Mary Beth McAllister is a designer, illustrator and sculptor who sees the world in technicolor. Since childhood when her garden magically morphed into a lagoon, her experiences were unto themselves a creative genre craving expression. Studies in England allowed for passport into the funky French culture, an influential thread throughout her work.
Mb entered the glamorous world of publishing at Condé Nast, built an accessory design business thanks to Bendels, Bergdorfs and Bloomingdales. Press by Vogue and WWD provided much needed creative courage. She designed promotional gifts for Oscar de la Renta Fragrances and Shiseido Cosmetics. A boyfriend put her in the running for the national competitive premium gift-with-purchase business and Mb's bag for Haines was 2nd runner up. Levi's came calling for emerging pre-teen sassy bag market.
A young newlywed move to the country found mb creating murals and painted furniture for interiors at hunting lodges, commercial and residential interiors, including a suite HRH Prince Charles frequented at Hamilton Farms.
She designed her fourth installation for the juried Mansion in May Designer Showhouse at Blairsden, Peapack, NJ. Her balcony design concept was a checkerboard of lettuce and moss and populated with her sculptures entitled, The Garden Keepers, based upon her original drawings. Les Gardiens du Jardin are the French cousins of The Garden Keepers, and just maybe, they will become sculptures too. Event planning for a non-profit was the icing on the cake. We are reminded once again Mb never does anything small.
Her drawings have been acquired by art collectors, interior designers and small businesses.