Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Aloha--Fabric Postcard

(Aloha, Fabric Postcard, 4" x 6")


Looks like a series is developing. After taking the photograph of my hat from yesterday's post, I played with my other Hawaiian objects and photographed them onto the same blue fabric and Lauhala mat. Today's postcard is a photograph of a conch shell which was transferred to fabric. It is machine quilted and machine embroidered. This fabric postcard will be donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

In ancient Hawaii, the sound of the blowing of the conch shells indicated the arrival of royalty. Today the blowing of these shells are frequently used to open and close Hawaiian and Polynesian festivals and shows.

This is a photograph of the smallest of three conch shells we use to open and close our Polynesian shows. The conch shell becomes a musical instrument when a person blows into a hole located on the bottom of the shell. Blowing into the shell like you would a trumpet produces a soothing tone. A beautiful, harmonic sound is produced when different sizes of conch shells are blown simultaneously and the tones overlap each other. This sound usually captivates our audience and transports them into our world of music, songs and dances of Polynesia.

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