A Tapestry Of Inspirations
THE WINDOW COMMITTEE at St. Benedict the Moor Roman
Catholic Church was searching for a studio to design and fabricate 14
stained glass windows for their new sanctuary. They wanted the design
to reflect the faith and legacy of this principally African American
community in Dayton, Ohio. The church had a tapestry that was made
by Father Francis Tandoh depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross in an
African design style. The window committee challenged us to interpret
the14 scenes on this tapestry into14 stained glass windows.
Some of our design staff (myself included) had concerns about how
satisfactorily these tapestry images would translate into stained glass
windows. As it turned out, our doubts were unfounded. These windows
were brilliant and spectacular thanks to the talent and skill of our design
team and stained glass artists.