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I am a young 57 yr-old with three grown sons, three grandsons, and a young grand-daughter.  I recently spent many years attending the University of Victoria part-time, taking courses in various areas including Medieval Art & History, English & Copyediting, Arts & Design, for my Bachelor of Arts.

I have always had a special connection with animals — have a wonderful 3-yr-old black lab puppy [Lady Daisy May] & a snotty 9-yr-old cat [Pardus] who rules our roost.  The beautiful Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island is our paradise playground.  😆

😮  I love the brilliant colours of stained glass & how they’re constantly changing with the different light.  I find the art techniques, essentially the same as in medieval times, fascinating & relaxing.

I prefer to express myself in window & door projects using the lead came method — although once in awhile I will do a smaller project in copperfoil.

The beautiful nature of the Isle inspires me.  I tend to live away from the cities — currently rent a lovely ½-acre on the Sooke Basin [west of Victoria] & especially enjoy the peace of the water out my back door.  🙂

😀  My three sons — 38, 37, & 33 — are spread out between living here on the Isle or in northern B.C. & working in northern Alberta.  Of course, grandchildren are a great joy — but they’ve also brought an awakening in my life.  I’m sure I learn more from them than they do from me.  😉

I enjoy design in all its forms — glass, interior, furniture, graphic, landscape, . . .  Life is so much better when it’s uniquely planned to be organized & aesthetically pleasing — seamlessly flowing with the beauty of nature.

Vanessa Dawne Studio of Design

Functional glass art on Vancouver Isle







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