Wednesday, 4 May 2011
I was given a brief by a Japanese customer; to make a chandelier inspired by music by Harold Budd and Brian Eno - an album called 'The Pearl'. Have a listen, it's on spotify.
It's ambient music, very very clear, well worth a listen if you want to cleanse your head of clutter and thoughts of e-mails and bills etc. and focus on some serious creative efforts. Anyway I knew the client's wife liked green and turquoise but I saw no colour. The sound is like mountain air or water, full of oxygen - no colour! I also knew he'd seen my work in whites and clear and pearl and wanted something different. I panicked a bit at how I would find a solution. At the time I was taken with lilac glass, for years I never found beads in this colour then suddenly it appeared and it has a really crisp freshness. I put it with clear and opal and some rough crystal quartz chunks and happily it all seemed to come together, reflect the sound mood and most of all please my customers. To date it's the only musical commission I've had - I was thrilled to be given such a task.