A Frame-Maker’s Journal
Updates 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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This Saturday here at the gallery prior to the opening of our show of watercolors by Robert Tetlow, I’ll be giving a talk called “A Frame-Maker’s Approach to Framing Watercolors.” I’d forgotten about this lovely mid-century Japanese waterco... continue reading.
We’re looking forward to the opening next Saturday of our exhibit, “Robert Tetlow (1922-1988): A Berkeley Watercolorist Rediscovered and Remembered.” Tetlow taught Landscape Architecture at the UC Berkeley Schools of Environmental Design, and is also k... continue reading.
In preparation to launch a new section of the catalog, “Mitered Frames—Special Corners,” I had a fresh look at the page “Closed-Corner Frames”, which explains one of the most fundamental aspects of our work, and found it needed sprucing up. So ... continue reading.
In this year that celebrates John Ruskin’s 200th birthday, the scholarly website, www.victorianweb.org has been asking students of the great 19th century art and social critic for stories of their “Ruskin encounters.” I was flattered to be asked by the... continue reading.
Hurray for Paul Kratter, for being the featured painter on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine’s June 2019 issue! Many of our customers know and have admired Paul’s work since the Gallery began representing him sixteen(!) years ago. The well written piece de... continue reading.
This is a serigraph by Montana painter Kevin Red Star (b. 1943). The 3/4″ frame is carved with a simple repeat pattern. Cherry was the perfect wood for carving as well as for color. I love doing repeats like this, and in this case it’s doubly resonant with t... continue reading.
We’re excited to announce a new, specially priced offering called “Everyday Framing.” Many of the things folks most commonly want to frame are highly significant to them but really only call for the simplest, most economical framing. Such pieces might ... continue reading.
It felt good to free this one from the cheap ‘sixties linen liner and frame. It’s a terrific small (5-3/4″ x 11-3/4″) oil painting by the important and influential California landscape painter Ray Strong (1905-2006). The land forms provided plent... continue reading.
As graduation time approaches, I want to show an example of how we like to frame diplomas. This frame is in stained solid quartersawn white oak—a humble and famously sturdy and enduring hardwood. The No. 238 profile, which slopes in to the certificate, has a refinemen... continue reading.