A while ago I started working on a very cool project, a number of windows for two homes right next to each other. The designer on the project is one of my favoritest people in the world, and her clients are always very creative and lots of fun.
The lower home of the two is primarily for the owner’s son, and there were some nice shapes to work with. We had to fill an oval and five narrow rectangles – the oval was about 2′ wide by 3′, and each rectangle was roughly 1-1/2′ wide by about 7′ tall. The designer directed me to allow for some view from the room but people outside couldn’t look in, and she wanted me to do something for the suite of five which lent itself to that number specifically. So, being the sideways thinker, I wanted to do a sun window and the five seasons.
The design on the bottom clear pieces and color areas is made of interlaced circles etched and fired into the glass. The central sun is based on medieval sun illustrations with 13 spokes instead of the typical 12 or 16 (because I have to be different), and I used over 20 different kinds of glass that were mouth blown, very unusual, or re-purposed from much older windows.
The suite of five windows is based on five seasons associated with Feng Shui. Each window incorporates the Feng Shui symbol for the season, the traditional animal and colors, and a cool petroglyph drawn from Utah rock art. The ridge line in the sky scene on each window is the ridge line visible across the valley from the home, and each sky is etched with the alchemical symbol for the season and mother rede lines from an astrolabe (I included those because this home is for the son, and I thought the mother rede lines would help him remember his mom always had her eyes on him).
For the mom’s home, she wanted something which made waking up a fun experience. The designer asked me to come up with something which both hearkened to the owner’s family roots and brought in the arts-and-crafts flavor throughout the home. So I started thinking along the lines of a crazy quilt, but on steroids – using fabric patterns inspired by William Morris and his contemporaries.
We used several different techniques and painting styles, mouth blown and flash glass, and whatever else we could think of to get the feels of the many differing textiles chosen.
What a fun project! And did I mention this designer is one of my favoritest people?