Design of the Month · December 2015

  • African Mask

    "African Mask"

    When I began to do stained glass, one of my biggest problems was how to allow my customers to visualize their designs before construction. That problem has vanished since discovering Glass Eye 2000. At first I was apprehensive, thinking that the software might be too complex, especially after some discouraging experiences with computers. After all, I'm an artist and not a computer technician! So it was a great surprise to find out how straightforward it was to learn Glass Eye 2000. After only a few hours I was able to work with it.

    At the beginning of my career as a stained glass artist I thought to design without the aid of computers, but now Glass Eye 2000 has become one of my most indispensable tools. I have done about 400 stained glass artworks and most of them contain more than 2500 pieces, and the precision I get with Glass Eye 2000 is fabulous. Moreover, in the last three or four years I haven't just designed stained glass with it but have also worked with a water jet to cut granite, marble and ceramic. I also send my designs to a laser machine to cut paper, cardboard, Plexiglas and wood to do marquetry. Its ability to help me calculate the final cost of a project is a great time saver.

    Glass Eye 2000 allows me to widen my imagination. The possibilities are infinite. And when I see the results, I'm encouraged to go further than I've gone before.

    "African Mask" is a design I did last year with Glass Eye 2000. I hope you enjoy it.

    ~ Jean Beaulieu

    About the artist

    Jean Beaulieu

    Jean Beaulieu, artist and creator, painter for over 30 years, has exhibited in a dozen cities worldwide. He started doing stained glass twenty years ago and decided to use the glasswork in the service of a cause dear to him: troubled youth. He is the founder of the MargiArt project which for the last ten years has provided stained glass instruction for these young people. This project inspired him to found les Ateliers Art-Go, an organization that oversees community groups in Québec City, Trois-Rivières, Montréal and eventually Vancouver and Toronto. You may visit his website or send him an email.

    This pattern may be used to make one or more artworks for sale or personal enjoyment. This pattern may be printed for personal use only and may not be sold or given away in printed or electronic form.

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