Who are you and what do you design?

My name is Sara, I go by S.E., and I design thoughts and feelings into words. I'm working on a collaborative visual art and poetry book with some local female artists. We have also worked on some prints together which are a combination of our passions.


Tell us about your journey as an artist.

It's been an unconventional one. I always admired people who knew what they wanted to do and did that one thing so well. The artists, creatives, and free-spirits. But I never knew what or how I fit in. I've tried tons of different things and never felt like it was ever exactly what I was supposed to be doing. There's always been something missing. After I had my daughter, it was a pretty intense near-death experience and between that and new motherhood, a lot shifted for me in a short amount of time. I had a successful business, a failed one and then out of fear I tried to do jobs that were the farthest thing from what I really needed to be doing. It took a bit of failure and self-belief to pick myself up and I'm now working with select clients copywriting and working within the areas of digital and media marketing. Although I'm so grateful to be doing what I do now, I needed an outlet. I started writing one day. All of a sudden there were just pages and pages pouring out and it never stopped from there. I took writing classes at University but never pursued it from pressures to get a "real job". It's pretty funny how things come back around and that that was what truly lit me up all along. Self-expression through movement has also been a huge help in releasing and healing. It's a big part of my Roots In The Tide project and so the combination between visual and written just made sense to me. As someone who is very shy and has often felt frustration and difficulty in self-expression, this process has been very vulnerable and eye-opening. But I know it's where I'm going to push further as an artist, human, and mother.

Wild - Cristina Gareau x S.E. Bartlett.jpg
Wisdom - Cristina Gareau x S.E. Bartlett.jpg

If you could choose one word to describe your collection what would it be?


Where do you find your inspiration?

It comes from everywhere. It could be from something mundane like doing the dishes to an amazing creative gathering or shoot, from something sparked by past experience or future hopes. More often though there's definitely a sweet spot for ideas while driving.


Have you taken any risks to land where you are now?

I can't say I've been afraid of taking risks but stability, failure, and vulnerability come to mind in working towards supporting myself as a creative. Certainly with this project as it's deeply personal and vulnerable to put out there.

Is there a designer or brand with whom you’d love to collaborate?

There's definitely a list going just depending on what aspect of the project, but I absolutely love @lalanana7 and a big dream goal is to work with her one day.

Dreamweaver - Cristina Gareau x S.E. Bartlett.jpg

Looking ahead, what do you hope to accomplish?

I hope to be able to share my story, connect with others and publish the poetry book (Roots in The Tide). From there it's just to continue to share and express myself through movement, images, and words in whatever form those take.

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