Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Challenge of Music: "Sampaguita" by Dolores Paterno

Welcome to Erin of Treasures Found and Tesori Trovati's
Challenge of Music Blog Hop!

I had fun with this challenge. We were asked to listen to whatever music that we liked and to be inspired to create a piece of jewelry. Different types of music brings about different moods in us. There are days when I love creating with dance music and there are times when I prefer the soft, soothing sound of the guitar.

There are many great Filipino classical guitar artists such as Angelo Favis and Michael Dadap.  Professor Favis is an Associate Professor of the Deapartment of Music of the Illinois State University where he teaches classical guitar. He has been given several accolades and is known in the music industry worldwide. I heard his CD Philippine Treasures through my brother in Australia. His CD albums (Philippine Treasures Vol. 1 and 2) consist of traditional Filipino folk and love songs.

Professor Dadap is the artist / music director and conductor of The Children's Orchestra Society in New York since 1984. He is also highly recognized in the field of classical guitar. He has performed worldwide and is a "passionate folklorist and advocate of music in the Philippines."


Filipino traditional folk songs and love songs are nice to listen too. Most of the love songs are so melodramatic to the point of being a martyr in the name of love. I love the song "Sampaguita" composed by Dolores Paterno. The song describes the flower as a symbol of purity. It talks of the love of a woman for her lover who passed away, her tears fall like sampaguita buds. I told you... the songs are melodramatic.

The Sampaguita is the Philippine's National Flower. The flower is white in color and it has a scent similar to Jasmine. Nowadays, it is being used in the perfume and spa industry.

Watch this Youtube Video to hear the intrumental version by Prof. Dapdap and learn more about Traditional Filipino culture. The paintings in the video were made by one of our famous artists, Fernando Amorsolo.

Sampaguita flowers are commonly used in making leis. 
This was my inpiration in designing this piece:  "Sampaguita Necklace."
I made the white flowers using Premo white, yellow and olive green polymer clays.
The flower was laid on a filigree base.
To depict the "lei effect,"  I place the 3 flowers together, added crystal rondelles and a two way toggle clasp.  The two way toggle clasp gives detail to the design and at the same time creates a longer chain. 
The necklace measures 27 to 30.5 inches.

And now it's time to listen to more music and see more beautiful jewelry.
Let's take a big LEAP and hop on to other amazing bloggers!
Have fun!

Michelle Escano-Caballero - YOU ARE HERE

Shaiha Williams

Enjoy!
♥  Michelle 

25 comments:

Elisabeth said...

WHat a beautiful necklace!

Kristen said...

WOW! I love this necklace and the meaning behind it! Fabulous!

Alice said...

A beautiful song, and I enjoyed the pictures on the video as well.

Your necklace is beautiful, and I love the sweet polymer flowers.

Lori Anderson said...

Oh so pretty! I love flowers

Christine Altmiller said...

Delicate and Romantic and Beautiful~the music and the necklace! It is clear to see and hear your inspiration for this gorgeous piece!

Holly said...

Michelle, what a lovely song, and such a gorgeous and fitting necklace-as-tribute! Those flowers are sweet and lovely.

Stephani Gorman said...

Beautiful stephonotis (sp?) in your design and lovely music!

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Wow - love the polymer clay flowers and how you incorporated them in the necklace. Wonderful piece!

Cynthia said...

Beautiful flowers - and lei! Thanks for sharing this. It makes me want to take a vacation!

Shaiha said...

What a gorgeous necklace and a wonderful introduction to a culture. I also love the idea of the two way toggle clasp.

Marcie Abney said...

I love love love the flowers! Such great colors for spring, and thanks for the mini-window into another culture!

Jennifer said...

I love that piece of music. Soothing. And your necklace is well suited to it. Nice job!

beth hemmila of hint jewelry said...

I love classical guitar music and this song is so sweet and tender! Choosing the flowers goes perfectly with the feel of being welcomed to a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing this music and your vision wiht me. xoxo Beth

LJ said...

Lovely jewellery and beautifully insprired by the music.
Thank you for introducing me to the piece and explaining a little about Filipino culture - very interesting!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

This is so beautiful! Thank you so much for telling us more about Filipino culture and music!

Maneki said...

Beautiful necklace! Really like your sweet white flowers. So pretty!

And the music, it's so lovely! It reminds me of some spanish composers that composed for guitar (but that might be because almost all -- which isn't that much -- classical music for guitar I've heard have been spanish. Or maybe there is a link? Wasn't the Philippines under spanish or portugese rule in the old days?)

Pixiloo said...

Just wow! Your flowers just take my breath away. I have never listened to Filipino music and am so happy to have discovered such a wonderful song. Thank you so much for sharing your necklace and introducing me to a wonderful new type of music.

adlinah said...

Your polymer clay flowers are darling - it's a beautiful necklace.

TesoriTrovati said...

Miss Michelle! What a beautiful piece of music you chose. I have a fondness for guitar solos like this. I have never heard this song. It reminds me of music that my grandmother would play on the stereo. I have a sense of floating and drifting with the ebb and flow of this music and I love that it is named for a sweet and sultry little flower. Your modern twist on the traditional flower lei is so well executed. I am so happy that you chose to take time to be a part of this fun challenge. I am learning so much about all of you through your music! Enjoy the day!
Erin

Lola said...

Thank you for sharing that lovely song with us ... so beautiful. Your necklace is absolutely stunning ... your polymer work is amazing.

steufel said...

What a romantic piece. LOVELY!

Emakaye said...

Beautiful music and a beautiful necklace. You captured it! Your piece is contemporary yet reflects the traditional lei.

Therese's Treasures said...

Michelle,
Your necklace is as beautiful as the music coming from the guitar. I love the sweet little white flowers you made they look like they are drifting slowly to the ground.
Therese

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

What a beautiful necklace. The flowers that you made are stunning, well done! I also really like the two-way toggle aspect, very creative idea.

Bobbie said...

So pretty! The flowers are lovely, and it really captures the feeling of a lei, with a great contemporary twist.