to detail and a careful planning and laborsome process paid off for a
Fort McCoy employee who captured third place in the 2008 Armyís
Worldwide Arts and Crafts Contest glass novice category.
Karen K. Page displays the ĎMermaid
at Playí Tiffany stained glass piece she entered in the Armyís
Arts and Crafts contest. (Contributed
K. Page, a program analyst for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Family,
Morale, Welfare and Recreation, was honored for her Tiffany stained
glass technique-copper foil construction "Mermaid at Play."
glass construction, which is about four-foot high by three-foot wide,
began as a project when her spouse went hunting, Page said.
took about five-and-a-half months to make ó from a sketch to sizing
it to making pattern pieces and cutting the glass to fit.
told, it took more than 260 pieces of glass to finish the masterpiece.
positioned in a window over our bathtub, where I can enjoy it on a
regular basis," Page said. It is placed over a window that
provides proper lighting to illuminate its unique textures.
began her career in glass-construction when she accidentally broke a
gift from her sister. She didnít want her sister to know she had
broken the gift so she learned how to work with glass.
experience led Page to taking art classes in La Crosse, and she also
taught stained-glass courses at Fort McCoy.
Plummer of the installationís Matte and Frame Shop said she was very
impressed with Pageís display.
very detailed and the soldering is excellent," Plummer said.
"The soldering is used to hold the separate pieces of glass
together. In stained glass work, all the glass has to be cut by hand.
There was a lot of intricate work involved with the project."
said Pageís use of color in the project also was excellent and added
to the visual appeal of the art work.
though she had made many small pieces of glass for gifts, Page said
her experience didnít completely prepare her for the scope and
magnitude of the mermaid project.
is my lifelong dream window," Page said. "Glass texture was
very important to me. I wanted the textures to decisively depict each
feature in the window."
"This is my lifelong dream window. Glass texture was very
important to me. I wanted the textures to decisively depict each
feature in the window."
DFMWR Program Analyst
sand needed to depict sand, including the way the grains would flow.
said the glass she chose even depicts ocean current ripples. Special
care was taken to ensure these details were depicted in a realistic
way so that even the air bubbles "rise" to the surface, as
they would in a real underwater environment.
work took all of her evening and weekend hours for the duration of the
five-and-one-half month project, Page said. The competition
application process was intricate as well, and included submitting a
digital photo of the work.
quite a piece to see in person," Page said. "Itís a real
difference to see it (the textures and the work), at its actual
said she has plenty of orders for additional glass projects from her
daughters and other relatives.
she said it likely will be a long time, if ever, before she begins
another project as big as the "Mermaid at Play."
winning the contest, Page received a Certificate of Excellence from
Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, U. S. Army Commanding, Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation Command, and a monetary award.
has worked at Fort McCoy for 32 years. She has been in her current
position for 10 years.