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Mardi Gras Collages...coming soon on katybeh.com

"You have the hots for an artist with crow issues," I told him.

Katy Beh Jewelry Mardi Gras Collages 

Do you have a better way to explain this craziness to a cute guy?

It started after this year's Carnival, of course. After the streets had been cleaned, the neutral ground raked, the chain link fences stored away for next year...after a good rainfall or two.

I walk on St. Charles Avenue everyday (try to) with my Big Gray Squirrel (AKA Birdie). I am that person who wouldn't dare pass up a shiny penny...but will for damn sure make certain it's heads up before touching it.

In March of this year (2017), The Shinies I was lasering in on were Rex crowns. The gold crown pendants that had broken off the beads from which they were thrown on Fat Tuesday were too much to resist. I found scoring one of those as soothsaying as the good luck of finding heads-up pennies. Long story short...

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With each day's collection, I have been creating collages with only that day's treasures. The artist in me is also faithful to other non-negotiables: I stick to a square shaped "canvas" and the collages are always created on my kitchen counter. I shoot each day's findings with my iPhone using only natural light and then sweep the whole kit and caboodle into a zip lock baggie marked with the date.
I have no clue why I'm organizing and holding onto the bundles except I do know I am intrigued by the story this entire process records. I'll be able to find the words for it soon. I can't promise they'll be profound. Perhaps I'm just another New Orleans romantic.

Hi, my name is Katy and I can't pass up a sparkly, shiny, purple, green or gold; red Muses shoe, pink Nyx purse or whatever the Adderall lasers me in on to save my life.

Oh, yeah...I'm a jewelry artist to boot.

A tad long, but I can talk for hours about things that make me happy. My daily collection of Mardi Gras throws - fragments and other various delights - have resulted in a series of collages I'll be featuring on katybeh.com super soon. Here's a bit of chatter explaining (and exposing) why you might see me digging in the dirt on St. Charles Avenue in the morning.

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