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Poshing up a brotherly picture

.. and after some magic has been worked

We have spoken before of the magic that Richard Haines at PhotographsForever can achieve with his advanced techniques for refurbishing old or damaged pictures.  This week shows a cracking example of what can be done:  my brother’s graduation photograph was terribly faded and damaged, and the frame had fallen off my mother’s mantelpiece one too many times.  It was urgently in need of an upgrade. Richard very kindly did the photographic honours, restoring the original colours beautifully, and ‘disappearing’ the scratches and damage to the finish on the picture.  The results, I think, are remarkable. The addition of a clean […]

Springtime’s Smiling Face

January is seldom cited as anyone’s favourite month, is it?  I have friends who love winter for its crisp days and log fires, but most are more enthusiastic about the sunnier months, and warmer temperatures.  This time of year can be bleak, with family and friends gone back home or off to work, pine needles stuck in the sitting room carpet, an the still-uneaten remains of festivities staring back at one reproachfully from the fridge. Add the imminence of the credit card bill plopping onto the doormat, and many of us just want to huddle under a duvet and make […]

Our Framing Year.. a 2016 retrospective

“May you live in interesting times” is a Confucian curse – or blessing, depending on which way you look at it.  2016 was, most certainly, an interesting year, not least in the framing studio. With the team now augmented by the happy additions of Laura and Piers, we have added further skills to those already on offer – for example, Laura’s craft  genius manifested in clever little beanbags to hold down problematically curly pictures to perfection, and Piers providing a deft hand with wood and paint in the carpentry studio, among other things. Commissions for a variety of projects kept […]

Stately frames

These were a bit out of the ordinary, designed and made for a stately home somewhere in Hampshire.The brief was to come up with something a bit different, and rather grand. We always love a challenge, so tried to think a little outside the rectangle, as it were. So no conventional 45 degree mitred corners, no pre-finished picture frame moulding for this one. We bought some lengths of fluted pine and took them into our woodwork shop to have a little play. The corner blocks were made just a smidge bigger than the moulding, and all the parts assembled using […]

Happy New Year! ..We start with a look back at the last one

We are having a few days off recovering from the busy run up to Christmas, and looking through our photos from the last twelve months reminds us of the variety of work we did in 2015..                          

The Apprentice: The recipe for success continues..

The Points: I wish I had a pound for every rusted triangle point I have coaxed out of a geriatric frame.  And then another one for every time I’ve had to wrangle tiny staples (also rusting) out with pincers just to liberate the contents of a picture.  We use Fletcher point guns, with both rigid and flexible points for different uses, which fire a straight, clean, flat ‘arrow’ into the picture frame, holding the back, mounts, artwork and glass in position prior to taping.  They don’t rust, shift or cause serious injury on removal.  (I love them). The Glass: We do […]

Now showing at the local Picture House.. .. Restaurant!

What to do with a collection of classic film posters, amassed over many decades by Kevin Markwick, the owner of Uckfield’s famous Picture House? Kevin’s passion for movies has resulted in this wonderful selection of Quad posters (40 x 30 inch landscape format). Comprising a real cross section of genres from comedy spoof to sci-fi, and musical to western, these posters are for many well known and much loved films, as well as some little known and long forgotten titles. But collecting these posters is only part of the enjoyment.. Kevin’s ambition was to get them out and let others […]

A Tractor Driving Proficiency Certificate.. from the Land Army

Dating from 1944, this rare document was unearthed by a Nutley customer of ours recently.. a certificate signed by Lady Denman, with a distinction no less! Preserved in quite excellent condition for the last 70 years, it was decided to put it on display, yet preserve it in pristine condition for posterity. A bit of a dichotomy you may think.. keeping it tucked away in a dark place would surely be the best way to stop it fading? Yet with the miracles of modern glazing technology, it is possible to keep the harmful UV rays at bay whilst viewing with […]

Deckchair weather is here again.. for ‘deckchair’ print browsers anyway

As UK’s weather reminds us we can expect better than cold and yet more rain, the seasonal demand for our deckchair browsers begins.. A few years ago, we designed a small piece of equipment best described as a print browser. Like all the best products, it sprang from a need we identified amongst the first year’s Uckfield Festival Art Trail artists. The brief was quickly defined; what was sorely needed was a lightweight holder of prints, pictures, photos etc, enabling customers to easily browse, and hopefully buy the artists’ work. Oh, and this ‘browser’ needed to fold flat for storage […]

Maps.. two and three dimensional ones

We love maps, and it seems other people are just as passionate, judging by the number we get to frame. Customised OS maps are undoubtedly the ones we see most.. you know the ones; about a metre square, printed to order, centred on a postcode. One recent customer had TWO identical ones given him for Christmas, apparently his gift hints must have been too heavy! We framed them both in solid oak, and he donated one to the golf clubhouse over the road.. What a great solution! But earlier this month we had a map commission with a difference. My […]

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