Blog: All Posts in the Miscellaneous Category

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 […]

Fostering talent

drawing ben wade

When we encounter novice artists at Uckfield Framing,we do our best to encourage them, and, where possible, foster their progress to the best of our ability. We are proud of our track record in giving a helping hand to many an artist needing framing for a first exhibition, and sometimes giving them ideas on where and how to develop their market. One such talent is Ben Wade, who works in extremely time-consuming and detailed mediums, drawing from ten to fifteen hours every day (and frequently nights too), focusing on the human form. Ben is a BA (Hons) Fine Art student […]

Waste not, want not: Let’s turn it into art…

We probably don’t need to stress our commitment to recycling at the framing studio: huge material-appropriate bins bear witness to our dedication to the cause for any customer who visits us and gets a peek at the hive of industry that is our workshop. Cardboard, paper, glass and metal receptacles take all the ‘spoil’ that offcuts, discards and old fixings create in the picture framing business. It mounts up considerably, and He Who Captains our Particular Ship has a nifty way of finding out whose recycling bin at home has a little squeezable space so that these things can go […]

Zen And the Noble Art of Taping Picture Frames…

Taping the back of a MinaLima frame...

Given that Tim is currently doing his version of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance with his jolly around Italy on the MotoGiro d’Italia on his vintage bike, we were feeling a bit left out, so we decided to get a little bit of the Zen stuff going here, but with sticky tape rather than glorious scenery, food, wine and motorcycling adventure heaven. I know, I know, I have said before how much I enjoy taping and finishing pictures: there is something deeply satisfying about it all, and one really does enter something close to a meditative state (especially […]

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 […]

A Christmas Message…

Santa’s elves have not been the only ones busy in the workshop this past few weeks, we have been working on getting our cherished customers’ orders out in time for Christmas at Uckfield Framing too. We have enjoyed a huge variety of commissions this year (more of that in next week’s 2016 Round-Up blog) and hope the work that we have done brings much pleasure to you and your loved ones in the months and years to come. A recent commission was ‘Wonderland’, which we thought would be a very appropriate illustration for this time of year: We would like […]

And we can now bring you.. photographic magic!

When we work with images in the framing studio, we always do everything we can to showcase each picture to the very best of our ability. Sometimes we work with fragile and antique images for people who want to protect them in a good frame, and we always take particular care with these. Protecting your pictures is of paramount importance, and because of that, we  thought it would be a good idea to go the ‘extra mile’ and offer the opportunity to our customers to digitize and improve treasured photographs.  With huge advances in art and photographic reproduction, it makes […]

Bird boxes worth tweeting about

Usually we witter on about framing related activities, because that’s what we are mostly doing in our day job. But our adult woodwork classes run all year, on Tuesday afternoons and evenings. From time to time we post some pretty pictures of the student’s work. Over the last two terms we have had an unusually high proportion of beginners, not necessarily new to woodwork, but new to our workshop. These woodwork beginners always start with the ‘familiarization project’, which is to make a humble bird-box.   This project covers the basics, including the use of woodwork machines, and we usually […]

Whatever happened to Dan Dare?

dan dare

I’d like to start this piece, not about picture framing, but something completely different. No, not Monty Python either. But space, the final frontier and all that.. And the reason for this sudden early-onset random topic was Monday’s trip to the Uckfield Picture House to see the UK-wide ‘live cinema’ screening of ‘The Last Man on the Moon‘. Although this was no Hollywood blockbuster with state of the art CGI action sequences, it was all the better for it. It was a new British documentary about one of the great men from the Gemini and Apollo days that we (some […]

Hello Laura!

Hello everyone! As the newest member of the Uckfield Framing Company family, I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself.. I would firstly like to thank Tim and Natalie for being so patient with me whilst I learn the ropes and get to grips with the vast amount of information they have to impart on art and framing. Unlike them I do not have a background in art (unless you count doodling the odd Disney character for my kids!). I have however tried my hand at most crafts including jewellery making, scrapbooking, sewing and upcycling furniture. So I […]

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