Cindy Brandt who was originally trained as a mathematician spent 19 years as a computer systems designer before she decided it was no way to go through life. For most of the last 28 years she was known for her silk wearables, which were exhibited and received awards in numerous juried shows, and were sold in craft galleries nationwide. She taught silk painting and other fiber workshops for many years for Springwater Fiber Workshop, the Art League School in Alexandria, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum at the Renwick Gallery.
But after many years of working with silk, she is now concentrating instead on her glass, creating functional work, wall pieces and jewelry. But her bright scarves, clothing, and ties are still available in her studio and can be seen in her Picasa Gallery.
Glass first attracted her over 18 years ago because of the wonderful color possibilities. She was particularly interested in the infinite ways to manipulate it for different effects and the way even failures can be recycled and transformed into new work. She is still enjoying exploring many of the various types of "warm glass" using a kiln for fusing, casting and enameling, as well as a torch for beadmaking. Her lampworked beads have extended her line of glass jewelry which already included many fused glass designs. Using her metalsmithing skills she created a new line of jewelry called Fickle which allows the buyer to purchase one pair of earrings and change the beads as desired.
Her fused glass work includes unique plates, platters and bowls as well as fountains and wall pieces. Many of these wall pieces are designed to be hung so that light creates patterns of color 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.
Lately she has been concentrating on these wall pieces which are in many public buildings as well as private collections. Her public commissions include:
- multiple years of creating her unique glass awards for several non-profit organizations
- a 16 piece installation of her iridescent woven glass along a curved walkway in a new office building in Chevy Chase, Maryland
- two walls of glass in the World Bank Headquarters building in Washington, DC. and 3 others in their education annex
- multiple piece installations for two of the renovated housing developments in Anacostia as part of the Affordable Housing Initiative of the non-profit organization SOME (So Others might Eat)
- two installations of her multi-piece wall glass in the new Kaiser Permanente Medical Center 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.
Please visit her picasa gallery her web page and her commission page to see more.