GOING THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS WITH MATTHEW LLOYD WINDER

10.09.18

Art can truly make a difference in the world. It changes how we view things, it opens our mind and brings something new to the table.

That is certainly the case for Matthew Lloyd Winder, in more ways than one, as he not only creates beautifully thought provoking stained glass work, but also is the inventor ‘Winderlite’, an innovative glazing material that takes the beauty of glasswork to the next level.

An artist from a young age, it was at 19 that Matthew – who is now based in South Mimms - first discovered his staple material of coloured glass, after being introduced to the medium by cousin Kathy from Toronto. “I became quickly fascinated with working with stained glass – it was like I immediately found my passion and have made it my life ever since,” he explains.

After working in the stained glass industry for many years, his world was revolutionised after a hypnotherapy session opened his mind to improving his core materials, which led to his creation of Winderlite, described as ‘stained glass on steroids’. Winderlite is a brand new art form that brings glass, colour, light, and textures together in an entirely new way, and uses both panes of a double glazed unit to create intricate and layered designs.

“The hypnotherapy changed the way I looked at everything my materials, and nobody had done something like this with glass before,” Matthew explains. “Applying pigments to surface of the glass without the restrictions of traditional lead-work was very liberating and artistically speaking, very exciting, as it opened up so many unchartered backwaters in my brain.”

Entirely self-taught, Matthew elevates his work with the addition of colour changing LEDs, which control the lighting at any time of day, and gives his work a definite ‘wow factor’. He recently used his skills using Winderlite and LED lights in the showcasing of a bespoke piece made especially for the Abode2 ‘Networking in the Sky’ summer party at the Chelsea Waterfront penthouse, to rave reviews from guests.

Inspired by the water surrounding the penthouse, the piece exudes different flavors, as it slowly runs through the rainbow of lights. One minute it’s like a cool swimming pool inviting you to dive in, and the next it’s as if a red hot lava flow is cascading from the wall. The effect is mesmeric and further enhanced by the 3D layers that give it an optical depth beyond its slim 40mm thickness.

Matthew draws his inspiration from nature, everything from the random textures and patterns created by stones in the road, to the translucent beauty of thinly sliced fruit and vegetables. “Light impacts everything, so when I see the light coming through lemon segments, or light filtering through the trees, it inspires me and opens my eyes to endless new possibilities,” Matthew says. “I see my customer requests for windows, doors, screens and light paintings as opportunities to bring some beauty into the world.”

This ethos for bringing joy is evident in his commissioned work, including a large backlit wall of glass depicting the circulatory system of the blood at The William Harvey Heart Centre, St Bartholomew's Hospital, which has helped calm patients in a time of need. And while his work is not always straight forward, as glass can be unforgiving when it comes to any kind of mistake, and the layering process means everything has to be done back to front.  He does this work to make a difference in the world.

“There is nothing that I like better than to make people happy, with my creativity, that for me is what life is all about,” Matthew says. “We are all put on this earth for a short amount of time, and there is so much destruction and chaos in the world, so I see it as my calling to bring some light into the darkness.”

Matthew work is fitting for traditional Victorian and Edwardian spaces as well as more contemporary homes. To find out more about his work – and to commission a piece – visit www.winderlite.com for amazing 3D architectural glass designs, and www.winderlitebox.com  for  amazing colour changing stained glass artworks.

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