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Here’s a new woven scarf designed by Donna McNett using a photograph of the stenciled wall inside Trinity Church. Available now in the shop. It’s meant to be worn but I do love how the light shines through.

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new cuff bracelet available at the shop at Trinity Church

The it I’m referring to is my creative process.  I was (and still am) one of those children who’d get caught staring off into the distance most often through a window. When asked what I was looking at or for, I could never really say. It wasn’t so much that I was seeking as waiting. At some point, not always, but sometimes, something would crystallize and I would see what I had not before. And its those little finds that I try to highlight in my photography or expand upon in my writing. The same sensibility holds true in the design work I now do.

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For years I’ve had the pleasure of walking past this window at Trinity Church, staring through clear panes, admiring how the light shines through the decorative glass and temporarily paints the floor inside. When surrounded by so many other rich architectural details as one is at Trinity Church, I began to take this lovely but comparably simple window for granted.DSCN7868

But one day I took respite by the window. I leaned against the staircase and simply stared outside.  Then, I don’t really know why except perhaps because the light dramatically changed in some way, I began to look at the window itself, as a whole composed of an assortment of geometric parts and that’s when I saw it. Or it found me. A pattern to play with or in this case to recreate using GIMP.

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The “new” pattern that evolved can so far be found on a cuff bracelet, pencil pouch and pen, all available exclusively at the shop at Trinity Church. https://www.facebook.com/TrinityBostonShop/

 

 

 

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Restock of the Purity silk chiffon scarf arrived in the mail today just as the sun began to set. Beautiful light shining through the window fell upon the fabric. The design is inspired by details from the stained glass window by John La Farge. The scarf will be available at the shop at Trinity Church. In the works … a design based on the church’s painted ceiling. Stay tuned!

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One image, a photograph of a window pane, then scaled and scaled again to create a whole new pattern.

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These are currently available at the gift shop located in the Welcome Center at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

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While Mondrian came to mind once I stared at the image on the screen, it was in fact the 19th century glass decorator and stained glass designer Samuel West who inspired this work done in GIMP.

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It is a work in progress. Perhaps the first of a coaster set. Maybe the beginning of a larger design for a scarf. We’ll see. Meanwhile here’s a peek at the decorated window found inside Trinity Church that inspired this flight of creative fancy.

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http://trinitychurchboston.org/art-and-architecture

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a spider’s web by lamplight

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Painter and stained glass designer John LaFarge (1835 – 1910) talked about construction by color in one of his lectures to architecture students. The phrase resonated with me I guess in part because when I am staring at a stained glass window or other architectural feature I am drawn to the colors and see them as building blocks. Now, not everything should be deconstructed and reconstructed, but it has been great fun and an honor to play with the sunlit glass and bold interior paintings at Trinity Church to produce these items that are now available in the church gift shop.

Shop hours are traditionally Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Sunday 1:00 – 4:30 pm. http://trinitychurchboston.org/visit/tours

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