Late last week we completed printing for the 8 new windows for St Mary’s Cathedral in Dawin. Ensuring we were replicating the artworks as accurately as possible when printing on glass has been an extensive and nerve-racking experience to say the least!
The original paintings, a mixture of water colour and acrylic on paper, were supplied to us as high resolution photographs from Chris Knight at Digifilm in Darwin. Once we had received the digital files, artist facilitator and consultant Cait Wait flew over from Beltana, South Australia, to work with our graphic designer on converting the colours to suit our cermaic inks.
Cait worked with us for 2 weeks, split over 2 separate visits, guiding our sampling process and assisting in colour correction leading up to the printing process. Printing on glass with ceramic inks can be a tricky process due to particular colours shifting quite dramatically, and thankfully with Cait’s expertise, we were able to ensure the artworks remained as much of their original integrity as possible.
The artworks have been printed on 6mm low iron glass, which has been produced into a 14.28mm toughened laminated cyclone rated window panel. More on the technical details later. We’ve posted some photos below of the glass being printed and packed, the photos of the glass on our inspection lights will give you a rough idea of how they will look with some glorious Darwin sunshine pouring though!