Friday, December 29, 2017

Wonderful News... Becky Edwards Coming To The Valley!


Via: BECKY EDWARDS Facebook Page

I received the most Wonderful News Yesterday that a Favorite Artist, BECKY EDWARDS, will be visiting the Valley and will be at my Friend Carol's Shop, COTTAGE GARDENS on March 10th!  I can hardly wait to finally meet Becky in person, since we've only ever corresponded on Social Media and I've Collected her Amazing Jewelry and Accessories for years now, buying them from Carol's Shop!   I've cribbed the above Image from Becky's Facebook Page to give you a sampling of the Creative Genius of her Work... and how stinkin' Cute is that Image anyway??!??!   Aren't they BOTH absolutely Adorable, it just made me Smile... Cat gazing in Cat Mirror!




I own several of Becky's Amazing pieces and Photographed many others that alas I couldn't own at the time they were in the Shop.  I've tried to go back thru my Photo Archives and find some of the Work that I recall was hers.  The Old Fading Memory being what it is I Hope I've recalled correctly, her pieces are rather distinctive and recognizable so I think I got it right?!  *Winks*  If I screwed up because some of these pieces go WAAAAY back from years ago, I'm sorry Becky... and to any other Artist whose Work I may have misidentified... so set me straight if my Memory failed me Okay?!   I lament that I didn't get the Peacock piece... shouldda, wouldda had I couldda at the time... but you know... budget doesn't always appease our Desires.  *Le Sigh*




Guilty Indulgences being what they are if I HAVE to own a piece I have been known to start Selling Off a bunch of my possessions to ensure I can fund it.  Never have had a regret in the purchase of a high quality piece of OOAK Wearable Art, so it's always a Good Investment worth sacrificing for.  When I find the Work of a Favorite Artist I will be tenacious about building up a Collection, slowly but surely... tenacity pays dividends in the long run!   The Cuffs pictured I do own and have owned for years now.  They are sturdier than they look since they've been worn a lot and even the delicate China Flowers have held up.  Now that's not to say I do the Gardening or Dishes while wearing them, use common sense my Friends with Wearable Art, you don't want to risk avoidable damage!  *Smiles*




I also display my Wearable Art everywhere around our Home, I don't hide it away not to be seen when I'm not wearing it, that would be a crime against Art and the full Enjoyment of it!  I have had the argument and debate with people who say it's risky to have your Art and Valuables visible.   But Trust and Believe, Professional Thieves will find it where ever you've hidden it anyway, so why deny yourselves the Pleasure of Enjoying it daily "just in case" some low-life targets your Home?!  And if it's all in a Safety Deposit Box in some Bank, Safe... but how much Enjoyment are you getting from Investing in it if it's there almost all of the time?  I might as well not have it if I'm going to Squirrel it away that unavailable and inaccessible 99.9% of the time!




Besides, I Photograph the Hell out of my Lovelies and OOAK pieces, hard to Move and NOT be identifiable and traced, so the savvy Criminal is aware of that fact and the high risk.   And the stupid ones, well, they always get caught because you can't fix stupid!  *LOL*  Having worked at a District Attorney's Office for many years, it's been Testimony to me that it's just an unfortunate fact that the scourges of Society will always be with us.  So you just can't live your Life fully in fear of being victimized by them.  I am sorry to get off on this tangent, but I see so many Good people in fear of having Nice things lest someone victimize them and steal any or all of it.  And why deny yourself Nice things for any reason that is merely fear based?!




I lived in The Hood and still had Nice things, wore Nice things and Yes, had some Nice things stolen by Thieves every so often... because those low-life scum are everywhere looking for opportunity to commit crimes lemme tell ya!  But it didn't inhibit me from acquiring Nice things for me and mine, we refuse to live Life so fearful it cannot be lived fully and on our terms!   Don't allow the Negative elements of Society to dictate how you Live, they should never have that much Control over you and alter or diminish your way of Life that much.  Stepping down off Soapbox now, for some reason I felt somebody Needed to hear that Today.




This Bluebird Bracelet IS mine, I put it on Layaway so I could procure it some years ago.  Many of Becky's pieces have Birds on them and I'm drawn to Bird Jewelry so it's a nice fit for me to find so many Options by one Artisan.  Are you drawn to any specific genre of Ornamentation too my Friends?   Sometimes I don't even notice I've developed a pattern and theme of what I Collect until I end up with several and it becomes obvious.  *Smiles*   Some Obsessions are noticeable and some are more subtle.




This Notebook is mine too and has an Interesting Back Story... I found this in an Antique Shop and recognized it as likely being one of Becky's pieces so I was giddy with excitement to easily be able to afford it that day!  *Whoop Whoop!*  So here's another benefit to Collecting a certain Body of Work of your Favorite Artists and Artisans... you will have a sort of built-in Radar after a while of spotting it whenever you see it anywhere!   That can give you some great negotiating power since knowledge is leverage when you're out Sourcing anything and come across something you Love!




