Wittnessing LIVE music has changed my artistic direction and my life.
My younger sister started my art career. She was a polymer clay artist who made beautiful pendants with millefiori canes and crystal points. When she died, I inherited her clay and her Phish Tickets. One day, my boyfriend asked me to make some Phish-Inspired pins, I broke out the polymer and put the tickets on my wall, and the rest is history.
These are the Miami-Inspired, Limited Edition-50 Mili Chip NoNos.
This is my second Phish Pin Series. My first set "dropped" (pin-speak for "were released") in Miami, at the New Year's Run (tour-speak for 3 concerts over the span of a weekend).
Miami is where I became a true Phish Phan.
I went on the summer and fall tours with my boyfriend, and liked it a lot, but I didn't truly understand the obsession until I experienced a live show from 4 rows from the stage.
Trey Anastasio, Leo Page, John Fishman, and Mike Gordon are such charismatic men and wonderful friends, if you are close enough to the stage that you can hear and see them interacting with each other, and with the crowd, you can't help but grin from ear to ear for 3 straight hours.
As a recently converted member, I would have to say that The Phish Community is unlike any other music fan-base I have ever encountered. Their love and dedication to the band, the lyrics, and the characters described in the songs is inspirational. Phish Pins is a group on Facebook who's sole purpose is facilitating the buying and selling of Phish song-related lapel pins. After my boyfriend joined this group, and began buying pins, he asked me to make some NoNos out of polymer clay. (the "NoNo" is the fish-shaped logo that says PHISH inside it).
At first, I was concerned about copyright, but after research, I discovered that it is perfectly acceptable. Like the Grateful Dead before them, Phish encourages their fans to make and sell fan art, as it gives them a means to get to the next show. It has allowed me to get my name and my art out there, and by making something that people already love, I hope to be able to build a fan base and collectors to whom I can sell completely original art.
There are still 20 more pins that I havent released on Facebook yet, so I'm not entering their photos, but this is a giant LIVE MUSIC art project that I have poured a ton of love and care into, and I wanted to share it with the Craftster Community.
Thank you for the opportunity!
Kenleigh, of ShaunShine Studios.