When I began my career, I thought I would work as a hairdresser for ever. …after all, it’s what I’d wanted to do since starting school. But then…..
…I never thought I would own a town centre hairdressing salon employing up to 15 members of staff.
I never thought I would go to night school to learn how to teach.
I never dreamed that I would become a part time tutor at Blackburn College Hairdressing dept and have my own tutor groups to inspire, nurture and teach cutting and styling skills to.
I never thought that attending a weekly art class would lead me to studying for a fine art degree that I graduated from in 2008.
I never thought I would be asked by our local council to run our towns very first art market, and as a direct result of this I was asked, with a couple of friend’s to deliver a huge community project in Blackburn town centre called, POP – Project Our Place.
I never thought that a few of us from our degree course would set up a working artist’s studio in the town centre above a charity shop.
I never thought that two friends could set up and work together running Ribble Valley Art Studios and art studio collective in Clitheroe, and it be a success for 9 years.
I certainly never thought I would ever be teaching my love of art in southern Spain, in the town of Baza, with two friend’s that are the ‘Caves of Dreams’.
I never thought that in a worldwide pandemic I would set up, and make handmade wooden jewellery from my back porch ‘Bevart designs ‘was born.
I never thought that in April 2021 I would become sole proprietor of ‘Atelier Arts’ and art studios, art gallery with small teaching area in town centre Clitheroe.
…and I certainly never thought I would be self-employed for all these years, teaching art subjects to a vast array of wonderful students of all ages. Including adults, children, children with needs, young offenders, young people. Thankyou to everyone for giving me these opportunities.
Thinking back, my journey has been about considering options, making choices and taking decisions.
This CORE decision framework is a good place to start.
C – Challenges. Accept them and stretch yourself outside your comfort zone. Grow and develop yourself and expand your comfort zone. But not so much that you cause yourself, or others, stress. Find the level of challenge you’re comfortable with. What are the challenges associated with your options? Take on enough challenge to keep you interested and developing.
O – Opportunities. What opportunities do, or what could each of the options provide? Consider all opportunities that are made available. If the opportunity you want isn’t offered, or isn’t quite as you’d like it to be, then find a way to create it and make it happen.
R – Rewards. Identify what you value. This can be anything that really matters to you – financial rewards, family time, recognition, progression, work/life balance, personal development and so on. How do the options and choices offered provide the potential to get the rewards that are important to you?
E – Enjoyment. Think about what you really enjoy doing. Make sure the decisions you take allow you to do what you really enjoy. Then do it.
This CORE frame work I borrowed from AWD Development Solutions, all other words are my own, Beverley – Bevart designs
A brief introduction to the maker behind the brand, and a bit about my business Handmade Retro Jewellery!
Hello, I am Beverley from Bevart designs.
I am an artist that has been inspired to make jewellery from my love of art. So in short, my jewellery creations have been inspired from my artworks.
I love wood and colour and have combined the two elements to make beautiful art inspired jewellery for you to wear.
Whilst doing my degree back in 2008 whooooa! long time ago.
I was fascinated by making something that was quite ordinary very beautiful, I incorporated copper pipe and wire and velvet fabrics to bring my 3-D relief paintings and sculptures to life.
The photo is a piece that I created for my degree, I embedded a large ornate mirror, red velvet and copper pipe. This work was made in response to ‘Self Indulgence’ and decadence.
Artwork – 5ft x 3ft plaster, paint, velvet, copper pipe, mirror and varnish.
Entitled – ‘Indulge’
Fast forward to now, in my fine artwork I use gold leaf and mark making using unconventional tools. My ethos in my creative life is ‘Making the ordinary beautiful’ a few years ago I discovered WabiSabi a Japanese philosophy and way of life.
The Japanese people embrace things that would be normally deemed as useless or boring or very ordinary, old, cracked or broken, they fix and make beautiful. I am fascinated with that as a thing in its self, so the way that I use WabiSabi and making the ordinary beautiful into my artwork, is that I embrace things that could possibly go wrong, like, unintentional marks, the drips from the paint the knots in the wood!
I fix good with love, polishing and gold/silver and rose gold leaf.
The pink and green artwork photograph is a painting that I made a couple of years ago, I have used cold wax and mark making to create this ‘Indian Summer’ inspired piece. We went on holiday to Goa, whilst on a market trip we met a lady selling the most amazing fabrics, she was wearing the most exquisite sari, my painting was inspired by this trip.
Art work – entitled ‘Indian Summer’ wax, oil paints and gold leaf, painted on board.
This is just a little insight into the jewellery making and the things that inspire me to be creative.
Bevart designs creations! are inspired by my paintings, travel, and WabiSabi.
Thankyou Beverley x
Amethyst is the most precious and valuable gemstone of the quartz family and can be found in Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, Russia, Sri Lanka, the USA, Uraguay and Zambia! Phew!
As purple is considered to be the colour of royalty, beautiful Amethysts can be found in the Crown Jewels and was a favourite of Catherine the Great and Egyptian royalty. It was also referred to as the “stone of bishops”.
Paint Poured Silver Jewellery
Here is a little info about me, what inspires me to be creative, and what I love to do. Beverley, the jewellery maker behind the brand, ‘Bevart designs’.
Buzzy Busy Bees, I could watch them all day in the garden, so industrious.