The Sacred Sea, a journey completed.

Jan 10 2021
Edd Johannemann

So you’ve signed a contract to commission artwork?

Once a contract has been signed, the real collaboration begins. In the example we’ve been discussing in this blog series, I began work on the project by doing some research on Japanese block prints, aesthetics and culture.  Reflecting on what was learned, I created a draft sketch of the panel. This preliminary sketch was shared and discussed with the collector to insure that we were headed in a right direction. In this instance my collector liked the sketch and agreed we should proceed. I began creating a pattern for the collector to again review. Though this may seem to be a redundant step, I find that it saves time and frustration in the collaborative process. The most time consuming part of building a stained glass panel is creating the pattern, or cartoon as it is known among glass artists. Sketching an idea is a relatively quick exercise. Adapting the sketch into a pattern that can actually be built in glass is much more time consuming and complex. The pattern literally serves as the blueprint for construction. As work on the pattern progressed, I selected a pallet of glass colors and textures and chose the wood for the frame. After completing these tasks the collector and I had another conversation to insure the project was still on track. In this instance, the collector was happy with the pattern and selections of glass and wood. 

After receiving the client’s approval I began building the panel.  The collector was kept updated as work progressed. Once completed, an artwork that both the collector and I could be proud of was delivered.

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