In our last blog post we suggested some ways to nurture your creative spirit. I (Carolyn) took our advice and tried #15 last week. I took a trip to New Orleans with my husband. It’s impossible to spend time in that city and not feel creatively inspired. They have the best of my favorite forms of creativity: food, art and music.
On Monday night, after a day of exploring the Garden District and French Quarter, we visited Preservation Hall, an all ages historic jazz club in the French Quarter. The music was amazing and I fully enjoyed it but by then I was a little creatively distracted; imagining all pieces of jewelry I could make from the instruments that the musicians were playing. So the first chance I had when I got home I made a few new things.
I have thinking about how to use a piano key for a while. I started off with the idea of making earrings but I ended up with a necklace. Isn’t that always how the creative process works? You never know what the end result will be. You can find this necklace on our website by clicking here.
The trombone player at Preservation Hall was amazing. His trombone caught my eye and I was thinking about making a necklace with it. This is what emerged today. You can find these earrings on our website in silver by clicking here and in gold by clicking here.
Finally, the upright bass. I’ve been eyeing the tuning pegs for some time now. Little did I know that they are extremely difficult to cut and virtually impossible to drill a hole through. This is what I ended up with after several broken drill bits and a bruised pride. You can find this necklace on our website by clicking here.
We also have other jazz band inspired jewelry available on our website made from drums, saxophones, clarinets, trumpets and more. Check out our Band of Angels Musical Instrument Jewelry Collection by clicking here.
It’s important to note that no working instruments were harmed in the making of this jewelry. We only use instruments that have been deemed irreparable by experts. A portion of the proceeds from all of our musical instrument jewelry collection goes directly to Band of Angels KC, an organization who collects, repairs and distributes instruments to kids in need who would like to participate in band and orchestra programs. Our donations, specifically, are used to send kids in need to music camp. We are very proud to work with this amazing organization.
We had such a wonderful time in New Orleans and appreciated every second of our visit. We hope that you find a magical place that inspires you this summer whether it be in your back yard or somewhere far away.