“Every day is different. Some days, I’m running around like a crazy chicken.”
Could be anyone.
“And then I have to come home and stuff a chicken.”
But it’s Becca Barnet.
The “chicken” in question is actually one of sixty taxidermy roosters she is preparing for a client. There are a few currently waiting in her freezer chest, alongside a frozen baby goat that she’s super excited about.
It’s not all taxidermy and farm animals--Becca’s art reaches every end of the spectrum from sketches and sculpture to restored furniture and signage--but there is an underlying appreciation of nature and a graceful attention to detail that is both precise and thoughtful in all that she does.
Becca is in the business of art. And sometimes it’s not pretty. Sometimes it’s rushing to the post office or scavenging for supplies. Or sometimes it’s altering fake plants with color and texture to create something so beautifully lifelike, you have to touch it to believe it didn’t grow in the dirt.
Her business, Sisal & Tow, is a full service fabrication studio. Translation: if you can dream it, Becca can build it.
“I execute the granular ideas; the granular details that people stick around for,” she explains.
It’s art, created specifically for your space. One day that’s a few stuffed fish for The Ordinary, the next it’s a wall covered in antique tools for a designer, a vintage sign for a new restaurant or scenery for The South Carolina Aquarium’s Madagascar exhibit. It’s her self-created job to make your dreams come true.
Inspired by textiles, inspired by the natural world, inspired by whatever space she is creating for, Becca finds her voice in every piece. “I’m always true to myself.”
Which is important as this is a one-woman-show. With the highest of standards for herself, she works seven days a week, often all hours. No outsourcing.
And right now, she needs to get back to work.
“These chickens aren’t going to stuff themselves.”
Words by: Carter Worrell Dandridge
Photography by: Sully Sullivan