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Our 2021 NAIDOC Week featured maker; Kamilaroi woman and midwife, Kahlea, pursues her deep connection to the land and nature, and her ‘obsession’ with the moon through creative pursuits in stained glass.

25 June 2021

Designer Spotlight: Moon Glass Imaginations

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Moon-obsessed outdoorsy Midwife and stained-glass creator, Kahlea: ‘I feel a deep connection to the land, which I strengthen by exploring bushlands, forests, and beachers… All my pieces are based on nature'

My name is Kahlea. I create beautiful stained glass homewares – lamps, candle holders, sun catchers, windchimes, and clocks. I opened my Madeit store in February this year (2021) as a platform to share my pieces with others who love unique, colourful and shiny things.

A pair of detailed stained glass lamps by MoonGlassImaginations, featuring geometric and nature-inspired themes such as waves and fish scales.

I started creating stained glass pieces as a hobby, to fill my home with beautiful coloured glass, but I fell in love with the creative process and haven’t stopped. I could fill every spare space in my home and garden with stained glass creations, but I thought I had better share.

Our 2021 NAIDOC Week featured maker; Kamilaroi woman and midwife, Kahlea, pursues her deep connection to the land and nature, and her ‘obsession’ with the moon through creative pursuits in stained glass.

I chose to sell my creations on Madeit because it supports Australian artisans and creators. It embraces the uniqueness of each seller and business and is a great platform for artists to showcase their creations.

A mountain and forest themed stain glass wind chime / sun catcher in the late afternoon QLD sun

Moon Glass Imaginations is a small business that I created as a creative outlet, but I primarily work as a Midwife. I have been practicing midwifery for 13 years and provide care for women and their families throughout the pregnancy, birth, and the postnatal period.

A stained glass design drawing in progress, with a campfire and forest in the background; ’Being out in nature brings a sense of calm and belonging, and soothes my soul’

I live in Brisbane with my partner Daniel, our four children and two furbabies. You will often find us on little adventures. We go camping a lot, and love exploring the outdoors and nature. I am an Aboriginal woman from the Kamilaroi nation. Our family is from the Tamworth/Nundle/Quirindi area of North East New South Wales and my totem is the Pelican. I feel a deep connection to the land, which I strengthen by exploring bushlands, forests, and beaches. Being out in nature brings a sense of calm and belonging, and soothes my soul.

Detailed view of Kahlea’s ‘Moon Goddess Caress’ stained glass panel

All my pieces are based on nature, primarily the moon and the ocean. Recently I have also created pieces featuring geometric designs as they are simple, and let the coloured glass speak for itself.

Kahlea’s ‘Moonlight’ stained glass candle holder on a block of raw timber; ‘I have a small obsession with the moon and its ever-changing state’

I have a small obsession with the moon and its ever changing state, and try to incorporate the moon into all of my pieces, especially any custom orders I receive. I find inspiration from our adventures in nature, and collect shells, driftwood, and rocks to add to my collection.

A collection of work in progress – various pieces of glass ready to be fused together into 4 different landscapes’

I have so many ideas. They come to me randomly at all times of the day and night. I get so excited that I will move on to the new ideas without finishing what I was already working on. I often have 2 or 3 unfinished pieces waiting for me to return to.

Kahlea’s workspace in the family shed, including a custom-made workbench made by her partner; ‘With the help of my partner, Daniel, we have created a little space amongst his workshop’

My workspace is found in our home shed. With the help of my partner, Daniel, we have created a little space amongst his workshop that I use to create my pieces. My amazing moon workbench was made for me by Daniel. I absolutely love the moon phase detail he added along the front, it makes my space unique and special. We spend a lot of time in there together. He is always tinkering around and making amazing things, and we talk, laugh, and show each other our creations.

Kahleah at work on a stained-glass project in her home workspace

I often start by sitting down on the floor in our loungeroom, listen to music and draw designs that I have been imagining. I really enjoy this process as I can see my ideas start to take shape.

Overlaying glass pieces onto a butterfly design: ‘I do not often pre-plan glass or colours for the pieces, I tend to choose glass as I go along’

Once I have my piece planned and drawn to scale, I will move to the shed and start choosing glass that suits. I do not often pre-plan glass or colours for the pieces, I tend to choose glass as I go along. I often use the off cuts I have collected first to add different colours and textures, then build from there. Once the glass pieces are cut, ground, and copper foiled, they can be soldered. This is where my creations come to life.

The completes butterfly design catching the sunlight an projecting a colourful reflection; ‘A leadlight feature adds something truly special to the aesthetics of a home’

I have always been a creative person and like to be surrounded by colourful and unique things. My love for stained glass stems from family drives, looking at old homes and their beautiful leadlight windows and doors. A leadlight feature adds something truly special to the aesthetics of a home.

Testing a completed stained-glass lamp in the workshop; ‘Handmade items…showcase skills that are no longer seen in commercially manufactured products’

After experimenting with other mediums, such as lino printing, papermaking, drawing, and painting, I decided to take a beginners’ stained-glass class at a local Brisbane studio. I was shown the basic principles, then continued my stained-glass journey experimenting and learning at home.

A completed ‘Geo’ stained-glass candle holder projects colourful dancing lights onto the wall behind

I love handmade items as they are unique and showcase skills that are no longer seen in commercially manufactured products. It is evident in most handmade items, that time and love has been put into its creation. I feel this makes the item just that bit more special. I also love giving and receiving handmade gifts, especially when they are one of a kind.

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