Sarah King’s passion is stained glass. It’s a passion that has led her to undertake research on the history and evolution of art glass, so prevalent in the Oak Park, Illinois neighborhood where she and her husband reside and own a business.
And that’s how we found out about Sarah. Sarah has printed two books with Publishers’ Graphics: ART GLASS IN 1909 and more recently ART GLASS IN 1913. Both are facsimiles of actual art glass catalogues published by the National Ornamental Glass Manufacturers Association.
The catalogs showcase collections of residential and ecclesiastical art glass designs popular in bungalows and middle-class homes built in the early 20th century. With over 500 images in each catalog, it was important to Sarah to accurately represent the intricate patterns, colors, and details of the stained glass images.
Of Publishers’ Graphics, Sarah says: “Everyone has been very impressed with the print quality, paper, and price of the books. The printing depicts the graphic detail of the designs and the clear subtle colors of the antique prints without looking new or glossy. The cover paper with its matte lamination is especially suited to new books that need to look clean but old-fashioned. Publisher’s Graphics offers all the convenience of short-run or “print-on-demand” publishing with all the quality any book lover would demand from a traditional publisher. “
Sarah is particularly intrigued with reflective gold glass because Chicago is the only city in the country to feature this gold mirrored glass in thousands of its residential glass windows. The pure 24 karat gold material was used in the famous Frank Lloyd Wright houses and his Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.
Sarah’s passion for Chicago’s stained glass and especially the double-sided gold mirrors in the historic Chicago bungalows has led her from restoring stained glass to selling mirroring supplies online through angelgilding.com . Her goal is to help homeowners and stained glass studios appreciate, preserve, and restore this uniquely Chicago art form.
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