Protea-inspired Chandeliers

Over the years, I have made a series of large, protea-inspired chandeliers with the theme: Light of the World, inspired by John 8:12: 

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

The chandeliers have a wire frame, which I then carefully cover in Egyptian linen. This is a meticulous and time-consuming task. I cut a separate pattern for every individual petal, dip the fabric in a stiffening agent and fix it onto the wire with the help of clothes pegs. When the fabric is dry, the petals keep their shape. When finished, the chandelier is painted with a pearlescent white glaze to seal it. Small beads attached to the end of each petal glow in the light.

Titles of these chandeliers include:

  • ‘Let your light shine’ Matthew 5: 16
  • ‘Children of the light’ Ephesians 5
  • ‘The true light’ John 1:9
  • ‘Let there be light’ Genesis 1:3
  • ‘Lamp for my feet’ Psalm 119:105
  • ‘Light of the World’ Matthew 5:14-16
Title: ‘Children of the Light’
Title: ‘Let there be Light’
Solo exhibition in 2014: ‘Blom waar jy geplant is’ (Bloom where you are planted)

The Process:

Title: ‘Light of the World’