Balanced Asymmetry

stained glass clear texture window created by Jill Tarabar for her home in southeastern pennsylvaniaDuring a recent home redecorating project, we widened the doorway between our living room and dining room in order to allow light to flow through and give each room a more open feel. As part of the project, we created a space specifically for a stained glass window. The window adds a little separation between the rooms whole still allowing light to flow from the brighter dining room into the north facing living room.

I’ve always been fascinated by the play of geometric shapes and the challenge of designing balanced asymmetry. The exposed top and side edges of the window are irregular in shape, allowing the circle and line design to flow naturally.

To create the window, I used a variety of clear texture glass mixed with clear circle bevels ranging in size from 2” to 6”. The largest circle measures 12” in diameter. We debated adding color but settled on all clear with black backed foil and black patina.

The window measures 28” wide by 56” tall and is mounted in the space on the bottom and wall side in 1” oak framing that is painted to match the wood trim. A small loop and hook hold the top edge in place.

All in all… one of my most challenging and rewarding projects! What do you think?

The window divides our living room from dining room and compliments other geometric artwork in our home

close up of some of the circles including bevels that have been cut to fit specific shapes

large stained glass window that I created for my home in early 2016

ShipFREE Cyber Monday thru Dec. 14th!

December… De-summerJiSTdesigns offers free shipping from Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) through  ill-timed summer vacation ending on Sunday, Dec. 14

What happens when you plan a vacation… your summer vacation… for the first week in December? Free shipping, that’s what!

Yes. My vacation is ill-timed for an artist selling online, but it has been planned for over a year and (yeah!) it’s here!

So beginning on Cyber Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 14, I’m offering FREE domestic shipping on any items purchased in either of my etsy shops.

Shop JiSTknits on Etsy!  Shop JiSTglass on Etsy!

Please be aware that all items purchased (after Dec. 3) will ship on Monday, December 15.

If you are interested in a Chanukah Menorah, please do purchase before December 3 to insure delivery before Chanukah begins!

Thank you and Happy De-summer!

Taking it to the Streets!

Gallery

This gallery contains 18 photos.

We’re taking it to the streets… Main Street in Lansdale, PA that is! Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm is Lansdale Day, a juried festival of fine artists and selected artisans sponsored by the Rotary Club of North … Continue reading

What was I thinking?

lime chartreuse turquoise squares hand knit wire dangle necklace at JiSTknits on etsy.comI’ve learned a lot about myself over the past year.

I’ve learned that 3 shops on Etsy – in addition to a full time day job, family and life – are just too much for me to handle right now… And that it’s ok to let go…

For this reason, I’ve decided to place my third shop, JiSTwireKnits, on semi-permanent vacation.

Antique Brass cuff bracelet hand knit wire with cherry jasper beads and a bar clasp available at JiSTknits on etsy.comOver the course of the next few weeks, most of the wire knit jewelry that is currently available in that shop, will be moved to one of my two original shops – JiSTknits and JiSTglass. Items that are knit of wire and may feature beads, will land in JiSTknits and those with a bit of a stained glass element will be available in JiSTglass.

gold glass nugget knit wire necklace from JiSTknitsJewelry on Etsy – and in the retail world for that matter – is a very competitive segment. The online shop never really gained traction, although I’ve had modest success with my work at area craft shows. Maybe jewelry is too personal an item to sell simply through photographs and description. Who knows.

So, that being said, please do visit JiSTknits and JiSTglass… and let me know what you think!

Split Personality

Glass and fiber couldn’t be more different.  Sharp, clear, rigid… soft, lofty, pliable.

But something draws me to both of them equally.  Design ideas flow from one medium to the other as a new knitted cable design might inspire a stained glass picture frame or the texture in a sheet of glass triggers a knitted poncho design.

I’ve been known to literally walk through a yarn store scribbling ideas for a glass vase or picture frame, talking to myself or anyone around who will listen about the idea and its possibilities.  They think I’m nuts!

The colors of autumn (she writes on an 80 degree May day!) inspire a wonderful frame and fingerless gloves simultaneously.  The gloves were fun to create with glass beads knitted into the lace design.  The picture frame contains a photo from my daughter’s wedding… Flame Frame in Amber and Red - Dayna and Matta not so traditional frame for a wedding photo.

I must admit, it is easier to knit most days.  Working on stained glass takes time and energy.  It takes planning.  Knitting is a relaxing-in-the-evening activity. It travels well.

Stained glass… not so much…

But I’m drawn to both and will some day figure out a way to combine the two… stay tuned!