The Ability To Create Comes From The Ability To See

Wow! I was asked to design a light fixture for The Valentine Richmond History Center! Twelve months later, it's finished and is hanging in the newly renovated Lobby /Gift Shop.

My vision for the design of the chandelier, was solidified last November, during a visit to the archives of the museum. Referencing the history and architectural details, embedded within the building and having the opportunity to walk the isles of the museum's archives, created so much excitement inside me. One that I would imagine, a child might feel, inside an incredibly lavish candy store. The children's toy collection, including whimsical tin and wooden pull toys as well as the sweet wooden dollhouse furniture, captured my attention immediately.  What an experience, to be immersed in a sanctuary of Richmond history! It was an inspiring journey through sacred and revered grounds. 

Phoenix Handcraft, worked patiently with me in fabricating this chandelier. They were artistically diligent, in creating the specific details that would allow the fixture to remain genuine to my original inspiration.  

The handmade wire and crystal floral embellishments created by local jewelry designer, Karyn Shonk, hang amongst the vintage glass ornaments from the top of the chandelier. 

The handmade wire and crystal floral embellishments created by local jewelry designer, Karyn Shonk, hang amongst the vintage glass ornaments from the top of the chandelier. 

Flashback... One of my favorite memories, when I was an art student In NYC was Calder's Circus exhibitedat the Whitney Museum.  I wanted this fixture to be as whimsically inviting.  

In appreciation, because it almost always takes a village. First thank you Sue Ellen Gregory and Bill Martin for your passionate support! A huge thank you to Phoenix Handcraft, for your patience and skill and for allowing me to work in your space. Once again, I am forever grateful for Colonialmetalcrafts/Shades of Light, for tolerating my passionate energy, and for your problem solving ability and skill. Casey Godlove, our delivery ride downtown will be remembered for a very long time! Thank you so much for being there!

Now that the museum has reopened, I hope that you all can get to visit this beautifully renovated space. It's Richmond history at its best. It's The Valentine!