Just Fitz LLC ( Karen Fitzpatrick), evolved slowly from a 2003 stained glass class to a 2006 window project for the music room in the house we were building to an obsession with glass improvisation . After participating in a gallery show and joining the Cattaraugus County Arts Council I began to take part in the Routes to Art Studio Tours 2009-2014.My background does not include a formal education in art……rather, music. Unlike the ephemeral music performance and fear of immediate ridicule , the glass creations can be relegated to the basement if not up to “critique”........I use my own designs from my own photographs or drawings, but often jump in without a pattern to follow and see where it takes me. I have always sought to find other uses for everything from used furniture,scrap metal,driftwood,etc so I approach the bins and piles of glass in the same manner. I have been using solder sculpting,metal and my own photographs in this years pieces to add a more soulful voice. “I enjoy interpreting your ideas and composing a piece that “Just Fitz” your space!” KF
As far as the process.....
I borrow the cadence of Suessical thought
And endeavor to explain_thou I'm afraid I cannot.
It begins with a photo, a lyric, a book.
The glass itself takes on a broken lost look.
Then a pattern emerges_just waiting to happen
The nuance and textures of glass show their fashion.
Soldered and plated with metal or wire
Copper or zinc frames accent final attire.
My studio is located in Great Valley,NY 14741 and open by appointment.
In Memory of Farlow von Lex _RIP July 5th 2015
Farlow von Lex, My constant Companion, AKC Tracking dog
and shop Guardian