Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Challenge of Music

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When Erin announced the theme of her newest creative challenge I couldn’t sign up fast enough. The thought of making a piece of jewelry based on a song, album, or music genre was intriguing, and something I've never done before.

I love most genres of music, though some more than others. Growing up we took a family vacation every summer, but because our car radio didn’t work beyond the city, we passed the time on the long stretches of highway by singing Folk songs like Down in the valley, Oh Susanna, Home on the range, Yankee Doodle, and My Bonnie. Truly I miss singing these old Folk songs. In the ‘70’s I enjoyed Rock Bands such as the Eagles, Queen, Lynyrd Skynrd, Rolling Stones and more. I enjoyed some of the pop music of the ‘80’s, and even a bit of the hip-hop of the ‘90’s. It seems every decade has its own unique style of music, and it was not so easy to choose a song for the challenge.

Currently I am enjoying the soulful songs from Adele, though the radio stations tend to play them over and over until they are beat to death. I love her voice, and the raw emotion of her songs. The song I chose was Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’. I ran a few design ideas in my brain, but as I searched my stash I realized I didn’t have the right beads. And because I have put myself on a bead diet until I use up my stash, (another challenge of its own) I couldn’t make the vision that was floating in my head. Instead, I chose to make a piece that represents the emotion of her latest album ‘21’which came after a heartbreaking ending to her first real relationship.

'Set Free My Heart'

Red is the color of love, but it can also represent pain, both of which Adele experience with her latest relationship. The focal consists of a Swarovski Red Magma Navette Pendant, a vintage rhinestone bead, a red lampwork bead from Lynda’s Lampwork Beads, all of which are connected to a fabulous pewter winged focal from Lynn Davis. A few red crystal beads connect the focal to a dark petite etched chain from Vintaj. The dark chain symbolizes the bleak moments of the broken relationship.

Close-up of the pendant

Please check out what all the participants made for this challenge.

Erin Prais-Hintz
Marcie Abney
Christine Altmiller
Elisabeth Auld
Lori Bowring Michaud
Shannon Chomanczuk
Cece Cormier
Jenny Davies-Reazor
Malin de Koning
Beth Emery
Michelle Escano-Caballero
Erin Fickert-Rowland
Therese Frank
Amy Freeland
Tanya Goodwin
Stephani Gorman
Amy Grass
Beth Hemmila
Kristina Johansson
Jennifer Justman
Tari Kahrs
Susan Kennedy
Ema Kilroy
Kathleen Lange Klik
Kirsi Luostarinen
Paige Maxim
Beth McCord
Natalie McKenna
Alice Peterson
Cat Pruitt
Bobbie Rafferty
Johanna Rhodes
Cynthia Riggs
Sally Russick
Sarah Sequins
Amy Severino
Staci Smith
Kristen Stevens
Lola Surwillo
Sandi Volpe
Lesley Watt
Holly Westfall
Shaiha Williams

Thank you Erin for allowing me to stretch my creative imagination with the Challenge of Color.


Melinda Orr - BANDANA GIRL said...

I love Adele too and listen to her everyday ~ Your post and design is wonderful!

elisabeth said...

Lovely necklace - love the wings!

Lori Anderson said...

I love the crystal with the brass - you don't see that often and it looks wonderful!

Unknown said...

These are both inspired and beautiful creations. I do think Adele sings to us all!

Holly said...

Alice, your necklace is stunning and inspiring! As is Adele ;)

Amy S. said...

Great song - but the piece is even more beautiful! Love the wings - and that red drop is simply gorgeous.

Maneki said...

Beautiful necklace for a great song! Like the contast betwin the patina'd metal and the crisp colour in the crystal pendant. Lovely!

Stephani Gorman said...

Hi Alice! Love your design and of course Adele! thanks for sharing!

Christine Altmiller said...

Oh My Goodness, this is Beautiful. It has the sadness in it too, but oh my! I would wear this in a heartbeat. Just so lovely.
A friend introduced me to Adele a few months back and I instantly got hooked. No my daughter thinks I am cool.

Cynthia said...

When I was young, we too, would drive from where ever we were living at the time to Missouri, to see grandparents. We would also occupy ourselves singing songs in the back seat. I still, to this day, enjoy singing harmony with my sister!
Love your necklace. It's really beautiful, really!

LJ said...

I love the wings :)
And the chain works so well - it's delicate and raw.

Jenny said...

Who doesn't love Adele? Gorgeous piece. Heartfelt and straight forward - like her music.

Beth Hikes said...

Love the choice of Lynn Davis's angel wings for a focal point! Just gorgeous withe the red and wire work. xoxo Beth

Shai Williams said...

That necklace is incredible. Especially as you are on a diet :)

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Beautiful design with wonderful, well thought out elements. I think Adele would be honored as you are taking negativity she experienced and turning it into beauty!

Lola said...

Beautiful necklace! I could totally see Adele wearing that during a performance ...

Bits of Learning said...

Oh Alice!! I can't tell you how I love wings and your design just moves me. I can so see the inspiration of Adele in your beautiful, beautiful necklace!! LOVE!

Therese's Treasures said...

Alice, I love your necklace it is so pretty and it represents Adele's song of letting go and moving on.

SoulsFireDesigns said...

So beautiful, so exquisite in its painfulness and love at once. Just like her music. Wonderful!!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

I don't listen to the radio anymore, so I am learning of a lot of artists that I need to go out and get their songs from Itunes. I love the combination of the Swarovski pendant, lampwork bead and brass pendant. What a wonderful interpretation of the song!

TesoriTrovati said...

Oh my goodness! That is such a pretty piece! I love those wings from Lynn Davis. Her invented fauxtiques are so cool. That red is almost liquid, as if Adele's heart is bleeding. I feel that soulful touch with this piece. The way the wings are battered yet open to flying. I am so happy that I could inspire you with this challenge and I hope you will come back and play with me again. Enjoy the day!

Sarah Sequins said...

I love Adele -- her music and her personality. I love how she's not afraid to be who she is. 21 gives me chills. :)

Those brass wings are awesome, and the Swarovski is a striking contrast. :)

Tanya said...

Your necklace is just beautiful. I love Adele also. Her voice is just wonderful. I think you did her justice with your piece.

Bobbie said...

You made a simple, but eloquent and elegant, necklace that perfectly captures the feeling of the song. And to do it with just the beads from your stash -- that adds extra points for difficulty and discipline!

Amy F said...

Those wings are perfect!

Ema Kilroy said...

I love it! I think Adele would love it too. It is just perfect.