Restoration: when to call in the experts

oil painting before restoration

We do all sorts of projects here at Uckfield Framing Company. Some commissions come with unique challenges, and most are met within the confines of the studio and workshop. Occasionally, we find that we need to call in an expert in one of several artistic disciplines, and we are always interested to learn from them. For example, we were asked to rescue a badly foxed watercolour, which needed a good spruce-up.  Paper conservation is not something we undertake as standard here, but we do work with local experts in this field. Our paper conservator was able to successfully remove the […]

Banishing a pet peeve

framed illustration

Probably the only downside to learning how to make beautiful frames is that one becomes horribly picky about the pictures one encounters throughout life. Now that I understand that ‘less is more’ and that a crisp, clean surround works brilliantly for pretty much every kind of artwork, I get frustrated when I see lovely images in fussy, heavy or over-decorated frames. It has taken me nearly two years to settle down with the colours and shapes that I choose for my own pieces of art – when I first started out I was having fun playing with a variety of […]

From rolled-up print to picture perfect!


Christmas may have been and gone, but the legacy of it lingers…either in the form of unwelcome credit card surprises or presents that have yet to reach their potential. By that we mean unframed pictures that loiter in dark corners: most households have at least one print or poster curled up in a cardboard tube, lonely and unloved, and it is our mission to bring these out to be seen in the sunshine (when it does…). One such is a splendid print by Scottish artist Archibald Thorburn, (1860-1935). A painter of renown both during his lifetime and after his death, […]

The first class of the year..

student on picture framing course

It’s been a while since we mentioned our picture framing classes, but these have been increasing in popularity since we began them a few years ago, the most recent of which ran two weeks ago. These one-day beginners courses cover the basic processes and skills required in home picture framing, focusing on DIY tools and equipment that enthusiastic ‘amateurs’ might have to hand. The emphasis is certainly hands-on, and we really make the learners work their socks off! We take a small print and produce a finished picture by the end of the day, which is quite an undertaking in […]

How to frame a poster

There really is no one-size-fits-all answer to the ideal way to frame a poster. Putting aside aesthetics for a moment, where the frame and mount materials obviously hugely influence the look and feel of the finished article, here we solely explore the practicalities with a couple of contrasting examples. This week we had the pleasure of framing another batch of classic movie posters for the Uckfield Picture House. These larger than life examples of 40 year old artwork were designed to be viewed from a distance, measuring up to 1600 x 1200 mm. Printed on paper these posters were never […]

Ultra marathon running medal display

As we are so often reminded, we learn something new each day. For example, we all know that a marathon is a jolly long way (technically around 26 miles), but apparently there are some that find this is just not far enough. So they run distances of 50 miles instead.. just for fun! These organised runs, often with a lot of hills to add to the challenge, are of course called Ultramarathons. And if running one of these is still a bit of a walk in the park, then the next level is apparently running four of these within a […]

Casting a new light on the subject

It’s one of those things…you decide to redecorate a room and Mission Creep happens – the walls and ceiling look spruce, but the carpet looks a bit shabby, so you go and get a new one (or a rug to cover the shabby bits); the curtains look a bit faded and tired (and my goodness, don’t those windows need a good clean).  It’s a truism that whenever you redecorate a room, it always ends up with everything getting a refurb, even the pictures on the walls get their chance at a tidy-up. We all suffer from the malaise of Not […]

A trip down memory lane.. a look back at the highlights of 2017

framed harry potter print by minalima

Looking back at the year’s highlights is a great reminder of the fantastic diversity of this job. We never quite know what the next framing challenge will be. Often the most interesting projects start with a phone call that begins something like “I don’t know if you can help, but..” Of course we do lots of ‘ordinary’ framing jobs, but a few of the more unusual projects do tend to stick in the mind..                   Tim

In The (Christmas) Frame: The Usual Suspects

Christmas Frame

In case you hadn’t noticed…it’s That Time Of Year Again. When supermarket shelves groan with tinsel and turkeys; shops are thronged with mildly panicked shoppers determined to get Christmas Sorted as soon as possible; Christmas Muzak playing ubiquitously and plenty of framing projects on the go. One of the best bits (for us) is we get to take our annual Merry Team Photograph. So Here We Are – Merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun: The cheerful bunch shown here (from left) include Tim (Boss Santa, so to speak) and Framing Elves Laura, Natalie and Piers. Yes, we are usually this jolly, […]

Restoring images of Nutley’s past…

restored photos of nutley memorial hall

Sometimes we have to conjure up a little more than a smart mount and frame for an assignment that comes into the workshop, and it is a pleasant challenge to do something just a little different for a customer. Recently we were given a frame containing some very old, very faded and damaged newspaper cuttings of the original opening of Nutley War Memorial Hall in its first incarnation. Carried in that august organ, The Daily Mirror, the pictures showed local dignitary Major Cohen hanging a wreath over a plaque, after which Lady Kent unlocked the door and the second picture […]

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