Trending Articles

Friends of SOAR

For great posts about the business of art, check out The Artsy Shark HERE! reviews competitions and appeals seeking creative content, listing those that respect your copyrights and highlighting those that don't. Art Matters! publishes calls to artists, and not all of them may be compliant with ABoR's standards. Visit their site to learn more.
We support the Embedded Metadata Manifesto.  Metadata is information such as copyright notice and contact info you can embed in your images to protect your intellectual property, save time when uploading to social sites and promote your art. Click to visit the site and learn more.

Instrument Ink

by Geneva Miller

2 July 2011 ~ A rousing fiddle tune played in an open field sets Amy Shahparast’s feet in motion while her imagination dances a jig. As the creative hand behind Instrument Ink, Shahparast invites fellow artists to combine their love for music and art.

[slidepress gallery=’instrument-ink’]

For Shahparast, the desire to design original instrument art was born of her excitement for music and her love of the natural world. “The best learning I found was just drawing everything around me. How I started doing art on musical instruments was just a simple thought at first, and then I started experimenting on my instruments to see if it would work,” explained the lifelong artist.

Vines climb along a violin’s curve; flowers bloom on the body of a guitar. The face of a bodhran is a perfect playground for dancing mice or doves on the wing. Celtic inspired designs by Shahparast range from simple knots to detailed illustrations. Using ink dyes, she brings a signature touch to each instrument without compromising sound or playability.

Shahparast makes her home and her art in Northern California. Learn more about her work at

Comments are closed.