I thought this was a brilliant idea. To take a donated unused musical instrument and create a work of art. This is for an annual auction put on by the Juan De Fuca Foundation in Port Angeles to raise money to benefit a local cause.
I chose an old Italian Mandolin donated by a family who had it for over 70 years and wanted to see it transformed.
I displayed the instrument in my home for a few weeks for the beauty of it. I love the look and smell and feel of wood. Then I took everything off of it I could. (I am hoping I can find the screws that I carefully placed in a safe place)
I chose some eco printed silk fabric I had created using Peony, Smoke Bush and native Wild Blackberry leaves. You can see the eco printing process in the prior blog.
I glued the fabric around the back of the Mandolin and then slowly started painting the front and stem using acrylic paints. Do you call the arm of the instrument stem?
I found some dried spruce tree roots I had dug up a few years ago from the Yukon river in Alaska. I was managing a small camp for an Archeology group. After soaking in water for a few days they became so pliable I could tie them in knots....perfect for making birch bark baskets. Or wrapping around an old Mandolin. After adding copper wire and other embellishments it is finished. I never did find those screws....
These instruments will be on display this December and then auctioned in January.
If you are around Port Angeles please take some time to check out the many creative art instruments. As well, check out their website at www.jffa.org
To see some finished pieces go to: http://jffa.org/guitar-auction-2/