I’ve not blogged for ages,…if I’m honest it’s because I’ve been having a dalliance with Facebook and the wondrous Instagram with regards to work photos …..and they are very good for immediacy but I’ve realized that the website is the best place to collate and reflect on finished work and be a gallery for these things as they are completed as, inevitably, I get drawn into other things as time moves on and forget to draw a line under each project.
So I sit down, at the start of this new year of 2018, to dust off my website and recollect the things that have happened since I last passed this way. I shall be attempting to stock the shelves with in-date items, throw away a few mouldy ones and bring myself up to the present and integrate the wonderful worlds of social media to make things a bit more streamlined. Hoorah!! So for now, as I have just been talking to someone about the joys of commissioning a stained glass piece as a gift, here is a little you tube film I put together tonight about a panel I was commissioned to do in 2016 that never really got documented………
Yesterday saw the successful installation of four new windows for St Benedict’s Church in Clydach, Swansea. The windows were commissioned on the theme of four Welsh Saints:
St Non, Dewi Sant (St David), St Gwenffrewi (St Winifred) and St Telio
I designed some windows for this church 10 years ago, the Windows of Compassion series, and it’s a privilegeto be asked to make another contribution to the building.
Each window uses symbols of its Saint: the planting and patronage of fruit trees by St Teilo and his riding of a stag to claim land; the plan of the Holy Well of St Gwenffrewi with symbols of her matyrdom, the stone arch of St Non’s Well in Pembrokeshire containing her Cross and the lightning that, legend has it, raged during the storm into which St David/Dewi Sant was born.Finally, St David’s window contains his classic symbol, the leek, as well as the mound that ‘arose’ to facilitate his preaching and a representation of St David’s Cathedral, site of extensive pilgrimmage.
I had a great day recently at a Wire Workshop with Julia Griffith Jones at Narberth Museum. She uses wire to create fantastic three- dimensional drawings and often translates textile motifs into this medium.
After an introduction to her work and the techniques involved, the group had a go. It’s a very interesting technique and I’m looking forward to seeing how it combines with glass/light etc. (Shadows are very interesting!)
Inspired by Jacobean Crewel, a style of embroidery developed in the 17th century that was influenced by exotic flora and fauna found on imported Indian chintzes, ‘First Flowering’ is a limited edition of 11 recently completed prints.
An image of each individual print can be found on a new page in my gallery called ‘First Flowering Prints’ , so anyone who is interested in them can have a good look!!