I was approached by The Brantwood Foundation to make stained glass panels for the entrance door of one of their buildings.
Brantwood in Coniston, Cumbria was the home of John Ruskin. A leading art critic and social thinker of the Victorian era. He is better known today for having anticipated the growing interest in environmentalism, sustainability and hand-made crafts.
The brief was to make a design 'in the spirit of Ruskin' and after spending some time in and around the building, I chose for my subject matter local wild flowers and ferns that grow near running water. There is a brook running underneath the path leading up to the house, and this can be heard as you approach the building.
The aim was to represent harmonious growth as the plants grow towards the light in the top section of the panels.