World War One Memorial’s Unveiled

 

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I have been working on three public commission War Memorials  over several years and this week saw all 3 of them launch; ahead of the Remembrance events on Sunday 11th November. I have found these commissions fascinating and it has been a poignant experience and I am honoured to be part of the centenary 

 In 2014, I was commissioned by Devon Remembers to work with Teignmouth Community School year 7’s to create a war memorial inspired by the experiences of the people on the Teignmouth Home Front (read about it here). I completed the piece a year ago, but it was moved from its usual home in the school reception, to Exeter Cathedral for the 100 year Centenary. 

 

Wealdstone Football Club approached me in 2015 and I worked with them to create a beautiful panel to commemorate

all of the members of the football team lost in combat over both world wars.

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This was a fabulous piece to make as I got to combine the ‘old crafts’ of painting and leading with the modern fusing and photographic firing techniques. Roge Slater from the club made the frame and the work is back lit and on display at the Club. 

My final War Memorial was much closer to home. My colleague Sam Lock and I were approached by the Teignmouth Remembrance Committee  to create a fitting art installation for the centenary of W1. We decided on a make do and mend theme and invited people from Teignmouth and all over the country to join us in making fabric or woollen poppies. The result was 30 metres of net covered in handmade poppies. When we had secured all the hundreds of poppies to the net I went up in the cherry picker and secured them to the top of the lighthouse. Despite very heavy weather the memorial remains in place for Remembrance week and hopefully beyond. Thank you to all the hundreds of people who made poppies for us, from primary school children to octogenarians. This has been a wonderful project and we are so grateful to the town for being so enthusiastic about the project.

Mixing history and art is when I am generally happiest and I have had such a great experience with the 180 students at TCS, the research team at Wealdstone and with my fellow towns people in our little seaside town. I just wish that humans could move beyond remembering the horrors of war to learning from these lessons of history.  

 

 

 

‘Births, Marriages and Deaths,’ help me find photographs for my new artwork

Have you celebrated a major life event at St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth? If so I need your help!!!

St Michael’s have kindly allowed myself and talented artist Rachael Bennett to exhibit our Devon Open Studios 2018 show  (8-22nd September) in the church and we are using the opportunity to make work in response to the history, architecture and landscape of this well loved landmark during the event.

 

For Open studios I am planning to create a large artwork on the social history of the church, so many Teignmouthian’s have passed through the building, in Christening gown, wedding dress or onto their final resting place and I want to explore all the human history of the church during open studios.

My intention is to fire lots of photographic images of people’s christenings, marriages and funerals onto glass and make a stained glass celebrating the history of the church and it’s congregation. 

BUT to make this work I need of photos!  I am asking everyone who has passed through the doors of the church to send me a copy of their favourite photos of these life events.

Did your grandparents get married there?

Did you get married there?

WouImage result for pictures of st michael the archangel teignmouthld you like to remember a special person whose funeral was held there? Have you got photos in your family album that I could scan and add to the artwork? 

I promise to use the images respectfully, to make a gorgeous glass panel celebrating our town’s social history. I intend to have a silent auction on the panel at the end of the event to raise funds for the church repair appeal.

If you already have a digital copy of a photograph you would like to share with me then please email me info@amyorangejuice.co.uk 

Thank you in advance Amy McCarthy 

Series of Fused Panels, architectural glass, inspired by Stanton Macdonald-Wright

Over the years I have made several large panels for a couple with a new build, grand designs style house in Gloucestershire. They are a lovely couple who

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have come back for a second pair of windows to accompany their initial rectangular front door transom light. I made the triangular panels some months ago now, but have been very remiss with my blog. 

I made these panels by fusing crushed up glass ‘frit’ onto a clear glass base layer and they were fired at The Creative Glass Guild in Bristol as they were far to big for my kiln! The triangular panels are just under a meter tall. These are the largest fused things I have ever made, and waiting for the kiln to finish made me feel a bit sick, as so much can go wrong if you get the heating and cooling wrong with big pieces of glass. Anyway, they turns out very well and the clients are very happy too! 

The clients are fans of abstract artist Stanton Macdonad-Wright and the designs are inspired by his work. 

New stained glass for a historic house

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”

Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window

This large stained glass window has left for its new home today; it is an internal window between two rooms and has added a great feature to their renovation. The iridescent clear glass allows lots of light to flood into the other room and allowed me to use strong rich red, green and blue glass without compromising the light.  Continue reading “Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window”

Fragile Knowledge, Exeter Library Rare Book Commission for Art Week Exeter

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”