Another 100 Colorado Creatives: Becky Wareing-Steele
#93: Becky Wareing-Steele
Becky Wareing-Steele, "The Adventure of Henri & Evelyn -- Vegas Vacation."
Becky Wareing-Steele lives in a world of miniatures, where tiny figures and creatures go about their lives inside tiny bottles and jars and whimsical lockets, and even among the jagged crystals of cracked-open geodes. Her crafting career started with a button-making machine and worked its way into diorama-building; now Wareing-Steele's growing family of miniatures, under the moniker of Becky's Buttons, have become sought-after collectibles at local craft shows and boutiques. How does the world look from outside of those tiny bubbles? Wareing-Steele shared her big picture in the following 100CC questionnaire.
Becky Wareing-Steele in the studio, with quality-control kitty, Charlie.
If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?
Henry Darger. He was the focus of my thesis work when I was in school at CSU. I have always been drawn to the work of "outsider" artists. I am really intrigued by his storytelling ability and the fact that his mind blurred the lines between an existence and a created reality, which I think led to a really incredible body of work. There is something really special about someone whose creativity is untarnished by the everyday world around them. I'm not sure how the collaboration would go, since Henry was a bit of a recluse and didn't interact with people much, but if it was possible, I'd love to work with him to turn some of his works into diorama-based scenes. Seeing the Vivian Girls in 3D would really blow my mind.
Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?
My nieces and nephew. Being the youngest in my family, I've never really spent a lot of time around children until now. The four of them range in age from six weeks to three years, and it's incredible to see how they process information and how creative their minds are. I think it's similar to my love of "outsider" art. They are at an age right now when they do and say what feels natural. Their creativity and process is not tainted yet by what others think and societal norms. It's really refreshing to be around someone who just tells you exactly what they're thinking.
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