Rachel Phillips Glass’ photostream on Flickr.
Yesterday I went to a symposium at Strawberry Hill- a house in south east London that is the gothic confection beloved of Horace Walpole- notorious 18th century collector of art, antiquities and all things curious. I’m blogging about it today as I left there at about 5pm and got back to Pembrokeshire at 1am and am only just recovering! A great range of speakers and other participants made for an extremely interesting and enjoyable day. The house has been extensively restored over the past few years and has a fantastic range of renaissance stained glass throughout- lots of birds and the odd cricket and butterfly!
The study day was hosted by the World Monuments Fund Britain who supported the project and I was excited to hear about one of their other projects, which involves the conservation and display of thousands of glass fragments in storage at Coventry Cathedral. It will be fascinating to see the project unfold. Stained glass rocks!
Link to World Monument Fund/ Coventry Project: http://www.wmf.org.uk/
Strawberry Hill info: http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/
Just been compositing an overall image of our, (Linda Norris and myself, ) windows in Conwy Castle…..the wonders of photoshop! It doesn’t make the windows look any different, it just means I can see them all in one go!
Next stop is to upload information and images onto the main website showing the project as a whole.
So the latest thing I’ve been doing is a panel for the Games exhibition, run by the Swansea School of Glass and the British society of Master Glass Painters. Ive been designing this over the last month or so on the theme of childhood games in the guise of classical greek ceramics- or thereabouts. I want it to be a bit of fun and after initial surface recognition, to surprise anyone who takes the trouble to look further!
Title of Piece:- Games of Old
This piece is based on the idea that play is essential to the human condition, whether it takes the form of classical sporting triumph in the arena or a great game of conkers in the playground.
Games form a large part of our lives, especially in childhood and, whilst they often become organised and ever-so serious as we get older, the ones I really remember as being fabulous were the ones I played when I was young.
To accompany my fresh, crisp new website I thought I would add on a more nuts and bolts page of what’s going on in the studio to accompany any projects…That’s the aim anyway! This is the first entry so not much to see yet but give it a bit of time?