Stained glass design for sites of worship
St James' Church, Ryhill, West Yorkshire
Two windows commissioned by a parishioner in memory of his wife.
North window, Our Lady of Walsingham
The first window was inspired by a Marian apparition in which the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Lady Richeldis of Walshingham. The design of the window is to present to the viewer the spiritual scale of the vision; the windows semi-abstract layout is chosen to depict how living such a vision may be true to the one who experiences it and semi-abstract too in the measure of daily life. The design of the upper window refers to stars or angelic powers, the Mystery, and The Holy Trinity.
South window, St James, Son of Zebedee, the Great
The second window refers to the theme of Compostella’s pilgrimage, with Saint James presented as he is humbly depicted in iconography with modest vestments and posture. His body is positioned and shaped in order to suggest the journey of his corpse in the boat that landed in Compostella (as tradition explains). He carries some of the pilgrim’s items: the gourd, the bag (decorated with some of the stamps of the journey to Compostella), the hat with a scallop shell and the walking stick. His face is turned towards the people attending the services. The design of the upper window refers to the Crosses one finds along the pilgrimage’s paths and to the scallop shell shape.
St Luke's Church, Grimethorpe, West Yorkshire
Two windows commissioned for St Luke’s church, Grimethorpe, for the Lady’s chapel, keeping reference to the history of the local mining industry.
The Virgin & Child window
The virgin and child is a reference to the first icon painted by St Luke’s. The two opened books represent St Luke’s gospel; one book is being read, the other is being shown.
The Cross window
This window is a reference to the ladies praying for their husbands or sons who work in the mine.