My last post documented the start of my Heritage Lottery Fund Project with St Michael the Archangel Church, Teignmouth.
Please click here to see the last post explaining the restoration
For the second part of my project, I took my stained glass window templates to Teignmouth Community School, Mill Lane and worked with Miss Radford and Miss Goodwin’s year 4/5 classes over two afternoons.
After a brief history and explanation of stained glass – I got the children working on their task, to design a stained glass window with a message to the world about something they cared about. As stained glass windows were the picture books of their time, conveying messages, to support the bible stories of the Vicar sermons. The pupils of Mill Lane were ALL about saving the planet, the windows reflect their frustrations and fears about plastic pollution and endangered animals. Some were about commemorating war and some were to do with commemorating dead relatives and promoting charities like cancer care charities.
Thank you so much to the pupils and staff at Mill Lane for their hard work and enthusiasm. I hope you agree their pictures are delightful. Here is a selection of them.
I will begin hanging them all at St Michaels church in the next week and then all the children and their families can come and see their art exhibition. Several of the designs will be turned into larger banners for the church to display into the future.
Really enjoyed making these two large stained glass panels for a historic house in Teignmouth. The house already had a beautiful, large original stained glass windows. Some of which were skillfully painted in the high Victorian style. I took inspiration from details of these original windows and some inspiration from a Medieval book of medicinal plants called ‘The New Herbal’ from the 1530’s (in Exeter Library Rare Book Collection) with its many woodcut images of plants. Continue reading “New stained glass for a historic house”
This commission is destined for an internal window of a house overlooking Hay Tor on Dartmoor. It has lots of painted details, including a special gate, poppies and some of the ubiquitous Dartmoor ponies too! Continue reading “Rural Dartmoor, stained glass window”
I have been working away on this cabinet of curiosity for Exeter Library, as part of Art Week Exeter. Exeter Library has a a fantastic collection of early and rare books and they have a new scheme to get people to adopt a book from the collection to pay for the restoration of these ancient books. Continue reading “Fragile Knowledge, Exeter Library Rare Book Commission for Art Week Exeter”
It’s hard to know where to start explaining this artwork, its by far the most personal thing I have produced. Continue reading “A World Without”
Went to install my new panel in the woods at the annual sculpture trail at High Heathercombe Centre
EDGE is an outdoor sculpture trail on Dartmoor and is set in a woodland with a stream running through. The theme this year is Renewal.
I haven’t tried to hang a stained glass window in the woods before and I really like how it looks suspended in the trees. Stained glass is usually in such solid stone and brick built openings and its quite different looking at it just suspended in the air.
The panel mixes fused glass and traditional stained glass painting and leading. Its in a very sturdyy frame, so lets hope it survives the Dartmoor Weather! Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast this week, so fingers crossed.
I don’t usually add text to my own work, but I have written a little bit of text that goes around the edge. No idea where this new found poetic streak has come from!
The panel is called Woodland Education and the words say
Gazing up, at the lacework sky of leaves,
‘Is that all?’, she sighed.
‘Oh no’, hushed the trees in wolfish reply.
‘You Can Always Try Again’.
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.
My work is on show at Exeter Gloss Gallery as part of their summer exhibition – Devon Artist Network and the Art of Colour. The exhibition focuses on how artists use colour to capture the drama and beauty of Devon and Cornwall Landscapes, it features the work of over twenty artists to create a beautifully varied display. Until 24th August.
I’ll be opening the doors of my studio as part of Exeter Open Studios event Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March. It looks like it is going to be an excellent Open Studios event with lots of local artists opening their doors to the local public, so if you are in the Exeter area please do come and say hello. There is also an opening event at Gloss gallery 6-9 on the evening of Thursday 21st.