Presenting an update on Designer Pam Davenport, who first
came to our attention in 1997! Pam's new work exemplifies perfectly
that creativity doesn't have to be confined to just one medium!
Our initial Designer Spotlight Feature on Pam began: "It
may seem like a giant leap from working as a 911 operator/police
dispatcher for the LAPD to designer of a new collection of needlework
designs but Pam Davenport is proof of the hidden talent in many
of us. The lack of formal training hasn't hampered her creativity;
it may in fact, account for her fresh and very unique style."
Though Pam Davenport is no longer a 911 operator, she still
works for the Police Department. Currently she holds the position
of a Management Analyst II, working for the Inspector General's
office in the Use of Force Section, doing analysis on officer
involved shootings and officers' uses of force.
She ventured into a new medium of working with stained glass
because in her new job she does so much reading that she was
straining her eyes. That necessitated putting her stitching projects
aside for a while. Initially she had tried to find a pottery
class but could not locate one that worked with her schedule.
She says, "When I got a catalog from a local adult high
school program I called a friend to tell her they were offering
a stained glass class, which she was interested in, and a mosaic
class, which we both wanted to do. She didn't want to go alone
so I signed up with her."
Working with stained glass turned out to be a difficult transition
for Pam because the mediums are so different and you have to
be so careful working with the glass. Also, it's not a hobby
you can pick up and take with you. It was also rather frustrating
because Pam couldn't find patterns that she liked. She elaborates,
"Just as in needlework, there are not many ethnic patterns
for stained glass." Pam had found just two books so far.
Mosaic Table Top
Pam's First Attempt at Mosaic
Made as a Christmas Gift for her Sister
Since there are so very many colors of glass, Pam began adapting
patterns to fit her style and taste. She states categorically,
"I have never been a traditional bird/flower/landscape kind
of person. Luckily I have a teacher that is willing to let me
try to do whatever I want." Pam started looking at pictures
in a different way and seeing how she could adjust them to easy
glass cuts. She prefers abstracts and geometrics. Since she couldn't
find the kind of patterns she wanted to try at the stores, she
began designing her own.
Inspired by African Mask
Some of the designs shown have come from art catalogs At Christmas
she usually gets quite a few art calendars, which have provided
other ideas. One exception is her piece portraying the African
mask, which was taken from a stained glass pattern book with
just a few changes she made to the design.
(Both Sides Shown)
Pam has been doing this so far just to see what is possible
for her to create with the glass and patterns and how she can
put the colors together. She has received a very favorable response
from classmates and friends and has even received a few requests
to make windows or patterns. Pam insists though, "I will
get back to the needlework soon and probably convert some of
the patterns I have done in glass to either needlepoint or cross
stitch. In fact the woman holding the fruit bowl, the two faces,
and the sax player are actually pictures that I had been saving
to convert to needlework. It worked out good that I could also
convert them to glass." Pam's design of the Heart Lady was
awarded a second place ribbon at the Los Angeles County Fair. "Next year I'll get me a first!" comments Pamela.
For more on Pam's needlework designs see her Previous Designer
The Caron Collection distributes a series of International
Style Designs by Pam Davenport. They will put a little ethnic
flair in your stitching with these unique designs by designer
Pam Davenport. Customize your figures with your own choice of
accessories, hairstyle and skin color. Each booklet contains
8 pages and includes complete instructions and diagrams. For
more information, go to