Archive for September, 2009

Making things for weddings.

I’ve never really considered making things specifically for weddings before, it seems to be a very full market and sometimes a bit cheesey! I was pretty burnt out aftermy own diy wedding (5 years ago this month)  doing the invites, for my own wedding. I wrote a list of everyone coming, counted them up and made all 100 of them an invitation. It did not dawn on me till I sat down to right them all out that due to the number of couples and children I only needed to send out around 60 invites, leaving me a lot of spares!

However, a recent commission and friend’s wedding have led me to revisit the world of wedding design and I have found my 2 latest projects challenging and I am happy with the end results.

Gemma and Andy commissioned me to make 2 stained glass picture frames to compliment their wedding photos. When I first started sketching I found it hard not to make my designs to weddingy.  But by using Gemma’s lovely patterned dress as a basis I have created 2 frames I am happy with (to be photographed when I get their photos to put in them). I have never made picture frames before and I found getting the legs on the back right a bit of a nightmare, but now they are finally finished they are going to look great on the sunny window sill for which they are intended.

My husbands old friend from university, Robin, marries Jo this weekend and as a present I have made them a window decoration using the distinctive design on their wedding invitations as a basis. I am really pleased with this design and I have found a great leaf design which I am realived to have finally got right. I have had ideas for Autumn leaf window decorations floating around my head since sketching apple trees whilst staying in a yurt in an orchard (that sounds quite hippy doesnt it?).

So weddings have made me learn to make picture frames and given me a way forward with  a niggling design problem, not bad for a week in my garage.

Red and blue stained glass flower and leaf motif

Red and blue stained glass flower and leaf motif

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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