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Topic: Resin window - stained glass-ish & NOLA-riffic!  (Read 11193 times)
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« on: August 26, 2008 05:45:14 PM »

Something else to commemorate pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans. I know it's getting old, but it's coming up on the 3 year anniversary and it's been on my mind.

First let me say that this was not my idea. A friend of mine makes these and sells at the New Orleans Art Market, for those in the area. She was very excited and supportive when I told her I was making my own. I'm already collecting glass for my next window.

Unfortunately for the first section I poured I used fiberglass resin, which apparently isn't clear and doesn't dry clear, like I was hoping. crap. I'm using it as a metaphor for the floodwaters from Katrina, although I might knock those sections out and do something new.

Are you guys starting to get an idea of what my house looks like?

Here's the final product:

You can see my bed post in this one. Those knobs go great with the window, because they all catch the light. Actually, there are 3 knobs left over from the bed attached to the top of the window.
 I have this scarf in the window because the stucco wall of my neighbor's shed is 3 feet away from my window, and that's all I see.
This was a great way to preserve all those little things I've collected over the years.

The arch of nails and screws is a rainbow of rebirth and rebuilding of New Orleans.

The flamingos are just cool, and popped up all over the city outside the FEMA trailers.

The lost keys represent all the empty homes in the city. They are keys to nothing.

This is my favorite--a Napoleon lapel pin and a dead bee; bees were his person emblem and are fast becoming my own.

Here's a shot at night, to give you another idea of the colors.

Quote made on my label maker, from GOGOL BORDELLO, who are coming back to New Orleans in 2 months!

Some detail. The slides are all of my own artwork, much of which was destroyed in the Hurricane.

Here's the window before I poured the resin. If you make one of your own, BE SURE to set up your window on some 2x4s before you arrange everything. I had to very carefully lift mine up at the last minute.

The window weighs 20 pounds, and is hanging from chains from the solid window frame.
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2008 06:09:33 PM »

Hey!  What a great original idea!  I just might have to steal the idea of capturing things in a window with resin!  Thanks!!  I love that you put thought and meaning into this as well!  Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2008 06:12:05 PM »

I love your symbolism - especially the keys & screws.
Were all the objects just arranged on the original glass & then the resin poured over it?  About how much resin did you need to embed everything?  It's a great concept & well executed here - I'm not sure I'm ready for a resin project this big!

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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2008 06:25:22 PM »

Amazing!  What an inspirational piece!

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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2008 06:29:16 PM »

that is so cool!

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2008 06:58:43 PM »

this is such a beautiful and meaningful item.
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2008 07:05:49 PM »

Thank is amazing! i love it

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« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2008 07:10:28 PM »

 Grin Awesome!

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« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2008 08:16:55 PM »

I love it. Leave the windows as they are. It's so much about Katrina that the murkyness is so like the pics of the flood water. That's the way I see it. Not as much fun to look at but neither was the subsequent flood waters. A really clever idea. I want to come over to your house and play. You do lots of fun stuff.

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« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008 08:45:14 PM »

This is a wonderful work i ever have seen. How neat you are in all detainling of your work.I think i must learn from you to have one such.
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