Window Designs by Felicity Bowers
Felicity Roma Bowers is an artist, printmaker and teacher, living and working in
Bath. Her studio is situated at Bath Artistsʼ Studios, on the banks of the river, on
the opposite bank to this development. She teaches drawing and printmaking
both at BAS and at Bath Universityʼs ICIA. She studied illustration in London and
Bristol and gained an MA in fine art printmaking at University of the West of
England. She has worked as a freelance illustrator, designer, artist-printmaker
and teacher for nearly 30 years.
I have incorporated imagery that references this industrial past, but I also wanted to celebrate the inventiveness, creativity and inquisitiveness of Bathʼs citizens.
The Large geometric shapes of the suspension bridge and gas holder are juxtaposed with the geometry of leaf veins. These pencil rubbings of leaf specimens are labelled with their common and latin names.
A map of the industrial quarter to the south of the river combined with a map of John Wood’s Circus and Royal Crescent on the opposite bank. The hand contains leaves from riverside plants.
The hand contains a coal fossil from the Moore collection at the Bath Royal Literary Scientific Institute. The diagram is a plan of a gasholder similar to the one situated nearby the development, essential to the industry previously situated at Bath Riverside.
The window is from Herschelʼs house in New King Street, from where he discovered the planet Uranus. The star map refers to the observation of the heavens. In the background are historical diagrams of changing theories of the structure of the Solar System, dating from earliest times.
The hand is filled with shorthand script, as invented by Isaak Pitman in Bath. In the background is the carved stone head from the Roman Baths, used as the logo for Pitman press (later The Bath Press) located nearby on the Lower Bristol Road. The head is thought to represent Bladud, the mythical founder of Bath. In the lower background is an alchemical image of a similar winged head. The tree branches were photographed on the opposite bank of the river.
This hand also contains a coal fossil. The background is the catalogue of a manufacturer of gas lights. Bath was one of the first places in the country to adopt gas street lighting to encourage tourism.The images for this design and the previous one, from the periodical Gas World, 1909, were researched at the Museum of Bath at Work. The fossils, from the Moore collection, were photographed at the BRLSI.
The tree silhouettes matching up across the windows creates the impression that there is a tree growing inside the building.