zaterdag 17 oktober 2015

1st Annual - Danse Macabre Blog Hop - 17th. October 2015
Dear Lee, our hostess, thank you so much for organizing this special Blog Hop so well,
in spite of your health issues, you did a great job. Wishing you all the best!

For all my American / English  FB-Friends, this will be a very awkward  blog post maybe...
Where’s the special Halloween part, the pumpkins, the skulls, spider webs?

Well, here in The Netherlands we don’t (yet) celebrate it in that spectacular, playful
and colourful way as in other parts of the world…  So nothing like that today!

Danse Macabre a Chapelle in Brittany painted between1483 and 1501
I did some research into history (-: According to the legend, "Death" appears at
midnight every year on 
Halloween. “Death” calls for the dead from their 
graves to
dance for him while he plays his 
fiddle  (represented by a solo violin).
His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return
to their graves until the next year…
“Death” dances with everybody, the rich and the poor, a queen, a maid, a pope,
emperor, a king, child, and a labourer...

Danse Macabreis a  piece of orchestral music, written in 1874 by the French
composer Camille Saint-Saƫns. I
t is an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on
the universality of death: no matter one's station in life, the Dance of Death
unites all. Produced to remind people of the fragility of their lives and
how vain were the glories of earthly life.


That was my inspiration for designing a little little bracelet…


I used some pearls, ruby’s, moonstone, lapis lazuli and sapphire to represent a queen or a king,
pewter, lava stone and copper bead caps to represent the maid
and some small pearls for the child…
Because of role of the violin, I mixed a little sterling silver one in my design.
Enjoy the music of Danse Macabre and my bracelet!

And have a Wonderful Happy Halloween!
Here's the list with names ☼ of the other ☼ designers ☼

Lee Koopman                           Strega Jewellry  - our hostess
Sam Waghorn                           Pale Moon Creations
Dini Bruinsma                            Angaza by Changes That's me
Mowse Doyle                              Mouse Made This
Lori Blanchard                            Alainn Jewelry
Robin Showstack                        The Crazy Bead Hoarder
Amy Jorgensen                           Hoarders Corner
Nan Smith                                    Wired Nan
Tammy Adams                             Paisley Lizard
Catherine King                              Catherine’s Musings
Michelle McCarthy                         Firefly Designs Studio
Betony Maiden                             Beadwenches Blog
Becca White                                  Morgana Fey Creations
Kim Dworak                                   Cianci Blue
Tami Norris                                   Tamis Creative Spot
Inge Von Roos                               Inge’s Blog
Terry Jeanette Carter                    Tapping Flamingo
Deb Fortin                                       Mhoti Studio
Melissa Trudinger                           Bead Recipes


10 opmerkingen:

  1. so sorry this is in English.. Thanks for sharing a bit of the history of Danse Macabre. I love the symbolism in your design. I adore the pearls with the crystals encircling them. It may sound strange but I think this would be a fabulous wedding bracelet. Just don't tell the bride the symbolism.

  2. Your bracelet is beautiful. Your choice of beads and how they reflect the symbolism of the theme is perfect.

  3. I love the beautiful stones you chose. They are perfect for the meaning behind their beauty. This bracelet is like a little secret. You could wear it and be aware of the great meaning behind it while others admire it simply for its beauty. It would be a silent reminder to embrace life to the fullest! Beautiful!

  4. What a beautiful bracelet! And don't feel bad about not having Halloween. I still miss the holidays and festivals that the Dutch do have.

  5. That is a stunning bracelet! i adore all the research you did to show the inspiration.

  6. Beautiful bracelet, I like how you incorporated the theme into your finished piece.

  7. Much more interesting than pumpkins. A beautiful, thoughtful piece.

  8. I enjoy your posts so much! There's always what to learn. And the idea behind the bracelet, representing all the "characters" of this tradition, is so unique!