Every journey, no matter how long, begins with the first small step. Well, this is my first step.
My name is Rebecca Barimo and two months ago a door closed on my marriage of 27 years. Even though I’m sad because it is an ending of something but two months ago I also made a promise to myself to open a new door and start something new, to turn a dream I've had for many years into a reality.
I have always had a love of creating art. During the early years of my marriage my time and efforts were spent in helping my ex-husband with building his career as a successful executive. I was the quiet, behind the scenes typical stay at home wife, taking care of the house, and raising our two children.
I don't regret that time, it was a choice my ex-husband and I made and it felt like the right thing to do. I was still trying to figure out who and what I wanted to be when I grew up as I was defined through him. I was also raising my two beautiful children, England, who is now 24 and Beau, who is now 18 and heading off to college this fall, so my role as a day to day mother is drawing to a close.
Over the years I have practiced my art and researched different type of materials. I have traveled and collected raw materials from all over the world including one of kind medallions, coins and semi-precious stones. I have taken silver smithing classes. I have even caught a few things on fire. Thankfully the house is still in one piece. I have attended various conventions and shows, always learning and listening, and building my collection of pieces to sell. I have sold small collections to boutiques in Nashville, Texas, Virginia, Denver and a few other states with surprising success and even had one of my pieces spotted at the Sundance Film Festival last year.
So today, for my next small step, I am opening my store to you, the public, to present my work. I am nervous and excited and I hope you like what you see. Please feel free to send me your feedback and sign up for my newsletter. I will be posting more one of kind pieces over the upcoming weeks. Most of these pieces are made from vintage medallions, coins and medals that have been hand collected by me from Europe during trips over the last 10 years and are truly irreplaceable items.