Couturier Lee Paton visited to frame a newly commissioned, exquisitely detailed drawing of the Romanov Family by multi-disciplinary artist Tania Rivilis.
The soft antiquing finish on the chosen silver ornate frame provided a subtle elegance along with classical ornamentation.
The portrait was an original graphite drawing on two layers of transparent paper and includes a number of symbolic items.
The items Tania Rivilis included in the artwork refer to details about the royal family. Objects, such as a small toy horse in the little Alexey's hand, refer to his illness preventing him from riding horses and playing. Also included are a letter from Rasputin and symbolic embroidery details and flowers.
We mounted both sheets in an extra-thick Antique White cotton-core conservation mount; the extra-thickness providing a further quality and dimension.
To frame this unique screenprint in three colours on paper, titled 'Icicles' 2017 by site-responsive contemporary artist Fiona Grady we picked something equally mint.
We chose a blue grey 'Flint' frame, which is one of a new unfinished real wood veneer-wrapped aluminium range, providing a deep profile with a narrow edge and the strength from a metal frame. Visit us to see the range which includes Ash, Maple, Oak, Walnut and Slate. The natural grain of wood along with the sharp edges worked effectively with the geometric shapes and nature of the artwork.
As it is an original unique screenprint which we wanted to protect as well as it to look cool, we mounted it floating in an extra-thick cotton-core mount with Anti-Reflective UV-Filtered Museum Glass. Read more about our Conservation Framing for valuable artworks.
For more about Fiona Grady visit at her website www.fionagrady.co.uk and to buy her work - Look Up print who are selling an edition version similar to this screenprint https://www.lookupprints.com/collections/fiona-grady/products/shards
Contact us or visit our client space Tuesday to Saturdays 9am to 5pm for your framing requirements.
An estimated 40,000 runners will take part in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April, the 38th London Marathon event. Completing over 26 miles around the River Thames is a great achievement for the runners, as well as raising money for charities. Good Luck to all taking part! If you want to display your vest and medal we can frame them.
Framing a sports vest and medal doesn't have to be a huge challenge, at Fine Artisan we can offer simple, affordable solutions. The result is that you can display your London Marathon memorabilia with pride.
We provide a wide range of frames with quality pre-finishes and hand finishes created in our workshop. From contemporary solid oak frames with flat painted edges, stained and painted woods in any colour, matt or gloss white and black frames and textured gold, silver and more traditional mouldings, we can help you decide on the most appropriate frame and mounts to frame your sports vests and medals.
We recently framed a 2017 London Marathon vest with medals in a simple Matt Black deep frame. We also offer Anti-Reflective glass or UV-Filtered to protect objects from fading over time. Our client wanted to include a collection of photographs, we then mounted around the vest. You could include brochures, tickets and any other memorabilia associated with sports and other events. Contact us to discuss your individual framing requirements.
Our hand finished Painted Edge Frames combine natural woods with a smooth painted finish. For this framing example on view in our shop window we have a contemporary print in a deep square oak frame with a hand finished painted facing edge.
The smooth flat paint contrasts and enhances the beauty of the natural Oak wood grain. You can pick the paint colour, frame profile and edge of the frames.
The facing, inner and outer edge of a frame can be painted, or a mix of edges on different frames in a collection as a theme.
The paint colours change under different lighting, on different woods and chosen edge surfaces.
These frames would be perfect for any period with both a contemporary and traditional look.
If you are interested in the art print we have chosen, it is a wonderful 'Language Family Tree' from a comic by Minna Sundburg in a conservation mount. More details available on request.
This colourful mosaic reinterpretation of Lichtenstein's painting 'Girl with Hair Ribbon' required an equally bright frame.
Our clients wanted a gold frame so we offered a wide range to choose from. However, many appeared too dull next to the vibrant colours.
A simple, wide frame was chosen with a bright gold foil finish, which matched tonally against the strong mosaic colours.
The gold frame set a striking addition and new dimension to a well-known Pop Art image.
This mosaic is an example of artworks which can be commissioned from the mosaic artists or there are other mosaics available. More details available on request.
While it is true that it is usually best to mount artwork in a neutral, non-obtrusive cream or white, sometimes these shades are not the desired option. Pale colours can sometimes be too stark or clinical or they fail to enhance the artwork.
There are times when other colours work best or sometimes it is the preference of the client who is looking for something a little different.
This teapot watercolour was mounted with a pale grey mount. The frame is a simple moulding with aluminium leaf gilded on the outer bead, part of our hand finished frames range.
This painting on paper depicting a scene with bamboo in the background also has a grey mount, making the frame feel part of the picture. The frame is an ash frame with a painted finish.
This Hogarth print is livened up with a deep red mount and a gold slip.
Black is often best avoided in mounts but when it works, it enhances artwork greatly. These Sufi miniatures look impressive mounted in black.
Chose the right shade and colours can be introduced into the frame design. For this potato etching, a muted blue was used.
A gilded inner bevel can finish off a mount's edge very nicely, illuminating the picture and following the frame design as with this watercolour portrait. A double mount can add further depth.
We think it is sometimes worth considering alternatives to white and cream mounts in your framing consultations. We provide a good choice of beautifully toned mount samples at Fine Artisan.
Lots of different things can be framed. Here are some ideas of the kinds of 3-D objects you could put into a frame. All can be framed at Fine Artisan with removable fixings to allow the objects to be removed.
1. Childhood Toys
Keep memories alive with toys and keepsakes displayed in a frame.
Treasured valuables can be kept out of harm's way as well as being displayed nicely.
3. Objets D'art
Of course, art is sometimes three dimensional.
Awards and trophies can be framed in traditional or contemporary styles.
You can show off your music taste by framing CDs and records.
There are many more 3-D things to display and lots of options for framing at Fine Artisan.
When framing traditional artwork, it is not always necessary to choose a traditional frame. Often a more modern style of frame can be an excellent choice.
Although these landscape paintings are fairly traditional in style, the client was keen to frame them in something more contemporary, to suit the room they were destined to be hung in.
Having the options of the individual hand finishes meant that we could introduce a wide choice of colours and stains for the client to pick from.
The client chose a simple, square section, painted a solid, mid grey which tonally complemented the paintings without competing with colours.
A client with William Hogarth etchings was keen to remove them from the plastic 60's frames they were in and frame them in a more modern style than the period the prints were made. It was important however to frame them in a profile that was still appropriate to the style of the prints.
There were a few good frame choices and we decided on an elegant black Ogee profile which we modified with the addition of a traditional shaped gold slip.
The mount colour was partially influenced by the red mounts they had previously been framed in, as it is a colour which adds richness, working well with the black and gold frame. A further enhancement of a gold mount slip was added to tie the mount to the frame, completing it.
When framing valuable prints we recommend using UV-filtered glass or acrylic, which have an option of anti-reflection.
A simple square wooden frame hand painted in a darkest grey tone, created the right finish for this eye-popping Op Art Bridget Riley Poster, which was float mounted on conservation board and UV filtered glass raised.
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