A Studio of Art Problem Solvers

We’re artists-for-hire. We believe any storefront, café, museum, hotel or wall at home can be artful and spark conversation. But we also believe in art having a dual purpose: it should add intrigue as well as solve problems.

We create transformative installations and spaces – whether in a home, business or public space. From tiny curiosities to grand environments, Sisal & Tow turns your vision into a bespoke, sensory experience that provides new perspective and evokes emotion. But beyond that, our art has addressed a multitude of challenges for our clients such as dividing spaces, absorbing sound, enhancing light or setting a tone.

Our unique skills allow us to create, preserve or re-appropriate whatever the project calls for. Whether your vision is a merely twinkle in your mind or written into a full business plan, our studio is equipped to consult on, create and produce virtually any artistic experience in any media.

Who We Are

Our studio is made up of a team of designers and fabricators, led by proprietor and creative director, Becca Barnet.

Becca’s work is driven by a fascination with natural history and preservation. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Illustration, she also attended the Missouri Taxidermy Institute where she fine-tuned her special knack and patience for taxidermy repair – from cleaning to complete mount renovations. She’s put her precision and passion for replicating textures and preserving animals into the creation of an array of museum displays.

Behind the core studio team is a small army of skilled and trusted craftsmen + women, recruited specifically for each project’s needs.

View the documentary short “Fishhooks” by Lunch and Recess featuring Becca Barnet.

View Becca’s Personal Site

becca barnet, photo by olivia rae james


As artists, we constantly reinvent ourselves to deliver each client’s unique vision. We consult, concept, design, fabricate and produce – anything from one installation to a whole space. Our capabilities include, but are not limited to the list on the right.

  • Detailed renderings
  • Models of all kinds
  • Custom taxidermy
  • Taxidermy repair
  • Mold-making and casting
  • Illustration/drawing
  • Puppet-making
  • Insect pinning/preserving
  • Replicating color & texture
  • Custom art installation
  • Faux-finishing
  • Habitats for live animals including fish
  • Silver soldering
  • Art consultation
  • Sculpting (specializing in natural history objects and animals)
  • Custom wallpaper and pattern designs

How We Work

An authentic, artful environment and experience deserves the time and care of a proper creative exploration. Here’s how we bring your vision to life.

Briefing– We begin our process with an introductory consultation. Our clients bring any plans and bits of inspiration the meeting. We don’t expect our clients to be familiar with a creative process, so there’s no need to prepare anything in particular. We will discuss your ideas, needs, budget and any technical requirements.

Planning + Development – Our team will present sketches and mood boards to you once we have agreed on a plan. As your artistic partner, we will require your faith in the creative process. While our goal is to accurately encapsulate your vision, we find the best experiences are created when small artistic details are left up to the studio.

Production – Depending on the scope of the project, we may fabricate pieces in the studio, require exclusive access to your space or some combination thereof. We will include specific needs in our proposal in regards to access, permits, and specially hired partners.

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