I grew up in a small town in Louisiana, and have always had an interest in art. I always loved painting and drawing, but truth be told, I genuinely enjoyed doing anything creative! My love for jewelry began with a jewelry-making kit and a “How to Make Jewelry” book that my brother gave me.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that I had a passion for fashion! After high school, I decided I was ready for newer and bigger experiences. I moved to Dallas and could not wait to see what “big city life” was all about! I enrolled in fashion school and 18 months later, I graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in Fashion Design and Merchandising. After graduation, I had the opportunity to work for several companies designing jewelry. Each of those experiences taught me more about jewelry than I can ever express, and I could not be more grateful for them!
Armed with my new experiences and knowledge, I knew I still wanted to do more! I had a desire to better my skills and grow as a designer. I was ready to start my own business. I felt that the best way to honor my family was to name my business after those that helped me get here! The name Valois - French pronunciation [Val-Wa] - is my Grandparents’ last name and my Mother's maiden name, so it seemed like the perfect fit! Today, I design my jewelry to match my personality – unique, bright and fun! I am beyond blessed to wake up everyday and have the opportunity to do what I am passionate about, to share my unique accessories and to put a smile on customers faces when they see my designs.
Anything is possible if you just have faith!
~Rebecca Diane - Valois Designs
Rebecca Bordelon is a New Orleans artist working in the Blue Plate Artist Lofts in the Broadmoor neighborhood.
Questions & Answers
Describe your art in three words.
Unique, Vibrant and Fashionable
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
My favorite part about creating art in New Orleans is the people that live here. My customers are so supportive and absolutely enjoy my work and keep coming back for more. Walking around my neighborhood near uptown and enjoying the fresh air and architecture always leads me with a clear mind and some fabulous jewelry designs.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
For weeks I research fashion trends, colors and the hot items for each season. I want to make sure my jewelry is on trend for the season and then add my uniqueness to each piece.
I usually try to focus on the main item on that piece of jewelry and then it's usually fireworks from there on.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Sitting in my studio is where I draw inspiration the most. I usually have on WWOZ ( a New Orleans radio station) in the background and just dive right into making jewelry. I also enjoy going to bead and gem shows because I find myself surrounded by inspiration and ideas when browsing through the beautiful beads.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
My work has been compared to Betsey Johnson a lot. I'm inspired by her quirky combinations of charms and colors. I am also influenced and inspired by watching other artists grow their business and become successful.
In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work?
The Brass and Funk bands are one of my favorites. There's just something about the instruments and the song lyrics that make me smile.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
When I am not selling my jewelry at festivals, I just love going to them to listen to the music and enjoy the drinks and food. I am also passionate about going for long walks or bike rides just to get some fresh air.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
My favorite day of the week would be Saturday. I am either working a festival or hopefully sleeping in. My favorite time of year would be Carnival Season and Halloween.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
I wear Christmas socks year round.
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Where You Can Find My Work
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where Y’Art Gallery by appointment.
Zele Nola - 2841 Magazine Street, New Orleans LA