Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Bohemian See Glass Earrings with Copper

"To take the world as one finds it, the bad with the good, making the best of the present moment—to laugh at Fortune alike whether she be generous or unkind—to spend freely when one has money, and to hope gaily when one has none—to fleet the time carelessly, living for love and art—this is the temper and spirit of the modern Bohemian in his outward and visible aspect. It is a light and graceful philosophy, but it is the Gospel of the Moment, this exoteric phase of the Bohemian religion; and if, in some noble natures, it rises to a bold simplicity and naturalness, it may also lend its butterfly precepts to some very pretty vices and lovable faults, for in Bohemia one may find almost every sin save that of Hypocrisy. ..."

"His faults are more commonly those of self-indulgence, thoughtlessness, vanity and procrastination, and these usually go hand-in-hand with generosity, love and charity; for it is not enough to be one’s self in Bohemia, one must allow others to be themselves, as well. ...
What, then, is it that makes this mystical empire of Bohemia unique, and what is the charm of its mental fairyland? It is this: there are no roads in all Bohemia! One must choose and find one’s own path, be one’s own self, live one’s own life."

Gelette Burgess

Bohemian - are you a little, a lot,or not at all?

Copper clay arrowhead components by
Kristi Bowman.

To see more of my Bohemian earrings, click here or here.


  1. Hmm, I would say I am Bohemian within the bounds of personal responsibility (in other words, only a little). I would never "spend freely and hope gaily" to the point of forcing others to subsidize my hedonism. I do take the world as I find it, but it is also important to me to pay my own way and not expect others to pay for my whims. I think Mr. Burgess is romanticizing this way of life in the extreme, I think I would find such a person irritating and immature. It's only "light and graceful" when you're not the one paying for it! Love the sea glass, by the way, with the copper--a great contrast!

  2. It is definitely a romanticized description of Bohemian. While not promoting it as a lifestyle, I think it is more about going your own way in the world rather than doing only what is expected of you. But artists (Bohemian or not) have faults like anyone else. Like yours Keirsten, mine is a more practical brand of Bohemianism.

  3. I'm so bohemian it hurts :)

    Maybe a little less recently - managed to hold down my current job for three years (!) without wondering off to travel around Eastern Europe in a campervan or disappearing in North Africa for four months.

    I have always paid for it all myself though, I've never ever had to be subsidised by friends, family or the state.

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