Countdown to Christmas

framed harry potter print by minalima

With just two full weeks before Christmas, inevitably time is in short for bespoke framing to be ready for the festive weekend. But with our average turnaround time remaining at a week, there is still plenty of opportunity to get those last minute orders into us. If you are short of ideas, here are a few things going through our workshop at the moment: Time is running out, so contact us soon for Christmas framing! Tim

A majestic sunset..

Framed print by E R Sturgeon

‘Earth has not anything to show more fair: dull would he be of soul who could pass by…a sight so touching in its majesty…’ (and we have to stop there, because William Wordsworth’s ‘Upon Westminster Bridge’ goes on the extol the glories of the views in the morning, and we have a sunset scene to write about). A signed print by E R Sturgeon of the Houses of Parliament in a golden evening light is a particularly fine example of this artist’s work. Born in Somerset in 1920, ‘Dick’ Sturgeon nearly didn’t make it to full adulthood, far less to […]

What’s Good about Black Friday?

Framed prints by Minalima

Officially, the term ‘Black Friday’ is supposed to refer to the day of the year when retail companies ‘go into the black’ (i.e. make a profit). Traditionally, the day after US Thanksgiving is when the Christmas Shopping Frenzy starts… and somehow the idea that we should all go out and grab what bargains there are to be had has crossed the Pond. Probably engineered by marketing guru types. If we sound a bit ‘Bah Humbug’ about it, it is not because we disapprove of getting Christmas shopping done in a timely fashion – in fact, the reverse most definitely applies: […]

We nearly didn’t pop up this year…

pop-up shop for uckfield late night shopping

Even though we don’t get out much (because we are conjuring up framing magic for our lovely customers) it has become noticeable that It’s That Time of Year Again: tinsel and fake snow in shop windows, racks of crackers and cards in the supermarkets (the latter from about September, of which we rather disapprove). Early December, however, is a perfectly respectable time to be reminding folk that the festive season is fast approaching, and we have been regulars at Uckfield’s Late Night Shopping for over ten years now. We thoroughly enjoy having a High Street presence, and mingling with the […]

The meaning of Poppies..

tower of london poppy in black frame

When we think of the meaning of poppies, most people associate them with the fallen in the two world wars, quite correctly. The dramatic success of the Tower of London art installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red in 2014 demonstrates the strength of feeling still experienced – the display comprised 888,246 individual poppies, each one representing the life of a British or Colonial life lost at the Front during the First World War. When these were put up for sale (benefiting the Royal British Legion and five other service charities) – such was the demand that many applicants […]

Kicking off Christmas

Some people are talking about Christmas already! I know, I know we’re supposed to be avoiding the C word, but it is November now and some lovely forward planning customers are bringing things to be framed for Christmas already. Naturally some will leave it till December 24th (mentioning no names Marcus), just to test our turnaround time.. Anyway we wanted to share this interesting project that has been entertaining Laura this week. It’s a collection of football memorabilia that will help immortalise a magic moment for a young supporter. He was selected as Leeds United mascot for a match against […]

Golf Masters

framed golf ball

Even though none of us play the game, there’s not much we don’t know about golf. We’ve framed enough photos of players, clubhouses and courses, as well as the stuff they play with, to be considered complete experts.. This week we’re framing a ball and score card for one local course, and last week it was Nick Faldo memorabilia for another. For sheer scale, not many projects compare to the grand display case we made for a nearby golf club. Complete with mirrors, glass shelves and doors, as well as internal lighting, this one took us a few weeks from […]

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 […]

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