Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Sarah Lugg

Not that long ago, in World War II baby years, an artist named Sarah Lugg dominated the imaginations of aspiring collage makers and savers of small, meaningful and found objects.  Her work was shown from the cover of Victoria magazine to the card racks of better stationery stores.  There were books, calendars (more than one, I think), articles, prints.  Now, in the age of way too much information, her whereabouts seem to be unknown. 

Probably best known for her collaged shipping tags, a look at sample work demonstrates the influence she had on today's journalers and mixed media artists as found in the pages of multiple Stampington Publications.

I thought of Sarah's art the other day, had to call a friend to help me remember her name (I being the World War II baby) and hoped she was even now pursuing her passion with vigor, gusto.  It seems not, but her books can still be found at Amazon and likely other places.

Thank you, Sarah, for sharing your beauty and vision with us and for any and all forms in which your art may still be appreciated.


susan t. landry said...

thank you--i never heard of her! you are always a bottomless pool of refreshing discovery, dear friend!

Erin in Morro Bay said...

I have always loved Sarah's art. She was an inspiration to all us back in the day, and her work is just as fresh today.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Susan - And thank you. I always hoped the endless storing of this bit of information or that would serve some purpose. If only retrieval wasn't sometimes so challenging. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Erin - The huge question is where has she gone? Her influence is everywhere in our particular sphere and yes, still just as fresh. xo

Barbara said...

I've wondered about her often as well. I've saved that same Victoria magazine, have some gift wrap and maybe even gift cards with her design on them. Her tag art was very inspiring. Going off now to search for some of it. Has she really slipped into obscurity, I hope not.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Barbara - Once I started the search, I did order a book that I didn't have, Amazon to the rescue, and I treasure in particular calendar pages, not sure if the Victoria is still around. I thought it interesting, perhaps unusual, that there was no current info, for she must have a whopping fan base, even if she's not doing her art. Thank you for commenting. xo

Sfc said...

Hi, thank you for this. I also have been searching for more details on Sarah. I still have her
2002 calender and wish I had more. I hope these notes of praise reach her.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Sfc - Hello, thank you for commenting. It seems unlikely - yet true - that an artist who was so high profile just vanished. I still have some notecards (or did I already mention that?) An entire calendar would be a treasure. xo

Baby Henry's Mom said...

I have a framed print of hers on the wall beside my bed. It's sea shells on tags. I often look at it, and then Google her to see if she is still making art. I first learned of her in Victoria magazine as well.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Baby Henry's Mom - Her work is so distinctive, so timeless. If you ever Google and find that she is actively creating art, will you please come back and let us know? Thank you. xo

Alan And Anni Smalldon said...

I have for sale 4 of Sarah's prints if anyo e is interested

Marylinn Kelly said...

Alan and Anni Smalldon - Thank you. Could you share more details or give contact information?

Unknown said...

I wanted to offer for sale three of the framed prints "PEACE", "LOVE" and "JOY" of this tag-lady ;-) and googled for some biography etc. I could use for the sale presentation. And I came across this blog... Wow! What a great source of information - I shall follow your publications from now on!

As far as the prints are concerned, they are for sale. If you are interested, please, contact me by e-mail: elena.eastwest@gmail.com and I shall send you the pictures.

Best regards,


Marylinn Kelly said...

Elena - Thank you for your comment and information about the Sarah Lugg prints. I hope other readers may see your offer - do you have a shop or ebay location? It seems those would be better links and locations for anyone seeking prints to find you. My best to you as well, Marylinn

valerie fanarjian said...


i have an original sarah lugg for sale. it is not a print, and i m trying to lighten my load of art, so it is for sale.
i do need help figuring out how much to sell it for, and if you know someone who may want it
i d galdy give you a finders fee.
thank you for any and all help