Cindy Brandt trained as a mathematician and after 19 years as a software designer decided it was no way to go through life. For 28 years her silk wearables received awards and were sold nationwide. She taught for Springwater Fiber Workshop, the Art League School in Alexandria, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Renwick Gallery. Now, while concentrating on her glass, her bright scarves, clothing, and ties are still available and can be seen here (bit.ly/1eLVsJc).
Her “warm glass” work uses a kiln to fuse glass functional work, wall pieces and jewelry as well as a torch for beadmaking. Using her handmade glass beads she created a new line of jewelry called Fickle (ficklejewelry.com) which allows the buyer to purchase one pair of earrings and change the beads as desired.
Her fused glass work includes original plates, bowls, even glass awards (bit.ly/1K5nUSh) as well as fountains and wall pieces. Many of these wall pieces are hung so that light creates patterns of colors on the wall in addition to the color of the glass. While developing this process she created her unique “woven glass” which resulted in a small local museum show in 2010.
These wall pieces are in many private and public collections:
– private homes (bit.ly/1FQtBQZ)
– a 16 piece installation (bit.ly/1GhpkcR) of her iridescent woven glass along a curved walkway in a new office building in Chevy Chase, Md
– five walls of glass (bitly.com/1dHLOXW) ( bit.ly/1RG7gea) in the World Bank Headquarters building and their education annex in Washington, DC.
– multiple piece installations for two of the renovated housing developments in Anacostia for the non-profit organization SOME (So Others might Eat) (bit.ly/1Q1ygYo)
– two installations of her multi-piece wall glass in the new Kaiser Permanente Medical Center (bit.ly/1GhIUpp) in Tysons Corner.
To create commission pieces for distant sites she can work with a digital photo to show what her work might look like in the chosen location.
Cindy is still creating her glass work, but no longer in the Torpedo Factory so please visit her web page (cb-designs.com) and her commission page to see more.