Struck by the sometimes disappointingly ugly methods city dwellers are forced to contrive to prevent passers-by looking in through their windows, Harriet has used her skill in harnessing the designs of nature to create a beautiful yet practical solution. Her glass panels are made of sturdy toughened, bevel-edged glass cut to order. She then uses lead strips to create the outlines of the design, and to create reservoirs for the paint. Specialized glass paint in a variety of opacities and tones is then used to create the individual one-off pieces. The designs work from both sides, and clients can choose which side they prefer the lead to be on. In most cases this is outward facing, but some (such as the first-floor commission of irises seen on the homepage) are inward facing. It is also possible to create panels that replace existing panes of outside glass - for these the lead must be on the inside.
The beauty of this medium is that it allows for a very great level of freedom of design. The effect in terms of light is similar to stained glass, but is not hampered by the limitations of attachment of the pieces of glass or the difficulty of producing variations in line width and very fine detail. The lead can be manipulated, carved and cut to create the desired effect. Huge areas and free-standing design elements pose no problem, and the panels are extremely strong and durable. Care must be taken during cleaning, nevertheless, to avoid damaging the painted surfaces.
Commissions are planned and executed in close cooperation with the client. Harriet can provide great flexibility in fulfilling the client's desires: she is happy to work with very loose or very specific briefs. The level of opacity can be varied according to the window's purpose: do you want to be able to see out? Should it block view completely or just provide a visual barrier? She is happy to cater towards the style of a house (e.g. fitting in well with an Art Deco period house, whilst still being a completely original design) and/or work according to a client's particular desire for, say, a certain colour or a certain flower.
There are two separate parts of a commission: the design and the execution, and these are charged separately - the former as a fixed fee, and the latter per hours of labour and expenses. After an initial discussion with a client, Harriet will produce an estimate, and a draft design, with suggested paint samples. This design is presented both A3 and life-size, enabling the client to look at the design in situ. Once the design and colours have been agreed, the execution of the window will begin, and be calculated per hour of labour. For a large commission, it may be necessary to have two invoices, in order to make the ordering of a large quantity of materials possible.
Prices start at about €250 for a pendant panel.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of a commission, please do not hesitate to contact me on email@example.com