Surprise! I’m back! I have so missed you guys. Even though it seems like I have been lost to the MY Town Friday Shoot-out, I’ve been here, lurking. Watching all your posts and making an occasional comment; keeping track of the topics, but not finding the ambition to actually post. This last week when glass showed as the next topic I felt a surge of interest, of energy, and the next few weeks are all topics I can see myself showing so I thought it a good time to come back and rejoin the (world) group.
Lets talk GLASS - Over the life of ‘Flowers’ I have posted two times about the apartment in Rio. Both times I mentioned the windows but didn’t really talk about the why and how. Now I’d like to go there with you.
Because we looked specifically for an apartment that needed to be refurbished, we found one that was in pretty sad shape. The apartment had nice large windows in each room but being limited by a ‘normal people’ budget, the view from those windows is a blank, rather unpleasant looking wall of the neighboring building. When making our plan for modernizing the apartment it was apparent that we would need to change out the old metal windows and one idea led to the next and we ended up visiting with a small company in Friburgo to find out how much it would cost to have special glass made for the new frames. The idea was to make the windows with scenes from around Rio, creating our own view. The dining area would have an Italian look, tiled steps with old pottery. The small living room would have four panels made of scenes from photos of of Rio, connected by oceans waves which surround the city. The Master bedrooms has what started out to be a woman lying on the beach (a line drawing of mine) but ended up looking like an abstract of the country side – I am sure it is much more appropriate for a bedroom.
Fernando took my photos and drawings, recreated them on heavy paper the size of the windows, cut out the negative space and after we approved the drawings attached the drawing to an extra thick glass and sandblasted the designs to our specs.
[CRISTAL arte decorativa em vidros, by Luiz Fernando Paiva: Alameda Barao de Nova Friburgo, # 129, Olaria: (22) 2522-9578]
I thought it would be interesting for you to see how this process happened. Camillo and I stopped by the Artisan's shop and ask if I could take photos… I was a bit disappointed, there were no projects in the works so I could show drawings taped to the glass – that sort of thing, but they did allow me to take a photo or two….There were a lot of finished orders, I wasn’t able to get good shots for you – they were leaning against other windows and had lite and reflections, but here is small sample of his work if you are in need a decorative window or two.