Advent Windows, 2017
approx. 20 feet wide, 8 windows
Collection of The Grantham Church
This was a Community Art project I designed and coordinated with 25 volunteers from the church helping to glue the glass shards over 8 weeks leading up to Advent 2017.
Advent Windows 2017
In addition to designing the windows, we needed to solve the problem of lighting the windows. We received a generous donation of over 80 LED light tubes from a local firm that deals with MinLeon LED lighting manufactured in China.
WIndow 1: Field of flowers
34 x 38"
This was my first window, made from scraps that were already snipped into random shards for the church project. The small yellow circles were a new shape for me on this one.
Window 2: Vines and Berries
33.5 x 27.5"
For my second window, I was still mostly using left-over shards from the church project, but this was playing with some design that required more curvy, non-triangular shapes Most of this glass is very opaque.
Window 3: Flower Diptych
25.5 x 40"
I was growing in confidence with shaping my glass to fit a preconceived design, so much more of these are chosen for their shapes. Still very mosaic-looking, but more focus on design and color, which parts are translucent vs. opaque.
Window 4: Bouquet
On this window I was not working from a preconceived plan, just random cutting glass pieces and placing them on the window until I liked the design. Some mosaic pieces, but many were specially cut to fit.
Window 5: Burning Bush
34.5 x 48"
This my first attempt to create a window using all the same type of glass. This was German glass, very clear and bright colors, and each piece was specially cut to fit the design.
Window 6: Cherry Blossoms
34.5 x 49"
I saw a similar window and decided to make a copy of it, using the pink cherry blossom petals and deep blue background. I was playing with using the grouted lines as a stronger element of the overall design.
Window 7: Rose Transom Window
36 x 12"
Commissioned for a private collection
This is much smaller than the previous windows, and uses clear, almost white glasses as a contrast to the vivid red roses and green leaves. The inspiration for this was a Charles Rennie Macintosh Art Nouveau rose design
34.5 x 40"
I just completed this window in May 2019, and have not grouted it yet, as the glue has not completely dried. I always love to see the effect of the black lines of grout on the overall finished look off the piece.
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