Sunday, August 22, 2010
The window was installed in the February bay at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale in Vancouver, and it was dedicated on August 22, 2010. It depicts Florence wearing a white cassock alb and stole of the season; in this case, purple for Lent. It’s based on a photograph of Florence in her twenties dressed for a stage play. This photo captured the interest of the window designers, as there are no other photographs of her from that time of her life. It appeared that her hair was tied back for the role so artistic license was taken to depict it loose as it helped to define the figure from a distance.
Florence was 37 years old at the time of her
ordination, and travelled by boat to meet with the Bishop. A simple Chinese boat was chosen to illustrate this important journey. The piece of glass used for this is from a treasured store of Hartley Wood mouth-blown glass. Hartley Wood & Co. was an English manufacturer that at one time made some of the best glass in the world. This piece is at least 50 years old and was being saved for just the right window.
During the research process, the designers came across the new species of dahlia named after Florence, and it was clear that this needed to be part of the design. Although there was some hesitance to use such a bold red in the design, the perfect shade was created by using ruby flashed glass, acid etching, and silver staining to accurately match the colour of the flower.
The result of research and negotiations is a stylized depiction of a pivotal time in the life of an exceptional woman, yet in keeping with the original clerestory windows produced by G. Maile of Canterbury. For more information or to visit St. Mary’s Kerrisdale please visit their website. More information about the design and construction of the window.