I have just installed this large window, which I have been working on for the last couple of months. It is just over a metre square and is situated in the lounge/diner of a modern bungalow. The client was keen to obscure the view from the window: an ugly brick wall and as she has a special love of the Island of Tresco a landscape seemed like the perfect solution.
The window has lots of details, to keep the viewer interested over a long period. As well as using a wide range of textures and types of stained glass (from antique, mouth blown glass to modern, machine rolled iridescent water glass) and have acid etched shells into the glass in the border and painted agapanthus (in a mixture of glass enamels and lustre, which were then fired in the kiln) and other natural details in the panel itself.
The window sits in front of a double glazed window, resting on the window sill and is screwed into the window surround with small brackets and thanks to my helpful dad who made a frame for the panel to sit in.
The Tresco panel has transformed the room and because it is visible from the front door, it has added the ‘wow factor’ to the property from the minute you walk in. It was such a dark, grey day today the photos really don’t do the piece credit; but I am assured that in a brief break in the clouds, the sun was shining through the panel and sending colourful blocks of coloured light around the room.
I get quite nervous about delivering work, what if it doesn’t fit? What if they hate it? But it fits perfectly and the client emailed me to say , “Thank you for the beautiful window! As the light is going the colours coming through are stunning-doesn’t show when photo taken-and earlier sitting on the sofa looking at it -wow!” So I can rest easy, phew!
My latest commission has just been delivered! Destined for Smallicome Farm B&B, this panel has lots of symbolism for the family. The scene reflects the gorgeous countryside around their farm, which is nestled in a green valley just outside Honiton, Devon.
The family farm is run by several generations and there were lots of different animals and features they wanted to include. The result is a colourful reflection of the farm and its warm family atmosphere.
As with all my stained glass, I have painted all the features onto the glass and fired them in the kiln (2 whole kiln loads in this window!). There is lots of detail in this panel, from the pigs which are part of their company logo to the tiny bird on the apple basket. They run a mixed farm and the sheep and cows on the hill reflect this. I am especially pleased with how the tree has come out, the glass for this is 30 years old and is a lovely dark amber.
I have then leaded the panel using traditional leading techniques and it is going to be the central panel in a triple glazed wooden window unit. The panel celebrates the conclusion of their extensive restoration project and is going into a bricked up door. This makes a great back lit feature to the farm reception area, so when people arrive at night they are given a little slice of colour and it is a great feature for the families private living room on the other side. Because it is going into a glazed unit its going to be well insulated! Honiton Joinery are making up the glazed unit.
I am excited to be one of nine artists exhibiting at the beautiful Yarner wood reserve as part of this years Devon Open studios (venue 84). Refreshments and toilet facilities are available at the Woodland Centre on saturday 7th and Sunday 8th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm daily. The trail is accessible during the event on other days but some installations will not be switched on and the Woodland Centre will be closed.The wood dates back many centuries and is recognized as an internationally important example of Western Oak woodland. It is a great place for lichens and mosses which thrive in the damp conditions and for birds and butterflies. The woods have had a long history of human involvement from the charcoal coppicing centuries ago to copper mining and Victorian planting, and more recently, for public access and for education and research.
The Heathercombe EDGE Sculpture Trail is an annual arts event sited in the beautiful Fairy Wood at Heathercombe, Manaton, Dartmoor. Running Saturday 7th – Sunday 29th September. Open daily 11am – 5.30pm except Mondays. Adults: £5 Child: £2.50 Concessions £3.
A maritime themed exhibition at Torre Abbey. Open daily (except Mondays and Tuesdays) from 10-5pm. The exhibition has been supported by Creative Torbay, Torbay Council and Devon Artist Network.
The Hatherleigh festival runs from the 25th to 28th July 2013. I am pleased to be exhibiting as part of this festival in a beautiful mid-Devon village. What better way to spend a summer weekend.
The inspiring Teignmouth recycled art in the landscape sculpture TRAIL 2013 is now installed along the sea front until 5th September, a great thing to visit with the kids at this beautiful south Devon coast town. Regulars will know that I have contributed pieces to this great annual event for a number of years now. This year I was inspired by the sight of a non-biodegradable carrier bag on the beach, and have crocheted old carrier bags into a giant squid, complete with a couple of old Barbie doll victims.
A selection of my work is now available in the lovely new Thelma Hulbert Gallery affordable art shop in Honiton.