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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Somewhat in the spirit of new year resolutions, it seems appropriate at the dawn of 2014 to say something about our mission. When I re-built the website, the launching of which was one of the Studio’s highlights of 2013, one of the many improvements was to include... continue reading.
As a frame-maker, I appreciate the wonderful trompe-l’oeil painting “Escaping Criticism” (1874) by Pere Borrell del Caso (Spain, 1835-1910) showing a young boy apparently of the peasant or artisan class climbing out of a conventional, academic-looking ... continue reading.
A quick post to wish all well this coming year—with a lovely message from the great California naturalist John Muir, via printmaker Yoshiko Yamamoto: May your new year offer wonderful new worlds framed with the beauty of nature, including many, many beautiful and thri... continue reading.
This post is just a little Christmas greeting, featuring this lovely painting, “A Christmas Carol,” by the great Pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The piece just this month surfaced from a private collection. I learned about it from the wonderfu... continue reading.
Birge Harrison (1854-1929) was born in Pennsylvania and was active in the northeast at the turn of the last century. Years ago I stumbled on his 1909 book, Landscape Painting, so was excited to get an inquiry a couple of years ago from the Figge Art Museum about re-fram... continue reading.
Three and a half years ago I started tinkering with WordPress to see if I could build myself an online catalog. A year or so later, Matt Jalbert, to whom I’ll forever be grateful for dragging Holton Studio into the digital age with the website we launched in 2010,... continue reading.
I’m at the shop today in Emeryville, but the three of us at Holton Studio are also hanging in the American Museum of Natural History and taking part in the reopening of the North American Mammal Hall for which we produced dozens of hand carved oak frames as well a... continue reading.
Here’s a recently commissioned mirror. The design is based on that of a pair of frames I made years ago for two leather panels by CR Ashbee. This mirror is a horizontal adaption of that design, featuring at the top center a carved medallion with two pine cones. Th... continue reading.