Lighting of All Kinds: for Cee’s B&W Challenge


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For fourteen years before I moved to Mexico, my husband and I made hundreds of art lamps–no two the same. He did the stone and wood structures and I did the willow structures and also made the washi paper from mulberry bark to create the shades or outer coverings. 

For Cee’s B&W Lighting of all kinds.

9 thoughts on “Lighting of All Kinds: for Cee’s B&W Challenge

    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Glenda..Did you know that my husband shifted me from writer to artist? I didn’t write for a number of years. This was a wonderful, busy, creative period in my life.


  1. Art Donovan

    Hello, Judy,

    Remember when, after all the work of creating the lamp- the paper, stone, wood, wire and all the other myriad of parts that needed to be sized, fitted and attached- there was that great moment when you turned the bulb on and watched your design glow for the first time? It was wonderful, right?

    I also have been making lamps for quite a while, so I know the feeling. It’s been 30 years this month. Just me in my studio. But seeing as you had professionally been in the ‘biz’ for such a long time, may I confide a few things? Do you know what was really weird and genuinely sad for me these past 30 years? It was watching all of my great lamp material suppliers disappear from the industry one by one- Retirement. Bankruptcy. Moving. China. Selling the business. Then scratching out their names and numbers from my industry suppliers phone book. And it’s always so terribly difficult to replace them! Most of the time, they can’t be replaced.

    There was also watching the great and venerable lighting industry magazines close: “Home Lighting and Accessories”. ” Residential Lighting Magazine”. Contract Lighting”… The famous and very generous lighting design editors who once held sway and guided the industry for so many years are no longer around. (Only one famous lighting editor is left however-The great Linda Longo).

    Additionally, I’ve noticed how the quality of materials- from plywood to fiberglass to corrugated cardboard shipping cartons- have all been “value engineered” to be made as cheaply and poorly as possible. I guess it’s safe to say that the 90’s, and early 2000’s were a kind of “Golden Age” of you were a lamp designer.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out for the industry the next decade or three.

    Be well and Healthy, Sincerely Yours, Art Donovan


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Where do you live, Art? I have cartons of lamp parts that somehow made their way down to Mexico with me. Plus wiring, switches, floor switches, etc. For nineteen years, I’ve been meaning to get rid of them and they are probaby all outdated now.



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