Impressive stuff.. playing with our new press

We have a new toy! It’s a ‘Hot Press’.. ok not brand new, but a pre-owned, one careful lady owner from new kind of thing. It is simply the best modern incarnation in a whole history of presses, having a large bed for artwork, a built in heater to activate adhesives, and a vacuum pump to provide enough pressure to squeeze most things we might want to squeeze. Owning one of these babies opens up lots of new opportunities for us, our work and our customers. I won’t go into huge detail, partly because it’s technical and boring, and to […]

Caring for your artwork

Ok I admit it, we don’t always do what the customer wants! We were reminded this week about the need to provide appropriate advice to visiting customers, which might involve as in this recent incidence, in not doing what we are first asked to do! Let me elaborate.. a couple, who have never been in before, arrive at our workshop with a limited edition Banksie print. It has languished in storage for a number of years, at one point getting a smidge damp in the garage, causing a touch of cockling. (By this I mean getting wrinkled, rather than being […]

Getting the right ingredients..

Pretty in pink!

We’ve said it before, but framing is like cooking, you have lots of ingredients to choose from… and there are many ways to get to the end result. Open a few cookbooks and there will be an equal number of recipes, all slightly different, but all promising the very best results. Sometimes we have our favourites, and may make our own adjustments based on what we like, or more practically what we happen to have in the fridge! But this proves that there are many ways to get to the end result; that one is not always better than another, […]

On reflection.. our funhouse mirrors

We’ve talked about mirrors made in all shapes and sizes, but we thought it was about time to properly highlight an increasingly popular area of our business, those of the fairground or funhouse variety. We have made several batches of these over the years since our first order in 2014, with a set of yellow ones last year. Who buys these strange things, you may well ask.. Quite a variety of people it turns out.. we supplied one to a magician in Glasgow for his stage show, another for a wedding prop. Many enquiries come from event organizers, health club […]

Rhapsody in Grey

Sometimes the most unprepossessing items frame really well. It’s a real fillip to the old creative instincts to bring the best out of an item and make a something out of what might have been considered a nothing. Often it’s the most unlikely things that transform themselves into star turns with a judicious choice of surround and frame, and one of the pleasures of the job is watching the transformation. A photocopy of a rather crude drawing of a Siamese (I am allowed to say that: I drew it) didn’t look as though it would scrub up particularly well, but […]

New mouldings for a new season!

Adding new chevrons to our board...

With the new season now upon us we thought it was a perfect time to update our gallery’s sample board with some new, fresh mouldings. Here is a pick of our favourites: One new moulding that has already been very popular in the short time we have had it, is the “Vintage” range. This moulding has a deliberate aged look but has been reinvented to maintain it’s relevance. This range is available in eight different colours including this vibrant orange. Another great new range for us is “Simplicity”. This is an easy to use, everyday range. Although this is an […]

The Covetability Factor

The new gilt frame's lovely patina shines through

It really gets our framing fingers itching when we have a piece brought in to us by an artist variously described as very famous.. collectible.. prolific.. lovely.. talented AND glamorous. So it was this week. A small and most definitely perfectly formed oil on board by artist Sheree Valentine Daines was the cause of the itchy-finger outbreak which caused such a flutter in the workshop. Sheree Valentine Daines is described as ‘the face of modern British impressionism’; ‘artist to the stars’ and ‘the finest figurative artist we have here in the UK’ by the press and such august institutions as […]

35 years of woodwork classes

We are currently freshening up our website (like one does rather sporadically), and in describing our current classes were surprised to find that the woodwork one began 35 years ago! Not only that, but one member of the ‘class of ’82’ then held at Ringmer School, has been a continual attender ever since! Des, my good friend and fellow woodwork collaborator, has been coming ever since then, which if my maths is correct, amounts to over 1800 hours of class time, plus the homework of course! Hasn’t he learnt enough to do it on his own yet, you may well […]

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 […]

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