Friday, March 1, 2013

the challenge of music:
instrumental

welcome, everyone, to the reveal for Erin's amazing challenge.  this is the second Challenge of Music, and we were to choose an instrumental piece for our inspiration.  while I love music in all it's forms and facets, typically, I, like most people, I'm thinking, don't usually listen to instrumentals.  I like having something that I can sing along with (or rather, attempt to sing.  a singing voice isn't among my gifts, unfortunately!).  so this challenge presented a bit of a well, challenge!  which is what it's supposed to be, right?

I decided to go with something that was classic, in an effort to understand things a bit more.  however, I also wanted something that would speak to me, and was done in a somewhat modern manner.  to that end, I went with a Vivaldi piece as performed by one of my favorite duos.  who does mostly, if not all, instrumental music because of their instruments of choice.  yes.  2Cellos.  as I hinted to yesterday.


aren't they amazing?  you should check out their other music.   this piece of music, Allegro, is from the first concerto from Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons".  created for the violin, it's a beautiful piece that crashes and moves and trickles and runs throughout.  it's lively and oh, so lovely! 

what this piece inspired me to create were a pair of earrings.  i felt pulled to greens and blues that twisted and entwined towards and around each other.  like water from rambling streams, the bright blue spring sky.  greens from freshly grown buds, the grass and lovely spring flowers.


the earwires on these are sterling silver, hand forged. 


the copper tendrils were enameled with cobalt blue, greens and whites.  the copper cones were hand forged and torch-enameled.


faceted czech glass rondelles complete the earrings.  these puppies are heavy, and so not for the faint of heart!  but I do love them, and feel they capture the movement of Allegro perfectly.

please join everyone else as we explore and find inspiration in some lovely instrumental music!
and a huge thank you to Erin, for organizing such a fun challenge for everyone!

The Challenge of Music participants

24 comments:

Shel said...

These earrings are super cool!! I really like the texture and colors. Love the music too. I tend to listen mostly to instrumental music, as words distract me too much as I design! What a fun hop!

Christine Altmiller said...

So So Cool!!! I love them! They look like the truly unruly tall weeds and wildflowers of spring and summer that I find so beautiful.

steufel said...

Totally in love with them. Those earrings are stunning!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful set of earrings, and I think you really captured the power of the music in them. They are very striking!

Cynthia said...

Love your earrings! Your enameling is impressive!

Designed by Vera said...

Stunning! And so with the music! You really captured the mood! Awesome work!

Amy said...

This is very happy music and the earrings are too! Your style is very unique and creative! Very pretty!

Sharon Driscoll said...

Love the cellos in the musical piece you chose. The earrings and beautiful and remind me of a rapid steam during the spring. I like the use of the enamel coppered and then tendrils coming out of them. This is a fun hop to see how others work with music.

Jennifer said...

Your headpin tendrils are my favorite part - I love the pop of cobalt!

Molly Alexander said...

As always, my friend, your design is absolutely beautiful! This is one of my very favorite classical pieces, and I almost chose it for my inspiration as well! The cellos add so much depth to the sound - awesome! The way you interpreted it just perfect: subtle layers and shades with the occasional punch of color. I love them!

:) Molly

rosebud101 said...

I love your earrings!!! I love the tendrils on them!!!

Monique said...

Wow, Holly, those boys rock and so do your earrings! There is room for all styles and beauty in every genre. You've successfully combined bright glass with the hard edge of your metals... exquisite!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Those earrings are fantastic - I love all the different enameled elements! Stupendous!

EmandaJ said...

Fantastic! I love your interpretation and how the earrings are both rustic and elegant at the same time. Brava!

Michelle Mach said...

What a unique pair of earrings! I love all the enamel work, especially the tendrils. They really make the earring pop!

Cece Cormier said...

Love those earrings. A modern primitive feel to them and go so well with your score.

Jess Green said...

Those earrings are fabalicious :) Love the enameling and the twirling vines - really organic and lively, just like Vivaldi's work.

re-maker said...

I really like the colors and shapes you used to create these pretty fab earrings!

AliMc said...

The tendrils remind me of the beat of the music. Lovely earring, as a fellow enamelist, they really speak to me :).

Anonymous said...

The earrings are so beautiful and lively. I love the tendrils and the bead caps. They are totally in harmony with the music you've chosen.

TesoriTrovati said...

Wonderful Miss Holly! I can feel the vibrancy of the coming spring with these earrings. Those tendrils are like shoots seeking the sun and growing in tangling twists and turns. I love Vivaldi. Such energy and passion and watching those cellists play really shows how much work it is to make these sublime notes! Thank you for joining me in the Challenge of Music and for sharing your art with the world! Enjoy the day! Erin

Maneki said...

Lovely earrings! I really like the unruly tendrils that represent the music so well. Full of force, but still soft. Truly flowers grown from Vivaldi's music.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

What gorgeous earrings! They capture the music well! :) Thank you so much for sharing!

beadrecipes said...

I love these earrings, and you really captured the way the two cellos twine around each other.

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