Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Small Things Done Well

We collected our artwork from the framer yesterday. Oh my goodness, he is very good at his job, everything looks amazing.

Dan's Great-Grandfather worked as an engineer in the cotton industry and worked around the world, this beautiful painting was presented to him when he worked in Kobe, Japan some time in the 1930's. We just went for a very simple black frame to keep all the attention on the painting. 



This is just a print we bought on a day out in Wales last year, I love the pale grey frame, it looks just as I imagined. 



I am so happy with this print, I didn't know what style of frame I fancied until I saw this zingy yellow aluminium, it was the perfect choice. I also love how it looks as though there's no glass covering it, we went for museum glass as it's going to be in a room with some direct sunlight. Compare it with the reflections on the first picture, amazing. 



This is Dan's birthday present, another woodblock print. Just simple, black again, it will be hung in the same room as the big painting so we wanted something similar.  



Finally, the one that just blew us away. This was a gift from Dan's friend Jay. We went to an event in conversations with designer Craig Oldham last year at the Festival Of Making in Blackburn and he was just so engaging. 



A photograph can't do it justice really, it is soooooooooo black, it's printed with coal dust from the mine his father and grandfather worked, in the flesh it looks gorgeous, or just like a huge black slab - depending on the light. Again we went for a very simple black aluminium frame. 






I could not be happier with how they look and once they're on the wall they'll look even better. If anyone is interested, we used Framing Guru on Redscar in Preston, of course we paid for everything ourselves, I just think it's a quality job worth sharing. 

21 comments:

  1. They look absolutely fantastic, all of them. Your walls will look amazing.
    J x

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    1. Thank you, I'm so pleased with the result.

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  2. Some amazing prints and the painting looks gorgeous. You've chosen some great frames and they only serve to show off your artwork beautifully.

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  3. These are so beautiful and I love how you have a story for each one. The choice of frames is very aprropriate-you have a good eye for enhancing the piece of art. So often, really nice pieces of art are spoiled by the wrong frame.

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    1. Thank you, glad you enjoyed seeing them. I agree with you about a frame sometimes spoiling the image.

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  4. They all look fabulous - I have just scrolled through them again and I can't pick a favourite!!

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    1. Thank you. I know what you mean, I like a different one every time I see them!

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  5. Your artwork looks great. Definitely worth getting done properly.

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    1. Thank you, it really was worth it, and not very expensive either.

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  6. My daughter would be fascinated by the print form JApan. Beautiful work.

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    2. Thank you, the detail is beautiful.

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  7. Your framer did a marvelous job. Everything looks fantastic.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you, I am so impressed with his work.

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  8. Wow, they all look amazing. Getting them done professionally makes such a difference and will give longevity to such great artwork.

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    1. Thank you. You are right, it makes the most of such wonderful pieces, and not too expensive, we paid far less than I'd anticipated.

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  9. They all look absolutely amazing. I love the print from Wales and it might be the smallest one, but the print in the zingy frame looks stunning. The simple black frames are a perfect choice - as you say the let the prints take centre stage. I find things like the coal dust picture fascinating - not only the end product but the fact somebody has even thought about doing it. xx

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    1. Thank you.

      I love the print from Wales, I think we paid about £25 for it, so not expensive at all but it really looks special now.

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  10. Your art works are wonderful! The Coal one is really powerful! So many ways that message could be read and interpreted! The others are beautiful too as are your choices of frame!

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    1. Thank you! The coal one really has become a favourite, it's not on the wall yet, but I just keep looking at it.

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