A Frame-Maker’s Journal
Updates and ruminations 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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We just framed this exquisite 1906 watercolor, “Mt Tamalpais from Richardson Bay” (10-1/2” x 21”), by notable California painter Alfred Farnsworth (1858-1908). The 2-1/2” frame is stained walnut in a very shallow slope that coves up near the outside to a soft ... continue reading.
I’ve just put up the web page for our current show, “Beloved California: Sixteen Painters With a Passion for Place.” Shots of the opening are at the bottom of the page. As you can see, the event was a great success, with a big, enthusiastic turnout, an... continue reading.
For a frame-maker living and working in California, nothing beats getting to frame a painting by Arthur Frank Mathews (1860–1945). Mathews was not only one of the state’s preeminent painters, but he and his wife Lucia were unsurpassed in their concern for the ot... continue reading.
Just re-framed this very lovely historic California landscape painting by Dana Bartlett (1882-1957). Using a hand-carved Compound Mitered frame, No. 104 CV + Cap 400 CV, we chose to play off the compositional contrast between the flat ground and vertical trees with a fl... continue reading.
Today my dad would’ve turned 90. Here’s a picture we took in 2005, upon finishing the sign that hung over the old gallery at 5510 Doyle St. I’m proud he got to see his name carried on this way—although, sadly, he died before we got it hung. See my tr... continue reading.
Last Saturday’s post on framing a couple of HW Hansen watercolors, which we framed close, ended with the observation that, “Framing close means that the frame is close to the picture; no mat separates them. But there’s a second meaning, at least as importa... continue reading.
Today I’m sharing a video made in 2011 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art about a Muslim family, the Najis, and their company of master craftsmen who came there to build a Moroccan court inside the Museum as part of the Met’s Islamic arts galleries. They were, th... continue reading.
On Thursday, December 17 the Hillside Club in Berkeley will feature a lecture on “The Hillside Club and the True Meaning of Civilization”, by British cultural historian Nicholas Friend. Several years ago I started the Hillside Club Round Table to meet once a... continue reading.
If you’ve been following PBS’s excellent “Craft In America” you may be aware of their latest installment, called “Celebration,” and airing this Friday, December 11. I was very happy to learn this morning that Yoshiko Yamamoto will be ... continue reading.