Cysgod y Coed – a glass screen for Family Housing Association (Wales)
Rachel Phillips and I were commissioned by The Family Housing Association (Wales) to make a glass screen for the restaurant and lounge at the new ‘Homes for Life’ development in Crymych, Pembrokeshire.
The inspiration for the work came from a desire to bring the landscape of Pembrokeshire in to the building and to introduce artwork by local people to personalize the space. We decided on a theme based on tree and plant shapes, and designed the piece to change with the light throughout the day and provide interest and stimulation for staff, visitors and residents.
I ran a workshop with pupils at Ysgol y Frenni, Crymych where the children made drawings from the environment around the school and made leaf and fern print from material gathered locally. Rachel and I then made own drawings and studies and directly incorporated the children’s fern prints into the design which was sandblasted on two layers and incorporated into eight double glazed units.
It is really fantastic to have had the opportunity to make work for this fantastic new facility for elderly and vulnerable adults in our community.