This project is commissioned by Cadw and is a response to their brief for Interpretive art work for Conwy Castle in Gwynedd.
Racheland I were inspired by seeing medieval glass from churches in North Wales during asite visit to the castle in September, and decided to design windows for theRoyal Chapel which are based on the story of the Welsh Princes and their bloodystruggles with Edward 1 st
who built the castle in 1283-89. “Seeing this ancient glass linked me directlywith the period and with the tradition of stained glass in Wales. It wasbreathtaking to be looking at examples of glass work from the area, and almostthe era, of the castle, (and from the very church attended by Llywelyn apIorwerth and his wife, Joan) and straight away placed glass at the heart of thecastle. I experienced the power of glass to link us to the stories of thepast.”
– Linda Norris
We aim to use the Medieval techniques of stained glass to create acontemporary artwork inspired by surviving fragment panels containing medievalglass. As well as references to historical events, the work is inspired by thelandscape of North Wales and will contain some references to contemporary lifeand the life of the castle today. Welsh poet, Damian Walford Davies, haswritten three couplets which will be incorporated in to the designs. “Linda and I are very enthusiastic about thepossibility of making work for this World Heritage site, and of helping to enhancethe visitor experience of the castle. For us it is an amazing opportunity tocollaborate on a project that plays to our individual strengths,mine as astained glass artist and educator, and Linda’s as an glass artist and landscapepainter with an interest in making work in response to historical settings.”
– Rachel Phillips
Thewindows will be installed in the castle in March 2012 and the our progresscan be followed on Linda’s blog at http://lindanorris.wordpress.com