Julia Garrison of the Sarah Elizabeth Shop in Rockport recently updated the shop’s interior and displays. I love the way the black storage/display pieces complement the antique acorn press. Check it out at 10 Whistlestop Mall in Rockport. And if you can’t make it to Rockport, you can see Julia’s line at www.sarah-elizabeth-shop.com. By the way, the shop’s previous owner was the very talented Isabel Natti. Joey did an interview with her before she passed away, which you can find through this link.
Check them out at the Sarah Elizabeth Shop- www.Sarah-Elizabeth-Shop.com
View my interviews and pictures from the Sarah elizabeth Shop with the Late Isabel Natti in the links below
Video Interview, Part II, Part III, More
Isabel Natti in the doorway of The Sara Elizabeth Shop where she been created for decades.
I’m not sure how to express how fortunate I feel to have been able to capture the interviews with Isabel and document so much of what it is that makes our community special.
These videos belong in an archive somewhere.
Video 1- Isabel Natti At The Sara Elizabeth Shop
Video 2- Isabel Natti At The Sara Elizabeth Shop Part II
Video 3 Isabel Natti at The Sara Elizabeth Shop Part III
Isabel Natti Squid Factory Print At The Sara Elizabeth Shop
Isabel Natti Cape Ann Postcard At Alexandra’s Bread
Here’s Isabel Natti in the doorway of The Sara Elizabeth Shop where she’s been creating for decades. Part III of our interview will be posted at 9:00AM with a demonstration of the Acorn Press.
Isabel Natti’s Herring Factory Print is incredible on many different levels. One is that it is visually gorgeous, but what the casual observer may not understand is how much detail and how accurate the entire scene is to how we actually did things back in the day. Isabel worked for Wally Maggot, a guy who rented a pier that no longer exists on our property. They did the same type of whiting, squid and herring packing that my Grandfather Captain Joe, and Father and Uncle’s company did.
If you look at the photo up in the top right corner she tells the entire story starting with the two pair trawlers catching the herring.
Next in the middle, the boats are offloading at the dock where the herring get weighed and go up a conveyor into the pen room. From the pen room they would travel down on conveyors down the packing lines where they would get packed into 45 pound cases. Then they would get covered, weighed and then placed on big freezer racks. Next along you can see the person making up the boxes on the same box stapling machine that we used where you would press down with your foot on the pedal and it would swing the arm to staple the corners of the cardboard boxes. Lastly they get loaded on the truck to head off to the freezer.
I can’t believe she captured the entire scene in one frame. It is all there- the story of many many people’s day on Gloucester Harbor. I can see it all and it will live on through her work even though the piers have long fallen into the ocean.
Part II of our interview will be posted at 9:00AM
These lobster placemats can be purchased at The Sara Elizabeth Shop where Isabel Natti hand presses them with the Acorn Press. Part II of our interview with Isabel Natti will be up at 9:00AM
Here is the Acorn Press still used today at the Sara Elizabeth Shop at The Whistlestop Mall in Rockport. Part one of my interview with Isabel Natti who maintains this tradition will run today at 9:00AM.
Sara Elizabeth prints available at Alexandra’s Bread. Check Out The Acorn Press that the Folly Cove Designers use to press these by clicking the highlighted text.