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I’m not sure I quite get Pantone’s “living coral” as Color of the Year but it did engage my brain … like the visual equivalent of a writing prompt … to seek out where that color might already be around me. I haven’t found it (yet) but I did chance upon a photo of decorative glass composed of other lovely pastel shades. And as I stared at that photo I began to imagine what might happen if I continue this new year with my interpretation and expression of John La Farge’s idea of “construction by color.” As you can see in the following slide show, you never know what might happen when you take colors, turn them on their sides, weave them together, shrink and repeat them … and so on and so forth until glass is translated into fabric.

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The scarf, 36 x 36, will soon be available exclusively at the shop at Trinity Church. You can follow the shop facebook page and instagram account to stay on top of this and other items I’m honored to have appear on the shelves.

 

 

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A new scarf designed for the shop at Trinity Church in Boston. It is 36 x 36 making it versatile as do the variety of bright, bold colors. It dresses up the simplest outfit. Coming January 2019. Inspired by the stained glass designer John La Farge.

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You’ll find this original design at the Welcome Center gift shop at Trinity Church in the City of Boston. The source of inspiration is the decorative detail found around the window Purity designed by John La Farge. You can learn more about the shop here.

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Before I leaned over the stairwell to photograph the window, I asked the gentleman at the front desk to listen carefully. If he heard a thud, he should come running. Luckily there was no thud and I was able to photograph an interesting decorative detail from the window, Purity, by John La Farge.

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In the early 1900s, during a lecture to young architecture students, John La Farge made the point that “The use of color in architectural decoration is not mere arrangement of pleasing tints. It is a matter of construction by color.” His philosophy is evidenced throughout Trinity Church. The rich colors and bold patterns he produced provide great inspiration for new custom merchandise from the simplicity of a square coaster to so much more including a green bordered 36 x 36 chiffon scarf, canvas pencil pouch and fountain pen. You’ll be able to find these items on the shelves of the shop at Trinity Church starting in January. Below is a slideshow of how a new pattern evolved from its original source. Hope you enjoy!

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While I missed the glass dresses at Galerie Portheimka, there was another quite stunning exhibit on display. It is actually a permanent display called Glass as Art.

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Learn more here: http://www.museumportheimka.cz/vystava/glass-as-art/

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… I peek in windows. And, thank goodness, I did this day as I walked past the Portheimka Galerie, a glass museum.

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I thought what I saw in the early morning hours was a new exhibit being installed. Unfortunately for me, it was an exhibit being taken down!

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I am grateful for what I did see and to learn of the artist Karen Lamonte. You can view more of her beautiful work on her website: https://www.karenlamonte.com/

And for more information about Portheimka, visit here: http://www.museumportheimka.cz/introduction/

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… this floral detail caught my eyes.

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Borders define and divide space. Depending on context, borders also complement and accentuate that which they surround. And that is the case with the four 19th century stained glass windows at Trinity Church designed by Burlison and Grylls, of London, England.

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The four windows, located along two walls, purchased by four different families in honor of loved ones, depict in rich dark colors six stories from the bible and other illustrations representing faith, patience, fortitude, charity and hope. While the stories vary quite a bit, from Stephen being stoned as the first Christian martyr to Dorcas wrapping her cloak around someone less fortunate, each is framed by the same bold floral pattern.

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In vibrant yellow gold, black and white, the borders create a sense of unity among the four windows, illuminating the stories across what could have been a very dark length of space. And they provide design inspiration.

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When designing merchandise based on stained glass windows, I tend to deconstruct and then reconstruct. As I sorted through photographs of these windows, I eventually found myself staring at just one flower. And then as I played in GIMP with that one flower it began to grow, and grow, and return to its original self …

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and this visual building would continue until something new emerged … a bold new pattern, derived from a wonderful sunlit border, that celebrates the original beauty, and reveals its own bright story in cloth, glass and ceramic.

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Merchandise bearing this pattern, including silk chiffon scarf and coaster, will soon be available at the gift shop in Trinity Church located in Copley Square. Meanwhile, see the church windows and their glorious border for yourself. Tour information available here: https://trinitychurchboston.org/visit/tours

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