Pansies Door Panels

Pansies Door Panels


Pansies door panels, pair of panels with pansy flowers in yellow, red and violet, green glass border, designed by David Kennedy

My Inspiration


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.

My Design


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.