A Frame-Maker’s Journal

TimHolton writingUpdates 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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—Tim Holton

Mourning Notre Dame, II: William Morris’s Loving Frame for the Gothic Builders

Posted on April 16th, 2019

It is not difficult to find lovingly created pictures of Notre Dame, that great piece of the commonwealth we call civilization, that great work of devoted labor that burned yesterday as the world watched in horror. Why are they easy to find? Because the building has bee... continue reading.

In Mourning for Notre Dame—and One of the World’s Greatest Oak Frames

Posted on April 15th, 2019

Our friends at Annex Galleries posted this Max Pollack print today in recognition of the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and in mourning for the tragic destruction to one of the most magnificent buildings in the world. Heartbreaking news that reminds us of the fragility o... continue reading.

Tim to Jury Alameda Plein Air Paintout

Posted on April 12th, 2019

I’m flattered to have been asked to jury the Fourteenth Annual Frank Bette Center for the Arts Paintout in Alameda, July 29 through August 3. If you’re a painter and would like to enter, go here. Learn more about the Frank Bette Center for the Arts… A ... continue reading.

Framing a Japanese Painting on Panel—and a Lesson About Worry

Posted on April 1st, 2019

Here’s an unusual item we framed a few months ago—an antique Japanese painted panel. The customer gave me carte blanche on the frame design, but knowing his love for Japanese arts and architecture, and feeling that the heft and three-dimensionality of a painting... continue reading.

Framing Gustave Baumann’s Marionettes

Posted on March 31st, 2019

Yesterday I posted about framing two pieces by the important American wood block printer Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971), and had something to say about the artist’s evident passion for the unity of the arts—in particular the unity of pictorial art with architec... continue reading.

Framing Gustave Baumann and the Work of the Loving Hand

Posted on March 30th, 2019

Over the years we’ve framed some tremendous works by Gustave Baumann (1881 – 1971), one of America’s most significant twentieth century woodblock artists. These two prints, “Autumnal Glory” and “Aspen Money,” both about 13̸... continue reading.

A Natural Harmony: Framing 19th Century Japanese Prints

Posted on March 7th, 2019

Last Saturday we hung our small exhibit, “Antique Japanese Prints and How to Frame Them.” I thought I’d post some thoughts on the second part of that. If you want to delve deeper in to this, please come to my presentation on Saturday, March 23 at 4:00,... continue reading.

Framing Three William S. Rice Watercolors

Posted on March 1st, 2019

We’ve had the good fortune to frame a number of works by William Seltzer Rice (1873-1963), one of the true American masters of the art of the block print (a recent example of one we framed is here). But he was also a superb watercolorist, and we just framed two ex... continue reading.

Framing TO-DAY—and John Ruskin at 200

Posted on February 8th, 2019

“I have met in my lifetime some extremely revolutionary characters; and quite a large number of them, when I have asked, ‘Who put you onto this revolutionary line? Was it Karl Marx?’ have answered, ‘No, it was Ruskin.’” —George Bernard ... continue reading.