Blog: All Posts in the Frames Category

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 […]

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, […]

Greater than the sum of its parts…

We’re well up to speed with ‘The Customer is Always Right’ at the framing studio: a number of our customers come in with definite ideas about how they want their particular item framed, and we are always happy to oblige. Of course, it can be more fun for us when customers ask for a little steer on mount colour, or moulding or overall finish of an item, as it keeps the old creative juices flowing, and you do feel a real part of those particular jobs – with the resulting pride in having done it well when the customer is […]

Framing cutlery and collectables…

The Roving Framer has been totting up the Airmiles again, and as ever, has kept a weather eye out for anything on the framing front that might be of interest to our lovely customers. There wasn’t much in the way of framing examples in the African bush, admittedly, although quite a few of the wildlife photographs will find their way into something suitably woody and appropriate in the fullness of time. I could show off by posting pictures of elephant, rhino babies and lion, or, best of all, a pair of beautiful breeding leopards, but I won’t, because you might […]

Stacking and Tramps…

You could be forgiven for thinking we’re getting a bit out of our comfort zone with the heading for today’s blog. Be of good heart! We have no intention of layering malodorous Knights of the Road in any shape or form – these are two different terms for unusual types of frames. In the main when we frame things for customers, we take lovely long lengths of pre-made mouldings, crunch them in the Morso (very satisfying noise it makes, too); assemble them with the aid of the underpinner (if it’s in a good mood); cut glass, mount board and backs…and […]

Framing Fantastic Beasts…

Over the last couple of months, we have been busy in the workshop working our magic on frames for some very special prints by design studio MinaLima. Since 2001, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have been responsible for creating the graphic props for the Harry Potter films (newspapers, potion labels, etc), including the latest film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’. For the last few years they have also been exhibiting and selling limited edition prints of their designs, and we have been honoured to frame them. Being a graphic design student in a former life I was rather […]

Vested interests…

When one thinks of English screen ‘funny’ baddies, there are a couple of names that crop up regularly: Terry-Thomas is right up there with the best of them. Gap-toothed, he was famed for playing upper-class twits, toffs, cads and bounders. Strolling along on screen or stage, in his sharp suit and spats, drawling innuendoes, he is remembered with affection by film buffs all over the world. Some of those sharp suits turned up a few years ago in a barn in Devon, owned by Terry-Thomas’s cousins. Among the salvageable clothing items were several waistcoats worn by the dapper gent himself, […]

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