Welcome to Windows To The Garden
Award Winning Artist Babs Schnabl
Windows to the Garden began to blossom in the spring of 1994.
My love for flowers and spending time in my garden opened the pathway to express myself through art using flowers. My seven year old son, at the time, had a stroke and the therapy my garden yielded was a God-send and provided mental sanity. So many times , our gifts and talents are birthed in the midst of adversity as was the case with myself.
My artwork is unique for the flowers which I harvest and press are placed within two pieces of glass then sealed airtight. The botanical designs I create are adhered with an adhesive that will not damage the flowers themselves nor allow them to shift within the glass. The color of the wall it is placed upon becomes the background that the art sets against. The effect is a truly stunning, three-dimensional, and a splendid conversation piece. No two pieces are exactly alike…they are like all of us…unique.
My pressed flower jewelry is created using a stained glass method. They are made with lead-free silver solder and repurposed pieces of stained and recycled glass. They are just smaller versions of my art that can be worn to adorn…you! I travel extensively throughout the United States and my presses are never far from me. I have incorporated my beach and forest finds (shells, feathers, wings, and things) in between the glass of my large wall art and jewelry. I have also expanded my recycled glass jewelry using a wire-wrapped method to incorporate vintage finds and my “can’t make enough of them” seashell pieces and odds and ends of my travels to jewelry shows and my favorite flea markets throughout the states.
I travel to over 30 fine art and fine craft shows a year to include Chicago Navy Pier Flower Show, The Philidelphia International Flower Show, and various other Flower and Garden Shows. I aspire to show one day in England at The International Flower Show and to sell my art in the streets of Paris. I am blessed to be able to do what I do. Customers comment that I must have the “patience of a saint” because of the detail of my art….my reply is that “my patience has been stretched and has grown…tolerance is not an option, just like these beautiful flowers….I need sunshine, shade, water, more than an occasional dead-heading, pruning, and most of all, a balance of all these things…”
Thanks for visiting my site…stop by and smell the roses and chat with me at a show…be kind to one another…and most of all….BE…we are called human-BEINGS…not human-doings and we are all Beautiful in God’s sight….
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