Kyrie-Anne McCune has a background in art and design via her career as a tattoo artist from 2007 based in Southport. While this is something she still does as her main day job she has a passion for the classical techniques of Verre églomisé aka gilding and sign work which is our focus at Art of Protest Gallery. Verre églomisé is the French term referring to the process of applying both a design and gilding onto the rear face of glass to produce a mirror finish. The name is derived from the 18th-century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptiste Glomy who was responsible for its revival. Glomy's technique was a relatively simple one of applying decorative designs in a combination of plain colour and gilding, usually to glass picture frames. However, over time it has come to be used to describe nearly any process involving back-painted and gilded glass, however elaborate. The technique of back-painting glass actually dates back to pre-Roman eras. One of the key historical periods of the art was in Italy during the 13th to 16th centuries. Small panels of glass with designs formed by engraved gilding were applied to reliquaries and portable altars. Kyrie-Anne started experimenting with Verre églomisé work in 2019 and fell utterly in love with this classical and traditional craft. The differing processes for the different materials, the minute detail and unforgiving surface all aline with her work as a tattooist. She discovered soon after starting her mirror work that her great granddad was a coach painter & gilder, and despite having never met him, she feels a great pride in carrying the torch for the family in continuing the craft. All the work she does uses the same methods and techniques from the earliest days of Verre églomisé, but Kyrie-Anne applies these processes toward more contemporary playful styles and subjects.

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