I'm back for the first new episode of 2020 with an amazing interview!
Sarah Potter is a lecturer, curator, practitioner of colour magick, and a tarot card reader. She's been all over the witch-ternet (sorry my bad) lately, featured in Architectural Digest, Dazed magazine, InStyle magazine and Teen Vogue. Colour magick is an occult modality of using the energy and associations of specific colours to boost your intention and manifest desired outcomes.
When we started discussing her personal style, the descriptor of mob boss combined with mob wife came up; and it's pretty much perfect to describe Sarah's style which is a wonderful, colourful blend of grooming and swagger.
“I love over the top; a more is more aesthetic.”
We had a great conversation that went off in fun directions--from discussing tarot, how your style DNA gets imprinted in childhood, and how toxic masculinity affects all genders. Oh and cats, obvi.
"I absolutely believe we develop our aesthetic and visual language in childhood’
Her influences include:
-the 1990s -- growing up in New Jersey, she perfected cat eyeliner and had acrylic nails at age 12! Adorable!
-The hand stitched applique clothing by Rosecut especially their tarot suit.
-Pantone's new Colour of 2020: Classic Blue, which Sarah sees as a call for clarity, focus and thoughtful communication in 2020
One thing I love about Sarah, is you'll notice if you follow her social media (@IAmSarahPotter on IG)--you'll notice she a big practitioner of shine magick too--she constantly talks about her contemporaries and hypes other creators work, which I love!
Among her favourite things are her signature jewelry (see photo!)--designed by Plutonia Blue-- on IG @plutoniablue.
Film that inspires Sarah:
The Love Witch (2016) - Anna Biller's genius note perfect reproduction of a 60s film exposes the dark side of where love magick can go very, very wrong in the hands of a witch who forgets the three fold law! It's just stunning and amazing and fun too. This is one of the few films in my life that I've sough out to watch repeatedly.
Marie Antoinette (2006) - Sofia Coppola's opus about the french queen featuring Kirsten Dunst and new wave/electronica music, and is a pastel macaron coloured fantasia!
Sarah's book recommendations:
Waking the Witch by Pam Grossman (2019)
Cat Call by Kristen Sollee
An Atlas of Rare & Familiar Colour: The Harvard Art Museums' Forbes Pigment Collection (2019)
Modern Tarot by Michele Tea (2017)
Initiated by Amanda Yates Garcia (2019)
She mentioned her book club is reading a book about the science of love too!
Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love by Helen Fisher (2004)
She also had a music recommendation: Doja Cat's new album Hot Pink. She specifically mentioned the video for Juicy.
And of course, she shouted out a favourite podcast, The Witch Wave hosted by Pam Grossman.
Sarah had this to say about 'Instagram witches'--oft maligned for a perception of preferring style to substance:
"I think witchcraft has always appealed to outsiders, people who have been maligned, and people can be protective of that…but if the aesthetics are what draws you in, why are we fighting that?"
Why indeed? Thanks Sarah for a wonderful conversation. I can't wait to see what 2020 brings for you! Blessed be :)