This Deep Red Tulips design is the first in a series of four Gothic framed panels. I had managed to salvage some old gothic frames whilst building my own home. Unable to make use of them in the building I still wanted to renovate and keep them. So I decided to turn them into display pieces for my stained glass. Mounted on some heavy oak bases so they stood upright they were perfect.
This piece of stained glass is imaginative. I made this in the middle of January so had no flowers to look at or photograph. The idea in my head was looking across a field of tulips as you would see them in Amsterdam. I made a full-size template and sketched out some flowers, reducing them in size towards the top of the frame. At this point, I realised I would have to put a border in. This helped to give the impression of them being beyond the window.
Dimensions including the frame : width 375cm x height 1060cm
Interesting Facts and History
Originating in Central Asia tulips became very popular in Turkey. In fact the word “tulip” derives from the Persian word “Tulbent” meaning cheesecloth/gauze. During the late 16th century they were then introduced into the Netherlands. Today the Dutch distribute over a billion tulips all around the globe and there are over 3000 different varieties of tulips.
In Amsterdam National Tulip Day occurs on the third Saturday in January every year. This event, which started in 2011 marks the start of tulip season. Dutch tulip growers set up a temporary garden in Dam Square containing over 200,000 blooms. Visitors can then come along and pick their own bouquet of fresh flowers for free.
The colors of tulips have different meanings attached to them. These Deep Red Tulips symbolise everlasting love, pink means happiness. Purple stands for royalty and yellow joyfulness whilst white ones signify forgiveness.
The inspiration for this Pansies Door Panels design came from the work of Kaffe Fasset. They were my first original designs in stained glass. I had spent many years making Tiffany Lampshades which was a good education in color choice. Something I enjoyed very much but someone else’s designs and I wanted to be original
My interest in art had begun at an early age and I had been drawing for many years before taking up stained glass. My uncle had been a stained glass artist and had passed away at quite a young age, I was 24 at the time. This was my first introduction into the world of stained glass. On seeing my late uncles work I decided that this was what I was going to do. So unable to find any classes I bought myself some basic tools and a “How To Book” which I still have. This was trial and error and it took me years to perfect the skills needed.
On to my design and I have to say I found this quite difficult to do. I started by making a full-size template of one of the panels. Next, I did a rough sketch of my idea and from there I turned it into a pattern. This is what I would use to cut out my glass pieces. I concentrated on the shapes and colors of the flowers, cramming them together. There was no room for foliage so I decided to introduce a border to get some green around the flowers. Happy with my drawing at this point I flipped the pattern over to make a “pair”. By cutting both panels out at the same time I was able to mix up the colors of the flowers. This gives the effect of two different panels rather than a pair.