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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.

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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 instrumentink.com.

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