The LOVE panel was the first panel that I designed, and I am really happy with it. Unfortunately, when I contact stores, the ask me for my ‘catalog’.
“Catalog?” I have one product. Then I notice the look on their face as they put me in the not-to-be-taken-seriously zone. I understand where they are coming from, but I needed to make sure that stained glass greeting cards actually has merit, and a market. A few weeks ago, I sent out a survey to people that I trust to understand what words they associate with the words that will be designed in my upcoming stained glass panels. 74 people responded.
I collapsed the data down into the most popular colors, and the results were very interesting. Faith to me was dark blue. The data confirmed that, but also showed that 50% more people thought that FAITH was associated with purple, and +100% associated FAITH with white.
For Best Wishes, blue was also the most popular color, but something was different in the data. People cited rainbow and silver, but had done so for none of the other words. It led me to revise BEST WISHES to say CELEBRATE, and to choose a blue iridescent glass. This exercise was very important. It reminded me of the importance of getting out of my head and listening to what other people think, and I believe that it makes the art more powerful.
I finalized the list of ten stained glass panels that I will make to move myself out of the amateur category. Below is the table listing the order in which I will make the panels, the color of the background and of the letters, the finish of the glass and of the metal and the dimensions. Now that I have a framework, I an create a set that will hopefully be remarkable, and professional.