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

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.

Framing a Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth Linocut

Posted on August 22nd, 2022

This is a linoleum block print by Norbertine von Bresslern-Roth (Austria, 1891-1978), who some regard as the greatest twentieth century European animal artist. The untitled 8″ x 9-1/8″ linocut of three greyhounds is dated 1926. Bresslern-Roth beautifully cap... continue reading.

Framing an Antique Textile

Posted on August 18th, 2022

Not much is known about this stitched piece, but it was clearly made in the early twentieth century. It came to us with a raw edge, so evidently never saw any use or enjoyed presentation of any kind. We had it stretched and gave the 21″ x 20″ work a 3″... continue reading.

Framing Paul Roehl’s “Overcast Sky”

Posted on August 17th, 2022

As part of our current gallery showcase of larger paintings, “The Mighty Earth,” we’ve framed Paul Roehl‘s beautifully moody “Overcast” (oil on board, 20″ x 24″). The quartersawn white oak frame, made by Trevor Davis, is a... continue reading.

Framing Toshi Yoshida and the Wings of Love

Posted on August 16th, 2022

This rare large (13″ x 17-1/2″) woodblock print made by Toshi Yoshida in 1994, “Dance of Eternal Love,” is an extraordinary and inspired image which my customer and I saw fit to play up in the framing by adapting the form of the expressively spre... continue reading.

Framing Peet’s Coffee and Mr Peet’s Place In the Living Legacy of the Arts and Crafts Movement In Berkeley

Posted on August 14th, 2022

My last post celebrated 50 years of Chez Panisse by featuring two recently framed David Lance Goines posters made for the restaurant. Here, also recently framed, is another poster by Mr Goines, this one made in 2010 for another world-renowned North Berkeley food establi... continue reading.

David Lance Goines, Chez Panisse and a Fifty Year Legacy Suitable for Framing

Posted on August 9th, 2022

Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley graphic designer and printer David Lance Goines made this poster for a friend who was celebrating the first anniversary of her restaurant on Shattuck Avenue. Since then, Alice Waters and the “delicious revolution” she lau... continue reading.

“A Tabernacle for the Sun”: Framing Thomas Kegler

Posted on August 4th, 2022

This is an oil painting by an extraordinary artist out of East Aurora, New York. Thomas Kegler (b. 1970) has very deliberately embraced the nineteenth century Hudson River School tradition, and it shows. We placed the 15″ x 30″ “Morning Has Broken, Psa... continue reading.

Framing a Famous Utagawa Hiroshige Print

Posted on August 3rd, 2022

In 1857, the same year that Utagawa Kunisada made the print in my last post, another Utagawa, Utagawa Hiroshige, produced his “Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake.” As part of the artist’s series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo,̶... continue reading.