Cry Freedom…

The signed print in its new frame...

We have ‘”Wow” moments in the workshop every now and then. Some “wow” moments are more impactful than others, when a customer brings in something which has a personal, and sometimes visceral, impact on us. Such an impact was experienced when we first saw the signed print of a view of Table Mountain through prison bars, brought into us recently. The artist, of course, was Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013). As you can see from the photo above, we framed the signed print using a combination of an ocre coloured inner mount and a blue frame to emphasise the bars of […]

A Better Frame of Mind

They say April is the cruelest month, but IMHO February can be rather trying too. Grey skies and chilly temperatures don’t do much to lift the spirits. It hasn’t been the best of months so far for the Framing Fairy either (see last week’s post), and it was with huge relief that I got back to the studio to get on with some serious work with moulds and mounts again. We’ve discussed the joys of tidily taping the back of pictures before, and there really is a Zen Zone to it, so it was lovely to be back doing something […]

Remembering loved ones.. we are happy to help

A sizeable part of our work at the studio involves putting treasured memories into frames. Photographs, letters, medals and mementoes of all sorts are put behind protective glass and kept safe for years of viewing enjoyment that will hopefully extend well beyond this generation. There is a poignancy to some of these tasks, as the items to be framed are freighted with personal history, and need to be treated with all possible respect. We have also produced framed photographs to be displayed at that saddest of all events, a person’s funeral. While it’s a sombre task, we do it with […]

Love is all you need

Here at UFC HQ we don’t care much for the normal cheesy advertising stuff associated with seasonal retails events, increasingly stretching as they do from one to the next. You know the sort of thing.. Halloween, Guy Fawkes then Christmas, followed by January Sales, with an inevitable early sighting of the first creme egg. But after those critical words, we’re just going to hop onto the proverbial bandwagon to mention the next notable sales opportunity, Valentines Day! Forward thinking people will obviously already have this entirely sorted.. all planned, bought and gift wrapped. But what about the blokes? No worries, […]

Poshing up a brotherly picture

.. and after some magic has been worked

We have spoken before of the magic that Richard Haines at PhotographsForever can achieve with his advanced techniques for refurbishing old or damaged pictures.  This week shows a cracking example of what can be done:  my brother’s graduation photograph was terribly faded and damaged, and the frame had fallen off my mother’s mantelpiece one too many times.  It was urgently in need of an upgrade. Richard very kindly did the photographic honours, restoring the original colours beautifully, and ‘disappearing’ the scratches and damage to the finish on the picture.  The results, I think, are remarkable. The addition of a clean […]

Small is beautiful

We frame pictures in all shapes and sizes here at the studio, and each presents its own challenges.  Big can be a brute to manoeuvre into position for assembly, taping and adding the fixings (good upper body workout, though).  Small can be fiddly and annoying as, for some reason, small frames seem to be more unforgiving than larger ones (no margin for error, really). Here’s an example of the bijou end of the framing canon: a simple summery postcard of Dubrovnik, put into a tiny double mount and gracing a narrow gold frame. The humble postcard is actually nearly always […]

Getting the hang of Command Strips

Scientifica Cafe

When our customers collect their framed artwork from us, they sometimes ask us the best way to hang the finished product.  We are always happy to advise on good quality wall fixings and how to use them. However, banging a picture hook into a wall doesn’t take much brain- or muscle-power, and it isn’t always the best way to put up a picture. The best method for hanging depends, obviously, on what sort of picture (and weight) it is, and what sort of wall it will be gracing.  Quite often, the walls are more of a problem than the frames, […]

Springtime’s Smiling Face

January is seldom cited as anyone’s favourite month, is it?  I have friends who love winter for its crisp days and log fires, but most are more enthusiastic about the sunnier months, and warmer temperatures.  This time of year can be bleak, with family and friends gone back home or off to work, pine needles stuck in the sitting room carpet, an the still-uneaten remains of festivities staring back at one reproachfully from the fridge. Add the imminence of the credit card bill plopping onto the doormat, and many of us just want to huddle under a duvet and make […]

Our Framing Year.. a 2016 retrospective

“May you live in interesting times” is a Confucian curse – or blessing, depending on which way you look at it.  2016 was, most certainly, an interesting year, not least in the framing studio. With the team now augmented by the happy additions of Laura and Piers, we have added further skills to those already on offer – for example, Laura’s craft  genius manifested in clever little beanbags to hold down problematically curly pictures to perfection, and Piers providing a deft hand with wood and paint in the carpentry studio, among other things. Commissions for a variety of projects kept […]

A Christmas Message…

Santa’s elves have not been the only ones busy in the workshop this past few weeks, we have been working on getting our cherished customers’ orders out in time for Christmas at Uckfield Framing too. We have enjoyed a huge variety of commissions this year (more of that in next week’s 2016 Round-Up blog) and hope the work that we have done brings much pleasure to you and your loved ones in the months and years to come. A recent commission was ‘Wonderland’, which we thought would be a very appropriate illustration for this time of year: We would like […]

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