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Extreme framing

extreme elm framed mirror

From time to time we make one of these.. an extreme character grained frame, usually for a mirror. This particular example was a commission, using a four by one foot bevel edged mirror, framed in waney edged elm.. a plank we’ve had in stock some ten years or so, waiting for just such a project. We make these in all different shapes and sizes, with the dimensions and proportion usually dictated by the donor plank of wood. The corner joints are butted and biscuit jointed, and the mirror rebate is routed once the frame is made. Filling the knots and […]

The next big thing…

stretched canvas

We have an interesting project in the workshop this week.. it’s a huge and honestly rather tatty canvas. Its claim to fame was that it was created on stage at the Royal Festival Hall during ‘An Ambient Evening with The Orb & Friends Electrical’, by Martin Glover, (aka Youth), who is a renowned music producer and bassist in the post-punk band Killing Joke. He has worked with a number of artists including The Orb featuring David Gilmour, Guns ‘n’ Roses, The Verve, U2… (the list goes on). In a review from the Telegraph, Youth is described as painting “two vast […]

More framing magic..

As many of our loyal readers will know, we enjoy more than our fair share of magic here at Uckfield Framing HQ. The majority of our frames are now glazed in ‘magic’ glass (as most customers prefer the look of their art to their own reflection 😉). And from time to time some Harry Potter magic comes our way to frame, in the form of beautiful MinaLima prints. But this week’s magic was, in the words of Pythons, something completely different. We have been framing a set of ten glass slides, depicting the Robinson Crusoe story, which were used in […]

Fostering talent

drawing ben wade

When we encounter novice artists at Uckfield Framing,we do our best to encourage them, and, where possible, foster their progress to the best of our ability. We are proud of our track record in giving a helping hand to many an artist needing framing for a first exhibition, and sometimes giving them ideas on where and how to develop their market. One such talent is Ben Wade, who works in extremely time-consuming and detailed mediums, drawing from ten to fifteen hours every day (and frequently nights too), focusing on the human form. Ben is a BA (Hons) Fine Art student […]

Fishing for compliments

picture once reframed

Tarting up tatty frames is a joy of the job, as I am sure I must have mentioned before. Tarting up one which has special sentimental significance to a customer is even more of a delight. This poster of the different fishing beats on the River Spey was looking downright scruffy. Scratches on the mount board, some staining and damage to the image itself, and a frame that was flimsy to start with, meant that we had to do a proper salvage job, and so we set to making it look respectable again. The frame itself had bowed considerably, which […]

A Tartan Triumph

sgian dubh being framed

Among the multifarious objects we have framed over the years, most of the time we can spell the name of the item without checking a dictionary.. this time we had a quick foray into one to make sure we spelled it right when a sgian dubh was consigned to our care for framing. A small, single-edged knife, it’s Gaelic meaning of dubh usually means ‘black’ with a secondary meaning of ‘hidden’ (you can tell we’re really thorough when we read dictionary entries, can’t you?). Usually worn in a leather sleeve-type scabbard, it is worn ‘in hose or a boot’ and […]

Summer framing…

framed botannical print

Now that the summer is coming to an end and we’re mourning the loss of those lovely warm, sunny days (Boo!), I thought I’d take a moment to look back over some of the various items that we have framed over the last few months… If you have any memories, or souvenirs from the summer that you would like to preserve in a frame, then we are always delighted to hear from you. As you can see, we will frame almost anything! Natalie

Pretty as a picture…

framed seating plan

We are pretty hot on recycling and up-cycling at the studio (see previous blog on the subject) but here’s a new and practical way of re-using something that has served its previous purpose and making it do further decorative service in a rather jolly way: Being a (sort-of) qualified framer did rather mean that the table seating plan at my daughter’s wedding had to look a little dishier than a pin board with some typewritten lists on it, so Team Uckfield Framing got to work: the wonderful Laura did a multi-aperture mount board to accommodate the number of tables (eternally […]

I don’t know much about art…

The Roving Framer’s been at it again: this time a short break in Cornwall, near the artistic hub that is St. Ives. Being a hot spot for those of an aesthetic-seeking disposition, there’s art a-plenty. Taking my framer’s eye with me made the trip so much more fun than just viewing the works of art themselves. Staying at the venerable Carbis Bay Hotel, there was a proliferation of mirrors rather than pictures on the walls, probably to extend and reflect the very beautiful sea-light that abounds. Some were antique, gloriously curlicued and elaborate, others modern copies of antique frames hung […]

Innovation is the name of the game…

painting a mount

Picture framing is a creative process, we know that. Meaning we use imagination to make lovely things, within the constraints of the practical aspects of materials and equipment to hand. There are times though when we even challenge the constraints themselves, or ‘break the rules’. Bear with me a moment and I’ll give a couple of recent examples. Chalk pastels are much loved by artists, allowing them to produce works of rich and blended colours. These works, however, are much feared by framers, so much so in fact that some won’t even touch them! Why? Because the surface is so […]

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