Party Pieces is my first collection of upcycled windows and glass objects painted in permanent glass paint. The collection is an extension of the work I created on our windows at home during Winter Lockdown 2021.
We all missed so many wedding celebrations, birthdays and gatherings. I painted our windows at home with people dancing and shared moments in nature that I was seeing for the first time: Iffley Meadows’ famous Snake’s Head Fritillaries and Hinksey Park’s Damselflies. People’s reactions to the paintings kept me working. Seeing the window of celebrations, the neighbours said they wanted a party out in the street.
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My window art began when I was furloughed from The Story Museum. I shared pages from my personal library of stories in our bay window. People on their walks stopped to read our window at home. Children were coming to the windows in search of the next story. We held conversations through the open window.
Drawing from my work as a storyteller and children’s book illustrator, I painted moments, awareness days, observations and recreated folk stories and fairytales. Gouache is not a waterproof or condensation proof medium. So I started with a clean window everyday. I learned to paint quickly and write in reverse.
Our windows face South and the sun was the perfect light source. My Three Beautiful Swans flew through the reflections of clouds. Sunlight fell on my Lady Of Lake Street.
I knew Spring had arrived and the end of Lockdown was getting closer. I had to wear sunglasses and play with the window blinds to dodge the direct sun.
I photographed 177 of my window paintings and shared them on social media (Twitter and Instagram), during the Winter Lockdown 2021. I created a rainbow of colours from the limited paints in my paint box - 2 yellows, 3 blues, 2 reds and Titanium White. I hadn’t replenished my supply since we moved to Oxford in 2017.
I’ve now expanded my palette to use permanent paints on glass.