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

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.

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.