Sometimes it’s hard to face the day. It’s somehow harder when the monster frame you put together touching on three years ago, with varying difficulty, show’s up again at your door.Read More
It’s been yet another shockingly long time since I update this page. But so it is. I have been trying to think of something fascinating to fill in the blank Word page and equally as a follow up to my last word- dump.
So I have chosen this. A gift I have made for my friends… a restored 18thC frame with a double aperture mount to show off their beautiful children. It’s a bit showy and bling but that’s the point.
I'm a big fan of fine photography. So it suited me well going AWOL for a couple of weeks into the inner more depths of Fife shire, to assist Travel and landscape photographer Alex Lindsay and his most trusted mounter Terry, in preparation for his up and coming exhibition in Capetown.Read More
As we have hit 2019 its time to catch up with the loose ends. In my previous edition I promised all you ardent readers of ‘Framing Fans 2018’ that the next post would provide an in depth insight into 'making your own linen mount’. So fear no more as the 2019 episode is hear. And making a sensational linen mount is exactly what we are going to do.Read More
… and there is no window to jump out.
It may seem extreme but it’s a real problem. First try to concentrate on your breath….Read More
It’s always a great joy when a customer is openly happy to hear that you hand finish frames according to their own specifications and art works. Rather than puzzled looks while their eyes glance rapidly around my chaotic workshop for some hint of a ready- made cornice.Read More
Sometimes it can take a long time to find the appropriate way forward for a work… Not everyone has the patience for this. But some people want the right idea and insist on waiting for the right pieces to fall together, and indeed this can be an interesting job to work on. Even if it has taken well over a year to get going!Read More
The past few weeks I have really enjoyed being part of the Fife Historic Buildins Trust project to renovate the Cupar Burgh Chambers, and all of the challenges and rewards that came with it….
David Wilkie is known for his warm portraits and everyday scenes, many of which we can see taking part in our local area such as ‘the Fair at Pitlessie' I had the delight of making a Rosewood finish frame with oil gilded inner slip for my favourite Wilkie painting; the stunning self portrait, as well as the portrait of the artists parentsRead More
… And Why does this bloke Vicenzo Lunardi deserve the Grandeur of Gilt? A Gothic Sand Gilt Frame. Believe it or not this is a thing. And straightforward as it looks in appearance, the assembly and occurance is indeed rather complex. And the final article is traditionally used for early prints and engravings, as it is being used in this instanceRead More
.... ish. But this is What I did. And it isn't always pretty. So if you don't like the thought of your frame being thrown on the ground to achieve a desired effect. Stop reading here.
Why would you want to make a frame look as though it was falling apart. You might ask and be well within your right because it does sound a bit mad.
However as mentioned in an earlier post- my latest challenge is to make appropriate works which will authentically reflect the original art works and the space the works will be hung in. Therefore this classic frame, which you may recognise cropping up many times before, is being used here to Frame an ‘old Map of Cupar’.Read More
This week’s feature is a really a collection by a local gentleman from Anstruther, who has recently discovered an avid interest in painting- swearing not to stop plastering oil on canvas until his wall is decorated entirely with little rectangular musings of the East Neuk of Fife.
It’s good to leave a good long space of time between jobs. As we all know. Life is too precious. And when you’re patient you often find the good jobs come along…
In the meantime, I am sharing my recently complete work; a frame for a beautiful modern Italian oil painting.
A very overdue Blog postRead More