Blog: All Posts in the Frames Category

Now you see it…Now you don’t

A sample of our new 'Museum' quality 99% anti-UV glass!

Spot the difference. Actually, you can’t. This watercolour of a French villa looks no different now to when it was brought into us for reglazing. What has changed is the nature of the glass. We retained all the other elements of moulding and mount at the owner’s request, the secret is why we had to reglaze a perfectly well-framed item. The clue is in where it hangs when it’s at home. The owner has a lovely orangery, light-filled for nearly the entire day, and the pictures therein were in serious danger of fading so badly you couldn’t identify the images. […]

A picture framing cooperative

We finished an interesting project last week, and as ever we love to share! The challenge was to display this beautifully colourful but extremely fragile peacock paper-cut.. how best to show off its delicate qualities whilst gently cosseting it for the future. To show the intricate cut shapes we felt a shadow effect would work well, and to keep the thin paper in place we chose to sandwich it between two sheets of glass, and then suspend this above a textured pale mountboard. Not just ordinary glass either, but ‘magic‘ glass of the ArtGlass variety with added UV protection. This […]

Ideas on art don’t have to be set in concrete…

Sometimes something that has little immediate appeal can frame up surprisingly well, rather against expectations. One such item was a rather gloomy and damaged looking piece of card given to me by my dad with the exhortation: “See if you can do anything with it.” From what I can tell, it is a work created by over-painting an existing colour on a piece of heavy card, and then scratching out the design through the top layer of paint with a sharp object to create the picture. The back story is that it was a design for a huge artwork on […]

How to frame your Hockney…

'The Road to Thwing' framed in natural oak with a single off white mount...

As you can imagine, a vast number of artist works (both original and reproduction) grace our work benches here. This week we have been framing prints of David Hockney paintings, for two separate clients (I love serendipity, don’t you?). As the prints were different in style and subject matter (two prints being Hockney paintings from 1967 and the other, a painting from 2006), they were framed using ingredients appropriate for the print, whilst being sympathetic to Hockney’s iconic style. Naturally we wanted to show them to you… His paintings are currently on show at the Tate for those of you […]

The bear necessities.. displaying a teddy bear

The happy chappie...

This little fella doesn’t need any introduction really, certainly not to his owner anyway. A much loved and well worn cuddly friend called ‘Army Ted’, he needed to be preserved and cherished in retirement. Much as we all do. Army Ted is around 35 now in human terms, which is really quite ancient in teddy bear years. Resplendent in his old action man tunic and cub badge, he is now ready for his honourable retirement. So a beautiful oak box frame was made this week, complete with magic glass so he can continue to observe the world exactly as it […]

And to cap it all.. framing an England Rugby cap

We had the honour this week to frame not only the rugby shirt of a recently capped England player, but his cap as well! We have all heard of sports players being ‘capped’ meaning to play for their country at international level, but I for one have never actually seen one of these caps, let alone framed one. Well I can tell you now the cap is a beautiful thing to behold.. like an old school cap but made of velvet with shiny metallic braid, a bobble on top, and a tassel. Doing a little research I found that although […]

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 […]

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