful conjoined Indian twins, D Doodica and Radica). With Radica she hopes to create a place to showcase her block-printed and hand screen printed textiles. She often transforms these beautiful fabrics into fashion pieces and home apparel both of which will be available through Radica along with actual yardage of the fabric. Sarah has sold dresses at the local Baltimore shop, Double Dutchand has some pieces available on her etsy site as well.
It is kind of a joke at work that Sarah is always planning on making uniforms for all of us. Much of this comes from a slight obsession with the Bauhaus. She loves their outfits but also whole-heartedly believes in their theory that design can be applied to everything. Sarah doesn’t believe this translates to everything sleek, expensive and sporting a designer label—but rather to thoughtfully and creatively problem solving your way to a more enriched life.
When I asked Sarah about where she finds inspiration, she responded: “My friends are a huge inspiration since I have so many creative and clever people around me. Travel is an obvious one- who can’t go out of town and not feel their brain being replenished? I would also include: uniforms, plants, traditional clothing, old architectural details, Baltimore. Sarah’s next big project is costume design for the film Metal Gods which will be shot this summer in and around Baltimore. (Thank you, Sarah!)