Mary Becker is a designer and mixed media artist with a focus on assemblage. Her recent series, ‘Please To Take Your Shoes Off’ is a miniature world of parades, villages of shoe houses, wagons, and forest beds. Becker's artistic process begins with an inspired image or theme, and then moves into the serious, wonderful work of moving that imaginative spark into the material world.
Unapologetically lush, tactile, and many layered, Becker uses antique and vintage textiles, jewelry, china, milagros, bits, pieces, and magpie collections from many cultures in her assemblages. Fragments of handwork from weavers, lace makers, jewelers, painters, quilters, and embroiderers layer her works, and her pleasure in touching and editing their work into her own gives a sense of the generations of artists before who have always made beautiful things.
Becker has done professional design work for Disney, Jim Henson, Hasbro, Charles Shultz, Wicked Cool Toys, and Alchemy II. Her work in this arena includes product design for talking toys, walk-around costume characters, children’s audio and book productions, and line extension for Intellectual Properties including Mickey Mouse, The Muppets, Talking Mother Goose, Snoopy, and Teddy Ruxpin. As well, she was seminal to the creation of Teddy Ruxpin and served as president of Alchemy II for 11 years.
Additionally, she has designed kits for Bucilla and Paragon Embroidery Companies. Her ecclesiastical embroideries, created for ministers and churches, were featured in Fiber Arts Magazine. She has taught workshops in soft sculpture and fiber art throughout Southern California and Alaska. Currently Becker is an artist with Los Angeles Experimental Artists (LAEA) and teaches mixed media workshops.