The Evolution of Finger Cymbals & Book Giveaway

Hello Gang!

This weekend I’ve teamed up with Phoenix area belly dancer Mahin for a fun give away.  throughout the month of February, Mahin has been celebrating “Zill Month”  To help her finish the month off in style, we’ve teamed up to do a book giveaway.

The Evolution of Finger Cymbals – Guest post on Mahin’s She’s Got Hips Website

If you haven’t gotten a copy of my latest book Zills: Music on Your Fingertips, or love it and would like to try winning a copy for a friend or family member, visit my guest blog post on Mahin’s site.  The link to enter the contest is at the end.  Three winners will be selected via random number generator.

The winners will be selected on Monday, Feb. 26 and will be notified by Mahin via email.

The Evolution of Finger Cymbals traces the 3000+ year history of our favorite musical instruments.  I take the reader on a historic journey starting with the game-changing technological advance of metallurgy and the discovery of copper smelting.  Through each moment of human advancement in metal sciences, people have made finger cymbals.  If you are interested in finding out what the numbers next to these six zills mean, check out the article here.

Of course, if you just want to pick up a copy of my Zills book, you can grab a copy over on Amazon or on my Etsy store.

I hope you enjoy this article – and I wish you all best of luck in this virtual drawing!

Dawn Devine ~ Davina
Feb. 24, 2017

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Blast from the Past: Costumer’s Notes Magazine

Memories – Oh how time flies when you’re having fun! After my co-author Alisha Westerfeld and I finished up with my book “The Cloth of Egypt: All About Assiut,” we had a great big party!  We also launched a beautiful “behind the scenes” full-color magazine, entitled “Costumer’s Notes: Behind the Seams – The Making of Cloth of Egypt.”    This magazine is free to view and read on the Issuu website.  In addition, Issuu has recently let us know that you can also print it on demand too!  If you like the way it looks and you want a copy for your own bookshelf and reference library, just follow the link on the Issuu website and you can a copy of your own!

My team of collaborators, photographer Alisha Westerfeld and Author Sara Shrapnell and I are contemplating releasing another magazine. We’re taking a long look at this publication and brainstorming what we would like to do next. In the next few weeks, we will be having a series of meetings, and with luck, will be formulating a plan of action to bring another beautiful, informative, full-color digital magazine devoted to our favorite subject, belly dance, to the Issuu website.

In the meantime, take a peek at our last digital magazine! If you like assiut, you will love flipping through the pages. I’m off to brainstorm!

I’m eager to see what happens in 2017!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
Feb. 13, 2017

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High Speed Design – Pinning on Applique

Throughout the month of January, I’ve been working on enhancing my workspace by installing lights and a camera mount over the table to shoot still shots and video from above.  My mission for 2017 is to make video instructionals and digital workshops. My goal is to “show not tell,” and take the content that currently exists in my book, and demonstrate the key concepts in more real-time ways.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve used this bra as my “sample” and have shot probably 20 hours of video of the process of making this bra.  I pinned.  Then I unpinned.  I shot.  Then I reshot.  Making this the most “expensive” bra, in terms of labor, that I’ve ever made!  Figuring out an ideal height for the camera and the amount of light needed were the two biggest technical hurdles.  However, THE most difficult part is learning to keep my hands and the costume in the frame.

So this is my first video of me in the process of designing an assiut bra.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll have more clips of this bra under construction right up to the finished product.  While I am positive these videos will be a little rough around the edges, I hope you enjoy them!  And now, I’m off to sew – which has now become code for – “make a video!”

To 2017 Goals in Dance and Costuming!
Dawn Devine ~ Davina
February 6, 2017

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