Today I’m packing a bathroom window ready for shipping to Houston, Texas! It’s my first international commission so I’m pretty excited about it. The client came to my studio this weekend to see it for the first time and was suitably pleased. Phew! These photos of the window panel propped up in my studio show how it changes under different lighting conditions. This is a quality that is central to my work. I strive to create artworks that are constantly changing with the varying lighting conditions, whether that be natural sunlight or artificial. The window is made from a single sheet of mirror with sandblasting front and back to create the tree silhouette imagery.


Areas of clear glass glint and reflect the light from the studio window.


Back-lit by daylight the silver mirror branches appear silhouetted. Sandblasted branches on the front glass surface create a layer of subtle grey tone.

Front sandblasting over the silhouetted mirror branch creates a soft blurry image. Crisp sections are visible through branch shapes left as clear shiny glass.

The glass against a dark wall simulates a night-time view. The piece does a light to dark reversal. The silver mirror branch now reflects internal light and appears white on a dark background.

Thanks to Jason fromĀ Sign Experience, Scarborough, for help with the vinyl sandblasting masks.



This article has 4 comments

  1. Patricia Reply

    The window is amazing. I hope the new owner will send photos of the window after it is installed! Congratulations on a successful commission.

  2. Rachel Reply

    Thanks Patricia, I’ll make sure I get a nice pic after installation.

    • kaite Reply

      well do you have a architectural glass that uses geometry design its for my project in geometry we have to choose an artist and i chose you

      • Rachel Reply

        Hi Kaite,
        Firstly, apologies for not replying to your question for so long – I’m afraid I haven’t been logging into my blog very often lately! No doubt I’m too late and I expect you’ve probably finished your project already.
        I don’t think I would have been much use to you anyway, as I’m afraid I haven’t done any architectural glass projects that use geometric designs.
        I hope your project went well, thank you for considering me as an artist to choose.
        best wishes

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