A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates and reflections on our work and mission to revive the art and craft of framing pictures. Here I'll show you new jobs we're especially proud of and keep you up on what's going on at the Gallery, as well as discuss topics germane to our work, including handcraft and work generally, the place of art, and ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement (especially its greatest leaders, John Ruskin and William Morris).

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—Tim Holton

Flowers for the Queen: Framing Louis Turpin

Posted on September 14th, 2022

This is a 22″ x 20″ oil painting, “Reds and Yellows,” by contemporary British artist Louis Turpin. The painter’s website says he’s exhibited at The Royal Academy, The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Society of Portrait Painter... continue reading.

A Frame Is a Kind of Torii Gate: Framing Another Shin Hanga Nocturne

Posted on September 7th, 2022

Like the Kawase Hasui print in my last post, this is beautiful nocturne out of the shin hanga tradition. “Rainy Miyajima” (1941, 15-3/8″ x 10″), is a woodblock by shin hanga master Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870 – 1949) depicting the torii gate at I... continue reading.

The Sheltering Sky of Kawase Hasui

Posted on September 4th, 2022

The still beauty of a scene like “Spring Moon at Ninomiya Beach” by the great Shin Hanga printmaker, Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) warrants few words. I’ll only say something about the frame—another example of a sheltering design, an approach I’ve f... continue reading.

Another Sheltering Design: Framing a Harrison Clarke Etching

Posted on September 3rd, 2022

This is a 9″ x 6″ etching by Harrison Clarke titled “Garden Gate, Spain,” n.d. (1930’s). Most of the frame is 3/4″ wide, but it bumps out 1/8″ at the top portion, and that wider portion is also 1/16″ thicker than the lower... continue reading.

A Sheltering Tile Frame

Posted on August 31st, 2022

This is a set of contemporary Italian tiles in another example of what I’m calling, for lack of a better term, a sheltering frame, a bit like the one discussed in my last post on framing a William Rice print. Each tile is 6″ x 6″, so the whole set of e... continue reading.

The Light Falls: Framing William Seltzer Rice

Posted on August 30th, 2022

I’ve written before (in this post, for example) about the unique opportunity for harmony that exists between a block print and a wooden frame: the carving of the face of the frame can create not only an effective profile for the presentation of the print but can a... continue reading.

Re-Framing N.C. Wyeth

Posted on August 28th, 2022

Here’s a feather in our cap—or our cowboy hat. We had the honor this month of getting to make a frame for a painting by N.C. Wyeth (American, 1882-1945). The oil on canvas, titled “Ahead Rode a Keen-Eyed Man,” 11″ x 36″, was made in 1908 ... continue reading.

An “O” for Odetta

Posted on August 27th, 2022

A little rounding off can make a frame a kind of “O,” so it seemed clear how this poster, “O is for Odetta,” should be framed. The 21″ x 15″ silkscreen is by long time Berkeley High School art teacher Miriam Klein Stahl, and is one of... continue reading.

Framing Angel Espoy

Posted on August 24th, 2022

Two thirds of the Earth is ocean, so as land animals, our lives as humans are framed by the sea. Angel Espoy (Spain and California, 1879-1963) was a sailor and merchant marine and even a ship’s captain, and so knew his subject for this painting well. Not only that... continue reading.