"Translating fabric design into glass proved quite a challenge and I approached the project as an opportunity to explore more of the technical aspects involved in glass fusing and kiln forming. After searching the archive database I decided to concentrate on two designs. Once I’d made my decision I embarked on the longexperimental process to realise my concepts in glass format.
I wanted to celebrate Bradford’s rich ethnicity and culture and was fascinated to discover that the Turkey Red designs (Society of Dyers & Colourists Collection) were produced using a discharge method contrasting to the traditional Batik process that I’d seen on a trip to Sri Lanka. Both methods produce results laden with symbolism.
Peacock feathers are a perfect project for a glass maker as the iridescent effect can be described using a combination of iridised and dichroic glass.
In contrast, the rich and opulent nature of the Denholme Velvets Collection with its often neutral palette was very appealing as it is both subtle and striking, and understated but bold.
It’s easy to see why this design continues to be popular to this day. The fabric itself creates interest by appearing differently depending on which angle it is viewed and on the level of daylight. This effect can similarly be portrayed in glass."