Pansies Door Panels
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.