In the living room of Becca White, you will find a mixture of textiles, found objects, friends, and podcasts. This living room currently doubles as her sewing studio, and White fills it with inspiration and entertainment. Her childhood self was inspired by the Spice Girls and the movie Pocahontas. Nowadays, White believes in the power of getting out of your bubble and interacting with other communities and cultures. She has found traveling to be a clarifying experience, and is inspired by each of the friends she makes along the way.
All of this inspiration is woven into the unique tapestries of this world-building and playful artist.
Born in Dallas, Texas, and raised in Winnetka, Illinois, White now resides in Glendale, California. This suburb of L.A. is a haven for found objects. She often takes found chairs and repurposes them into creatively comfortable and colorful thrones. In the future, she would love to have a drain in her studio, which would allow her to work more regularly with felt.
White's artistic spark came from the story of Humpty Dumpty. During a pottery painting class with her cousin, White tried to paint a perfect replication of the fabled egg king from her childhood storybooks. But an epiphany struck! This young artist threw away the idea of perfection and focused on creating the image she wanted to see:
It was so exciting—I decked my Humpty Dumpty with stars, hearts, and peace signs. From that point on I took an interest in making things.
Each morning, White wakes up to walk a little dark angel names Earsela, an Italian greyhound and terrier pup. Afterward, she'll head to her day job as a behaviorist, working with Autistic kiddos. She and her clients play games that incorporate strategies for self-control and communication.
I am doing more social work than art right now. I am trying to figure out what best career can combine my two interests. It’s hard not to put pressure on myself and accept it’s okay to feel uncertain in what I am doing. I suppose that’s a big part of your twenties. I don’t know what my next step is. On the other hand, I have never felt more grounded in my environment and myself. I feel blessed to have a loving community here in California. I feel focused and loved.
"Be kind to others. Always try. Believe in your wishes."
White provides us with mantras to live by.
"DREAMS HAPPEN WHEN YOU DO YOU."
White’s nights and days off are spent with loved ones, enjoying a hearty meal. When alone time comes along, White likes to relax in nature or in the occasional tap dancing class.
In addition to her playful tapestries, White also does installation artwork. Each of her worlds is a balancing act between natural and eerie elements with glowing pinks and shadows. Check out the details over several of her installations below.
Below is an example of her installation work that incorporates White's tapestries and love for found objects.
What is your idea of happiness?
"Simple things—making nice food and eating it with loved ones. Playing with my dog, watching movies, and being in nature."
If not yourself, who would you be?
"An elf living in an enchanted world."
What’s one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
"To not doubt my instincts. And to not hold so much of my self-worth in the broken educational system I was placed in throughout school."