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.
'Focusing isn't just an optical activity, it is also a mental one.' Bridget Riley
Unusual artworks often inspire an alternative approach to framing.
For two book pages illustrated with gold leafed miniature paintings depicting Sufi Whirling, a deep solid Oak frame with Black Stain and Wax hand finish was a great choice because of its richness and simplicity.
More traditional shaped and gilded frames were also considered, but our client decided to match their other frames ordered which were contemporary in style.
The pages appear to be suspended between two sheets of anti-reflective glass which creates a magical illusion of floating, which compliments the meditation described in the paintings where the Sufi figures perform ritual positions and spinning.
The depth of this oak frame means it can stand unaided, as well as being hung on a wall if preferred. As the wallpaper behind would be seen through the glass, this can add new design and colour elements depending on where it is placed.
By displaying it as an object on a shelf or table, you would be able to see the reverse of the pages and also the gold leaf could be lit effectively to shine.
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Presenting the new Copper frame collection at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers, they are ab-so-lute-ly the Cat's Pajamas!
The Copper collection are created with 100% FSC Ayous frame mouldings, finished with Copper foils on a trafila base from Italy in Art Deco style profiles.
The warmth and exuberance of these mouldings compliments the rich sepia tones of old family photographs which we have been framing for our new copper inspired window display.
You can create pleasing formations with groups of photographs like the flower formation below which takes advantage of their various sizes and dimensions. Photos can be mounted using multi-aperture window mounts or float mounted to display the photos in their entirety. When framing traditionally printed photography it is important to use the highest quality mount board.
The various types of photographic processes need to be considered to properly conserve photography. Alternatively you can have copies of your old photographs made which opens up the framing possibilities and allows for a greater choice of mount board colours.
The old family carte de visite photographic portraits we have been framing date from the early 20th Century. The Art Deco style of the copper frames enhances these photographs beautifully, delivering a sympathetic traditional style with a contemporary feel.
We have been framing some exotic flamingo illustrations by Shelley Revill which also work splendidly with our copper collection. The depth of the copper colour emphasises the confident hot colours in the illustrations while the solid simple form is ideal for modern simple shapes.
When framing Limited Edition Prints such as these, we advise to frame to at least Conservation Framing standard.
Here's a little more Copper inspiration for you with this dreamy romantic video - Dulux 2015 Colour of the Year 'Copper Blush' video with Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Visit our Client Space at Fine Artisan Conservation Framers to view the Copper collection.
We hope you find our copper frames most agreeable as they are the Bee's Knees!
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