I like to create designs as personal as possible in cooperation with the client. In this case he is a special client in a very special place. I made the glass stained window with the remains of a small church window. The church was called IOCHDAR (South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland) and the broken window was in pieces on the ground. Recycling some of these pieces and the views from the window where the window was to be fitted (B&B Bagh Alluin Isle of Baleshare North Uist) inspired the design. I discovered that Celtic and Moorish decor have a lot in common and I found a way to tie them together in the glass stained window. Now the glass is in an iron structure and it has been reborn.
A FAMILY MEAL IN THE CAMPO and POPPIES
Two windows in one house. For the first stained glass window the client brought a small image from a long time ago. It showed his family in their ´campo¨, but one brother was missing who had taken the photo. The client wanted to incorporate the brother, his dog and the donkey into the window. A beautiful memory of the past and also a tribute to his parents. A united family with five children. For the second window, the clients' wife saw an Aracena TV broadcast about my work. In it she saw different designs and one was with poppies, which became the starting point for the second stained glass window. Because the two stained glass windows were going to be located in the living room, they both incorporate poppies to complement each other. The same type of glass (called blown glass) and colours were also use for both windows to ensure a connection between the windows.
This window is located in the Netherlands with Pieter and Ingrid. They have been visiting Spain for years and they love the Aracena way of life and its people.
The idea of PIETER and INGRID was a showcase: 'A stained glass window with bright blue, red and yellow colours, and two symbols: the bull of Spain and the tulip of Holland’.
Without initially realising it turned out these symbols have deeper meanings:
EL TORO, according to Arturo Di Modica, a symbol for ´a bull market´ a positive sign in bad economic times.
THE MOON is often depicted as a feminine symbol.
EL TULIPAN, symbol in the 16th century for power and wealth.
I thought to bring these elements together into a fairy tail or a dream. Not sure if it was the dream of the bull or a dream from the new owners :-)
TWO PERSONALITIES, TWO WINDOWS
These two windows are located in the The Hague, Netherlands, in a house designed by a Belgian architect.
The clients, Krijn and Bertus, had left me completely free to create the design.
The house has five floors and the windows are placed on the second floor where the living room is located with a balcony overlooking the park.
I sketched about 10 very different designs whilst I was on a Scottish island called Baleshare. Krijn en Bertus like to stay there for holidays and have been visiting for many years to enjoy the peace and beauty of the landscape and the beaches. This environment inspired me in making the designs.
Each had their own preferred design as well as two designs that they both liked.
I chose to proceed with the two preferred designs which were quite different and so the challenge for me was to make them work together. I was conscious to maintain the design's individual identity but by using similar colours and glass type and adjusting the composition within each window I think they complement each other very well despite their individualism.
After a major conversion of both the patio and kitchen, my clients Jan and Thea selected a colorful window which had something to say about the origin of the house. This dictated colours of green, purple and orange, but no primary colours. The window had to represent something that grew, flourished and united. A symbol that Jan and Thea lived in their children, grandchildren and beyond. The window is placed in the new modern style kitchen with a view of the patio furnished with modern furniture.
My choice was to use blown glass including Lamberts due to the beautiful colors and transparency of this glass.
Within the 'roots’ of the tree are the names and dates of birth of both sets of deceased parents. Beautiful old traditional Dutch names: CIS, RIEK, NETJE and THÉ.
The glass stained window honours family life and eternity.
For my own house I made the 180cm by 190cm ‘Appeltern' window.
It is an ode to my parents and perhaps to all parents. I did not know my mother as she passed away when I was one years old. Seeing the few photos of my first year of life, and especially the surroundings, I got to know my mother better. The window is 'close / closed' in various ways. It is also literally close to the dining room table, therefore I opted for an uneducated color and design you can look at and through.
COURTYARD OF THE HOUSE EL ZUECO
The six windows are situated in old doors that give access to a storage room, located below the pool terrace and that open to the patio. For these windows I made a design painting plants you will find in the surrounding gardens and birds and small insects found around my house. The doors now function at night as an outside light on the patio for clients to enjoy El Zueco.