September 2009

Fantasie Series ~ “Lady of Shalott”

The Lady of Shalott by Joh Waterhouse

The Lady of Shalott by John Waterhouse

Luna's Fantasie series "Lady of Shalott"

Luna's Fantasie series "Lady of Shalott"

Few images have captured the mystique of Camelot more brilliantly than John Waterhouse’s Lady of Shalott.

Waterhouse’s art was inspired by a poem of the same name by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892). The poem was particularly popular amongst artists of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, who shared Tennyson’s interest in Arthuriana; several of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood made paintings based on episodes from the poem.

Here are some other artistic interpretations of Tennyson’s poem by Pre-Raphaelite artists.

Lady of Shalott by Daniel Gabriel Rossetti

Lady of Shalott by Daniel Gabriel Rossetti

Lady of Shalott by John Waterhouse

Lady of Shalott by John Waterhouse

Lady of Shalott by John Grimshaw

Lady of Shalott by John Grimshaw

Lady of Shalott by Sidney Meteyard

Lady of Shalott by Sidney Meteyard

Lady of Shalott by Donato Gianola

Lady of Shalott by Donato Gianola

Lady of Shalott by John Waterhouse

Lady of Shalott by John Waterhouse

Lady of Shalott by Holman Hunt

Lady of Shalott by Holman Hunt

Lady of Shalott by W.E Britten

Lady of Shalott by W.E Britten

Enjoy Loreena McKennitt’s haunting performance of Tennyson’s Lady of Shalott.

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Peace, Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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Incendiary Instruments

Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire

In my post of Sept 2, I wrote about Polynesian body ornamentation that was the inspiration for two of our new Luna ukes pictured above. I used this picture to showcase them because of the obvious juxtaposition of body and instrument ornamentation but I mostly used it because of my fascination with fire dancing. Have I mentioned that incendiary is my favorite word?

This post actually has nothing to do with ukes other than a lame attempt to tie in fire dancing. The element of fire has existed as a part of tribal dancing for ages. What we think of as firedancing is largely influenced by the Maori people of New Zealand (called poi) and more recently a Hawaiian tradition where the element of fire was added to a traditional knife dance. These two “fire poi” videos are among my favorites! They make me fantasize about having fireballs at the ends of my braids! Enjoy!

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Peace,
Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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Playing For Change

Playing for Change

Playing for Change

This is an amazing project, and their mission statement is so similar to the deeply held convictions of Luna Guitars:
From their website: www.playingforchange.com
“Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.”

Because of Playing for Change,
“Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.”

They have 5 stunning videos featuring over 100 musicians around the world with more in the works. Here is their first one that got the ball rolling, and one of my favorites. I have a fantasy of doing the same kind of project with Luna guitars being played by musicians from all parts of the planet! (any sponsors out there?) Enjoy!

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Peace,

Yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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Luna’s Ukes & the Art of Polynesian Tattoo


In Luna’s tradition of using body ornamentation, we feature designs inspired by Hawaiian tattoos on our Tattoo ukes…..the Tattoo soprano pineapple, concert and tenor and the Honu soprano. Traditional Hawaiian designs were monochromatic, tattooed in black against brown skin. The patterns and layout were strongly geometric and there were many shapes and symbols which represented the natural island world: stones, waves, fish, sharks, turtles, rain, sun, birds.

The pineapple, concert and tenor TATTOO designs are primarily based on waves and sharks teeth which are also echoed as fret markers. The HONU soprano is based on a stylized Hawaiian turtle (honu), a symbol of longevity and endurance rendered in a Polynesian tattoo style. Fret markers on this instrument are also inspired by sharks teeth.

The traditional technique used to execute these tattoos is amazing! And looks amazingly painful! Well worth watching.

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Although styles vary from island to island, here are a few illustrations of traditional polynesian body ornamentation along with some contemporary interpretations.






peace,
yvonne www.lunaguitars.com

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