Of coarse there's Love and then there's Lust... I LUSTED after this Peacock Necklace and just couldn't swing a purchase at the time, I was crestfallen.  It probably doesn't Help that I Photographed it and even years later now lament not doing SOMETHING to be able to attain it... dammit!  *Le Sigh*   With my Infatuation with Peacocks it was a No-Brainer that this should have been MINE... it's even wearing a Crown, how much MORE Perfect could it have been, right?!  *LOL*   The Laws Of Attraction being what they are, I've been trying to Call it In for a while now so I can get that proverbial 2nd Chance... so we'll see how that works out?!  *Winks*




Truth be told I haven't been Investing in Jewelry as much as I'd like to... or Real Estate... and the list goes on and on.  I'm an Investor by Nature, always have Invested and always will when Opportunity and Budget collide and the Stars align themselves just right.   Few Good Investments don't Pay Off... so to me, it's always worth it to make money on the Buy and Sell when you decide it's Time to rake in the Profits.   And if you always buy what you Love then you can't go wrong anyway... Love abides and frankly what I've Loved has always turned out to bring me Favor later on down the road of Life.




Which brings me to the next question you're probably Wondering... have I ever Sold Off any of my most Beloved Collections and inclusive of some Bohemian Bling?  Yep... I have... seldom, but everything has a Price generally speaking.  If someone makes me an Offer I can't refuse, I've been known to fall out of Love just enough to Let Go and Cash Out sometimes.  *LMAO*   But getting me to part with a Beloved item don't come Cheap, just sayin'.  *LOL*   I was a strong willed Child even... so you can't Make me do anything, but I can often be Persuaded!  *Winks*




I am actually very Excited about meeting Becky in person for the first time and talking about Art and everything else.   I'm also Wondering what Amazing Creations she'll be bringing with her and what I might end up with?   Could there be some other Peacocks... you just never know... I do know I'll be saving up to have the opportunity to Score something Awesome if a piece Needs to come Home with me.  *Smiles*   It is always a Joy to speak with an Artist about their Work and even the individual pieces of Work they have there at the time.  The Imagination of an Artist is a Wonderful thing to Explore... Creativity is so Miraculous when you think about it... it's like that piece of The Creator within each of us being brought out for to Share with the World.




And Creative Genius is always Mind Blowing when you get to Experience what they have Created and Shared with their Body of Work, whatever it is!   Not just the Masters, but also the Unknown Masters, of which there are many that have never had the Worldwide Recognition or accolades, but are nonetheless Amazing Talents at whatever they Create!   I happen to always seek out New Artists for that reason, their Work is always so Fresh and not polluted by Fame and Fortune.  Which unfortunately can happen once Popularity soars and Branding morphs the OOAK aspect into mass production to meet Popular demand, which just isn't the same anymore.  I understand The Process and the Necessity of that progression, it's just not so much for me once it goes that route.




Not to say I haven't bought some mass produced Bling and other Wearable Art over the years, I have, but it's gotta have the corresponding Cheap Price Point to justify it.  Otherwise I'm going for the Real Deal OOAK piece instead, still made by the actual Artist!   If I Pony Up for anything and it's a Sacrificial purchase, it's gotta check off all the boxes of being a Good Investment and The Real Deal.   My Dear Ole' Mom taught me the Importance of buying the very BEST you can afford and Trading Up when you can... she was a Tough Sell when it came to the Good Stuff, her scrutiny was intense.  No matter what Label was on something, if the Quality of Workmanship or Quality of Materials was not there she didn't Care how Popular or Famous the Brand, she wasn't having it!  *LOL*




She even abandoned some Fav Brands when they Jumped The Shark so to speak in what they began to Offer and at what Price Point for far less Quality, just to ride on Brand Name alone.   I have Mad Respect for any Artist or Designer that keeps their Quality intact or still does Hand-Work so that what has their Good Name on it isn't diluted.   I'll still pay the Price when I know it's still a Labor of Love for whoever Created it and they refuse to Sell Out.   Is there any Brand or Fashion that you have just lost Interest in because it's no longer the same as when you were absolutely Madly in Love about it?   Is there any Artist you can no longer get the Creations of that you sorely Wish you still could?




Well, as for me I'll still be anxiously awaiting March 10th to roll around so that I can possible procure another Handmade by Becky Edwards piece of OOAK Wearable Art.   And finally get to meet someone I have considered a long distance Friend for some time now as well as a Respected Artist whose Body of Work and Creative Genius I just absolutely LOVE and Respect!  Keep checking out Carol's Facebook Page for more information as the Date draws nearer my Friends, and mark your Calendars like I have, perhaps I'll even see you there?




P.S. Becky, this was the one piece I began waffling about showing in this Post because I couldn't quite recall if it was one of your pieces I bought or the Lovely Creation of another Artisan?!   Lord, getting Older does make the Memory grow fuzzy!  *LOL*

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Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

2 comments:

  1. I totally know what you mean, when speaking of the integrity of an artist. I worked for over 40 years in the arts...on a fairly large scale, and at least I don't cringe when looking back at old photos or slides. The one thing that I mass produced were ornaments---but then this allowed me to not 'waffle' on the pottery at all. I made what I loved and what I was proud of...and the ornaments were still handmade with love despite the quantities and repetitions. Gorgeous work, have a great time with your 'artist' friend!

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    1. Yes, Art once massed produced and out of the actual hands of the Artist just doesn't hold the same appeal for me. But I do understand that typically it does drive down the price point {sometimes} to where it is more affordable to more people who might not ever be able to afford the Originals. So it does have it's merits.

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