The finished work measured 158 x 69 cms, including the wood frame, to hang on the large plain wall of the stairs in full view of the entrance hall. The customers requested something to reflect all the variety that Felixstowe offers - they wanted strong colours and a 'whimsical' atmosphere, with sunrise, the drama of Landguard shingle and seaweed-clad groynes, beach huts and breezy sky and choppy sea complete with sail boats, oh - and plenty of shells. I was encouraged to adopt artistic licence, and to leave gaps in the work which is quite a challenge to have holes in the work but keep it structurally strong.
Although they saw the progress of work at three stages, the finished panel clearly took their breath away.
These are a selection of Naomi's pieces which are currently for sale
I've felt frustration at how so many people equate stained glass with churches and Victorian architecture.
During 2016 I was exploring a new way of working with glass, sometimes including a little more metal and other materials, definitely with a focus on opaque and textured glass - making the art more sculptural.
This new work is mounted onto soft-white painted and waxed board, designed to be hung flat on or propped against a wall, allowing the glass to be shown without back light, displayed in the same way as a painting, ceramic, or sculpture.