Welcome to our bi-monthly, Lone Stars Entertainment artist feature, “Captured.” A space where we will bring you the latest and greatest in art, music, fashion, film, community leaders, special events, and more! Have a story idea or know an artist we should feature in our column? Send us a message here on our website in the “Contact Us” tab. And now we present to you, this month’s “Captured” artist:
If you’re a “Pan Dulce Enthusiast,” you’re dying to join “The International Bratty Club,” and you need a taco embroidery in your life right now, then Hello Becca’s shop is for you. Meet our featured artist, Rebecca Marquez, who loves crafts, makes crafts, and teaches crafting. Over the years she has been perfecting her talents in the DIY (do it yourself) community of fellow artists, so much so that she created a top-selling pin, the “DIY Till I Die Glue Gun” that sold out on her Etsy shop where she mostly sells her items. Rebecca’s roots go way back in the crafting world, who shared with us,
“My mom was a huge crafter and seamstress. As a little girl, I remember being surrounded by fabric, yarn, puffy paint, and hot glue. Whether it was baby blankets, wedding/prom dresses, or hand painted neon shirts (it was the late 80's), she was ALWAYS MAKING SOMETHING. Sometime in 2003, a friend of mine took me to my very first craft fair. I saw creative people putting their handmade art out there, and getting paid for it! I fell in love and immediately knew that this was something I wanted to do, and a community I wanted to be a part of.”
Rebecca’s items are unique, well-crafted and cute, with just the perfect amount of sarcasm. “I am mostly inspired by the things that I love and the art of DIY,” she says. Browsing through her Etsy or Instagram shops, you’ll get an array of items that scream Riot Grrrl (a movement that, amongst many things, embraces the DIY ethic as well as competitive roller derby which Rebecca has also participated in), draws inspiration from Mexican culture and a self-proclaimed “Pocha who grew up in an Americanized home,” and someone who really, really loves tacos and pan dulce. “I love the juxtaposition of something that looks like grandma made it, and a word or phrase that an adolescent would use. I mean, in a nutshell, that's kind of me,” she continues. Some of the past limited edition items she has sold on her shop include cross stitch art with the words “Ugh,” “Nope,” and those famous 90's Hole lyrics, “I want to be the girl with the most cake,” along with doughnut charms and Star Wars graphic pillows.
Rebecca makes all of her creations from her home studio and uses a wide range of materials including cotton fabric, embroidery thread, polymer clay, button making, pin designing, sewing, fiber arts, and more. Like she says, “If it’s crafty, I'm gonna try it! Crafting, for me, is a creative outlet. It let's me work out ideas in my head and express myself with things that I love.” Rebecca makes plenty of fun, personal items for herself as well, a knitted corn dog pen for instance, and draws much inspiration from Hello Kitty, rock music, The Simpsons and food. So what’s next for Hello Becca in 2018? “I hope to expand the selection of items in my shop as well as vending at more craft fairs. I love to learn and try new crafts. I'm trying my hand at brush lettering and quilting at the moment, so I'm hoping to maybe incorporate some new items like that in my shop.”
Thank you for reading this and remember, “Stay Bratty.” Now cue that 'Doll Parts' song by Hole.