Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Challenge of Music


Welcome to the Challenge of Music blog hop
hosted by Erin Prais-Hintz!

We were challenged to find a piece of instrumental music that spoke to our soul. The goal was to find a piece without any choral accompaniment, so that we had the freedom to interpret the colors, textures, shapes, movements or images that it evokes.

I knew immediately that I wanted to use


This song has always been one of my favorites. Even back in the 80's when I was sporting a paper white mohawk and dancing to imported industrial vinyl, it spoke to me.

It makes me think of New York and Chicago in the 1920's when steel was king and we were a hopeful, industrious nation. 

My goal with this piece was to give it a retro industrial art deco kind of feel. I love to work with steel wire so I fashioned steel beams that are connected by copper rivets. These rivets allow the rigid steel beams to have movement. I chose to frame a beautiful vintage Russian stamp that has an amazing industrial deco image from 1970. The pendant is allowed to move across its' beam via a bail crafted from a link of steel bicycle chain.

close~ up of pendant

When I was two years old my Mom, Dad, Grandmother (aka Great-mother!) and I drove to New York for the 1964 World's Fair. I have a few remembrances of this trip to New York. I remember the elevated train tracks in Brooklyn (apparently, we got lost), the Ford Magic Skyway and the Unisphere. So, it seemed appropriate to add a vintage teal carnival token to the back of the pendant.

close-up of the back ~ a vintage carnival ticket

The necklace is finished with linked chain and a clasp that are
hand-crafted from steel and copper wire.

I can't wait to see & hear what inspires everyone else!


































***Pam Farren***






 
 
 
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17 comments:

Kashmira said...

This is a tough challenge! Taking audio inspiration to make something visual! Wow! And I love your work...especially the chain. Thanks for sharing your design process, very interesting!

Cynthia said...

I can't decide if I like the front or the back! I love both. Your vision for this piece really came through.

Amy said...

I don't think this necklace could be any more perfect for the music you selected! Bravo!!!!

Monique said...

Wow, Pam, this music, while familiar to my ears, took on a new flavour as I read your text accompanied by the piece. I love the "steel edge" you have added in your inspiration necklace. I was strangely moved by the Cold War Era Soviet postage stamp. A child of the 60s, I grew up in a Canadian military family, and my Dad was an avid stamp collector. I remember those striking images of communist "might".

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Wow - I love how you created your piece based on the song! Love both sides of the focal pendant - AWESOME!

Maneki said...

Love your take on the music, which evokes something I have a dear love-hate relationship to: art deco (which never got a real breakthrough in Sweden) and that retro industrial style. It's growing on me and therefore I really liked seeing your necklace and your take on that style. It really is contemporary, but still spot on for the music and that era. Really great job!

Michelle Mach said...

Love the way you used rivets and movement in your necklace! A great match for the music.

Sharon Driscoll said...

Wow = WOW - WOW. I am just bowled over by this piece of jewelry. It's got everything going for it. The stamp is a given for me - I am of Russian ancestory. But the steel connections and way you made the necklace for it are so totally cool. It's industial - but not. It's so in keeping with the way Russia saw itself moving after the revolution. Bravo!!!

rosebud101 said...

Oh, my!!!! I was so surprised with the back of the pendant. This final touch made this necklace perfect!!!!

EmandaJ said...

I love your choice in music and your wonderful interpretation. Unique!

A Polymer Penchant said...

Oh so Deco - I love it! That sure is one gorgeous stamp and you set it off so creatively. It feels like this would be quite the empowering piece to wear

Molly Alexander said...

Such a powerful piece of music to use for inspiration. I love how you interpreted it in the different elements of your necklace. I am in love with the chain (how'd you do that?), and the bicycle chain link bail is the perfect finishing touch to your beautiful pendant. Great job!

:) Molly

Jennifer said...

The bike chain is really interesting . Have you worn it? Does the pendant move alot or does it stay centered? Lovely Deco stamp - very cool.

re-maker said...

Hi Jennifer,

I have worn the piece. The pendant is able to move back and forth along the center "beam", but it comes back to center pretty easily because the wire is angled slightly more towrds the center.

Cece Cormier said...

Love the rivet construction on your design. I immediately thought of Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand when I saw it.

kmorgan said...

I really enjoyed your use of rivets & the stamp is awesome, both sides. I love the stories that go with it as well! The movement of the pendant is really cool & so connected to the music! Love it! :0

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