The cooperation of talents between Bijoux Amelia's Cindy Johnson and artist Sarah Bash produces an interesting collection of wearable whimsical works of art.
Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is blessed with an oversized contingent of great musicians, writers and visual artists, not unusual for an island beach community. What is unusual however, is that this creative community is so multi-layered in technique, medium and commercial adaptability that all artists have outlets for their creative productions. One such mixed media artist is Sarah Bash, another bright face on Amelia Island’s Creative Palette.
Sarah Bash and her family moved to Fernandina Beach two years ago from St. Simons Island Georgia, where she had established herself as a juried artist and instructor at the Glynn Art Association.
Her love for art came at a young age, from the day she started learning to read and write but it wasn’t until after the birth of her daughter in 2006 that she took on the courage to follow her dream of becoming an artist as a full time career.
“One thing I wanted to teach my daughter is that if you want to pursue something you must give it your BEST and never give up. It was then that I decided to give illustrating children’s books a whirl. Moreover, I worked at networking through JacketFlap.com and other social marketing sites. In 2009, I published stories in a magazine that a fellow graphic designer and I created titled, Dream Chasers Magazine.”
Over the years Bash has diligently worked on developing a network of artists and authors around the globe, which among others resulted in a collaboration with Australia’s premier children book author J.R. Poulter, illustrating the title ‘At the Beach with Bucket & Spade’. Sarah’s whimsical, upbeat, colorful style had caught the publishing company’s eye, as they were producing stories for on the go parents via iPhone and iPad formats.
“As an artist I fell in love with Fernandina”, says Sarah Bash. “I always imagined living on the ocean and following my dream of painting and creating art that people would admire and appreciate. After an chapter of publishing and writing, I’ve decided to get back into painting and creating larger pieces of art, as well as wearable whimsical works of art.”
In that respect she was especially delighted to meet Cindy Johnson from Bijoux Amelia a while back, who she credits with a keen eye for design and couture. “Cindy motivates me to keep creating and painting. She has a deep appreciation of arts and fashion and inspires me to try creative expressions on fashion accessories such as tote bags, beach bags and beach towels.” In addition to some original artwork offered at this year’s the Shrimp Festival celebration, Sarah is excited to take her art to the next level and create more work such as murals for houses and businesses as well as larger commissioned canvas pieces.
Check out Sarah’s website at http://www.sarahbashillustrations.com