Informative posts about the art and picture framing world, as well as important events/changes happening at EasyFrame. Some articles are written by people who are not connected with Easyframe. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in these articles belong solely to the author, and not necessarily to Easyframe. Easyframe accept no responsibility whatsoever for the information contained in these articles or how the information may be used.
Now, to round off the series, in 'Frame Academy XII' we are going to look at the chief options that should be available to customers if they go to a leading framers like EasyFrame.
It won't have escaped you that the Zanna brothers are pretty astute businessmen. And nobody would have blamed Nick if, wearing his commercial head, he made a beeline for a fan-club that services a nation's perennial obsession with a legendary British comedy institution. Surely the 'Only Fools and Horses' fan-club would have signed memorabilia and merchandise galore to frame? Yet the relationship between the Zanna brothers and their Trotter counterparts is almost accidental, enduring, more to do with an understandable obsession than profitability, and worth recounting.
This article is about Laurence Stephen Lowry, whose unique style and wish to depict contemporary urban landscapes populated by matchstick men took him from a life of 'downwardly-mobile' Victorian poverty to the point where a single painting could sell for £5 million or more, and he holds the record for turning down the most honours including a knighthood, though he's still sit in a home with sagging armchairs and frayed carpets.
Far be it from me to write about something esoteric, but when a fellow contractor working for EasyFrame raised the prospect of an article on the history of framing we both realised that we knew nothing about it. Accordingly this article, the 1st of 3 because the history proved to be more complex than either of us had imagined, is a walk-through of some rather intriguing facts. It will take you from what is the first known frame to medieval framing and what Da Vinci would have expected in the 15th century. Without wishing to put ideas into your head, you may feel that its learnedness and utility make it suitable for framing.
And now, in 'Frame Academy XI', the penultimate article in this series, we address what may have hitherto been a more esoteric consideration in that few people could articulate it: 'Are there any unspoken rules about frames that make them work?'
This article is about London-based Oliver Yu Chan. He’s a prodigious young Anglo-Chinese talent who has had a dozen of his murals (enlarged works) exhibited by constructors along 100 metres or so of the very twee hoardings that screen the construction-work at the Royal Free, up Rosslyn Hill in NW3, at the trust’s suggestion.
This article is the second in a series that promotes the creation of professional-looking art without the need to be a professional artist. Or, better still, without the need to even be remotely artistic. Yet, as some of the images in this article demonstrate, amateur collage-makers can create artwork which is so remarkable that only a seasoned snob would turn their nose up at it!
This article is about the Ronnie Wood, best known in recent decades as a rock guitarist with The Rolling Stones though formerly he was with The Faces and The Small Faces (so he worked with Rod Stewart for years) and likewise he performed with Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, George Harrison and other rock legends in several ensembles. He’s written a couple of rock-and-roll memoires (with lines like ‘We were barred from so many hotels, the entire Holiday Inn chain, that we had to check in as Fleetwood Mac lots of times’ he’s won a deserved reputation as a raconteur). Oh, and he’s won three prestigious Sony Music Awards for his own shows too. And, in the meantime, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
If you've got a jet-setting family, as I have, it's easy to forget fairly quickly where you've taken the kids on holiday. (Let's hope you don't arrive home without them and then forget where they were last seen.)
You may well already have a home or workplace that is blessed with picture-rails. If you do then you'll probably know the benefits. Yet if you don't have them, or if you hitherto haven't understood just how useful picture-rails can be, here's the place to learn.