ARTYchoke is a design study, a series of square stained glass cartoon designs to celebrate the beauty of home-grown crops, herbs, fruits or vegetables. It was achieved in 2018, the year of the studio’s 20th Anniversary. These cartoon designs can be transformed into a bright and colourful stained glass creation for your home or public sites, different sizing or design options are available.
It had all started years ago. In 2005/2008, inspired by the hours spent at my newly acquired allotment _ as I was recovering from a bone marrow transplant _ my plot became the key, the vital part, for reshaping my wellbeing. As a proud beginner gardener, I took regular photo shoots – and continue to do so – on the day the crops arrive as rewards in my home. The photography is a ‘story telling’ of those surprising cherished hours and a means to keep an arty awareness of being thankful for what it added to my plate to heal my body.
ARTYchoke is also a well-being project,
workshops I will run to pass on this approach, playing with the process of stained glass cartoons and traditional painting on glass. It is a statement I have to share about the relationship with our planet and food. One will give time to observe and reshape. It is also built out of the love for flavours, unusual shapes and colours of home grown crops.
ARTYchoke is now more than ever, a desire to ignite that love in other people and share the values, the healing qualities, the well-being gifts, the ethical or spiritual choices that I place in stained glass as an Art & Craft. It appraises food as the precious means to a future for many on planet Earth.
“Glass is in some ways very similar to food. It is a perfect medium to celebrate it; when flooded with light it flourishes and delights with the textures and colours, engulfs the senses and memories with love. It sharpens or refocus our beings, alike feeding oneself.”