We’re hugely fortunate to have two incredibly unique, custom RVA designs from Sarah Barton. Sarah brings an amazing range of styles to her work. Sarah made the big jump to start doing what she loves (making great art) full time as we started our project. We’re glad to play a small part in supporting her new business during the jump! According to Sarah, her first LocalWear design “RVA Connection” reflects Richmond’s “small world vibe” where “anywhere you go, you’ll meet new people, but there’s usually someone you know there as well.” She describes her second LocalWear design, “RVA Flow” as “an abstract design influenced by the rushing water of the James River.” We love them and we hope you do too.
See below for our Q&A with Sarah…
Sarah’s Shirt Designs
Our Q&A with Sarah
Thanks for talking with us Sarah!
So how did you get into design?
I was always making things growing up. I remember my mom had a well-stocked supply of paints, paper and tons of other fun stuff to add to my creations. In seventh grade, I was enrolled in a computer arts class and had the chance to listen to a graphic designer during career day. She told us that she collaborated with celebrities and worked at home in her pajamas all day — I was hooked! I took a few more graphic design and art classes in high school and college (including subjects like photography, ceramics and watercolor), and graduated from Radford University in 2012 with a BFA in art, concentration in graphic design. I have over six years of professional experience and I still love doing anything creative.
And what are your ties to Richmond?
I was born in Richmond and raised in a small town called Montpelier, located in western Hanover County. Growing up in the quiet, peaceful country made me really dislike the loud, crowded city. But the city has grown on me so much thanks to its booming cultural scene: food, music, art — the list goes on…
what is it you love about Richmond?
Richmond is the perfect size, both in terms of population and getting around. I love its culture and charm, and I especially appreciate how supportive the arts community is.
So why take on this project with LocalWear?
I really like the platform that LocalWear has developed. I appreciate the creative freedom artists are allowed and I’m thankful for the attribution and publicity surrounding our work.
What inspired your LocalWear designs?
The general direction for both designs was to create interesting “RVA” letterforms. The designs started out with a small doodle, which I then expanded on the computer by adding more detail and dimension.
“Connection” is a fun design reflecting Richmond’s small world vibe. Anywhere you go, you’ll meet new people, but there’s usually someone you know there as well.
“Flow” is more abstract and influenced by the rushing water of one of the city’s defining landmarks: the James River.
tell me about your day job…
Having pursued my passion on the side for many years, I recently transitioned from a full-time job to making art for a living. I previously worked at a local magazine for a little over five years, but now I’m making a living doing what I love!
And what do you specialize in?
I specialize in typography, specifically hand lettering. My work spans a range of styles, from hand drawn and vintage to vectorized and modern.
Lastly, how can people find you online?
www.sarahbartondesign.com and on both Twitter and Instagram @bartonington
I welcome any opportunities that allow me to flex my creative muscles.
Any parting inspiration for anyone just starting out?
Two things: 1. Don’t discount your talent because you’re just starting out—there will always be people out there who will admire (and buy!) your work. 2. Don’t think so highly of your talent that you stop growing and developing your skills—never stop learning.
Thank you, Sarah!