Now I can see
The art from Burnt Barn Studio is food for the eyes. Often featuring vibrant hues and striking images, pieces range from functional to decorative and are created in Hudson Valley New York by mother and daughter team, Betsy Gorman and Anita Bernardi. Our stationery features eye-catching, vintage photographs with lively illustrations and ponderous thoughts.
WELCOME TO BURNT BARN STUDIO!
Our shop name takes inspiration from a 17th century Japanese poet and samurai. After watching his barn burn to the ground Mizuta Masahide wrote the haiku, "Barn's burnt down, now I can see the moon." It reminds us that with every challenge, every transition or setback there are opportunities and glimmers of divine grace. And, within every discarded or abandoned door, photo or fragment of crown molding lies a storied canvass, itself a symbol of strength, resilience and optimism. We love the synchronicity in that.
Our medium of choice is architectural elements, vintage photographs and caches of all things lovingly worn by time and use. We are proud to partner with area carpenters and historians who share our passion for infusing new life into the lasting vestiges of a bygone era. Together we are caretakers of the past.
We deconstruct, then we reconstruct, our challenge always being to see beyond disparate parts to create a new whole that looks like it always existed. An eclectic collection of images adorn our designs, each one different, each one hand crafted in the bucolic realm of our Hudson Valley, New York studio.
Our work inspires you to challenge your assumptions of permanence, look carefully at the world around you and discover charm in unusual places. Respect what our foregoers have gifted us and find the beauty in our shared past.