Week 7 Jackie Hazlett

In packing to move back and forth between college and the temporary homes I’ve been living in, I’ have come to find a lot of things that I didn’t always know I had. My favorite amongst these treasures: picture frames. These aren’t any picture frames. These are picture frames that still have the stock photo in them because I really never got around to it. They look a little something like this:



My pastor joked around even. It’s like, “Wait?! Who are they??” “Oh them? They’re the 8x10s..They’ve been family friends for a long time.”

You can laugh, but it’s true. I am no good at finishing things, and chances are most people aren’t either. That’s why it’s so amazing when we come across these multigenerational Gothic buildings.


Chartres Cathedral, Source

These delicate yet sharp edges pique interest, creating something strong and elegant. Then ornated with stained glass windows and various other decorations, and you equate to one large, more-than-a-lifetime-project that the 8x10s don’t stand a chance. I have a lot of adoration and amazement towards feats like these cathedrals. I think a lot of what lies into multigenerational investment is the bigger story it lets individuals enter in. I like to relate it to the Christian journey. I do not think that overall the finding and following Jesus is about my personal journey, but rather that when I choose to say “yes” I am choosing a “yes” to thousands of years of persecution and redemption of the stories prior to me and those to come after me. Just the same, I feel like saying “yes” to embark on a more than the individual journey to craft cathedrals this intricate requires a desire to be a part of a longer, bigger journey that identifies these people as one. The building now becomes the story of a unified people with the unifying goal that surpassed death.

chartres cathedral

Rose Window of Notre Dame de Paris Source

Stained glass windows have always struck me since watching “The Last Song” as a little girl. The movie has nothing to do with glass windows, and more Miley Cyrus’ love interest, but there are a couple of scenes that span to the father’s side project for his church. This process always seemed painstakingly costly, unpredictable and time-consuming. Only 1/3 of those things sounds interesting to me, yet the final product is so captivating I wanted to know more.

The biggest question I have always had was does the crafter layout broken shards of glass first, and then form the metal around, or vice verse. I learned that with the Rose Windows specifically, that they were often used in group projects. The framing would be made first. The shape specifically was highly effective and served more as a “lazy susan” of sorts that could be turned towards different teammates to work on individual images.

The images were commonly used to represent God and saints, however, the Church of England ruled out all images of God, limiting where they could and how they could be displayed.

Another interesting point brought up was that since there were limited forms of entertainment at the time (no television or radio), when people would come and see these windows it would be more like a form of entertainment to see a light and art installation piece.


Britannica, The Editors of Encyclopaedia. “Rose Window.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 19 July 2013, http://www.britannica.com/technology/rose-window.

5 thoughts on “Week 7 Jackie Hazlett”

  1. I love your comparison you made with frame to cathedrals. I think it was a good, unique perspective to your blog post. I also liked your connection of your journey with Christ as an investment just like the construction of these cathedrals. These buildings really do represent the past generations who help build them from the ground up. I love the movie “The Last Song.” I always end up crying when I watch it. I remember the stain glass window you are talking about. The process does seem very tedious. I would love to learn more about the process of how they build them as well. Great job!


  2. I’ll admit, I did laugh at your photo frame story. It tied so nicely into the blog prompt! I like how you talked more about your opinions than facts about the Gothic era and architecture. I too have a very strong appreciation for stained-glass and the information you found about how the windows are exactly made was very interesting to me. Your “lazy-susan” comparison gave me a clear image of how the group worked on it. Great post!


  3. I really enjoy how real and authentic your blog posts are! I can totally relate to having picture frames with no pictures or various other unfinished projects lying about. I even have an unfinished bookshelf in my room as we speak. It is pretty incredible that once these architects and builders had an idea, they stuck with it until the end. I have also been fascinated with stained glass mostly because I find it breath-taking. The Last Song is a great illustration of how this piece of art can be unifying and filled with care and love. It seems like this hasn’t changed since the Gothic era of building to present day stained glass making. Great post!


  4. I really enjoyed reading your reflection about the journey about following God. Choosing yes, isn’t just choosing yes in the moment, but forever. The rose window is such an amazing work of art. I remember watching a PBS documentary on the building of Nortre-Dame in my religion class, and how much work it took. Even the stones used for the building had to be high quality. I would love to visit it one day and see the rose window in person! Thanks for sharing!


  5. I really like how you related the content of the text and the blog prompt to your personal life. I also struggle with finishing projects, especially big ones that I probably shouldn’t have taken on in the first place. Why do you think it is that so many people struggle with this?


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