In early 2016 the postman delivered a wonderful surprise in the form of a wedding invitation for two of our very close friends. Being fans of art deco – in particular the designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh – the wedding was to take place at the House for an Art Lover in Glasgow which was designed by Mackintosh himself.
I thought such a wonderful location for the long awaited wedding should be accompanied by a personalised gift created in the Charles Rennie Mackintosh style. The result was this oak framed mirror.
The mirror itself started life as a plain mirror with an inset bevelled margin along each side. I sandblasted the mirror backing off to leave the shape of the lettering and roses which were then painted to give the solid glass finish of the text and roses.
When glass is sandblasted it leaves a frosted surface which provides an excellent base for painting but unfortunately removes all transparency from the glass. To combat this on the rectangular area containing the picture I coated the newly frosted surface with a thin layer of clear resin to ‘fill’ the frost and polished it flat to return the glass to a transparent state.
I then arranged for the closest circle of friends to sign a personal message on a clear acetate sheet and set this into a block of clear resin to give depth to the ‘window’ and make it appear the messages are floating between the front and rear of the frame. The interchangeable image at the rear is an outline of the wonderful piano from the music room of the wedding venue.
The frame is of polished oak with the carved lettering of the poem filled in black to make it stand out. All text on the mirror and frame is produced in the Hill House font which too was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The wedding provided a memorable few days in September which was enhanced by the service, staff and the wonderful food provided by the venue.
At the end of the evening, all guests were presented with this print of the music room as a memento of the day.