Well its Christmas Eve, and with four minutes to go until we shut for the Christmas period it’s a good time to thank everybody that has supported us throughout the year and helped us make it a successful one. We hope you all have a great festive period and hope to see you in the New Year. I’m really looking forward to chilling out and seeing family after a really crazy couple of months. We are also looking forward to the New Year and have some exciting plans for the Art Works, which we will keep you up to date with on here.
Today I’m posting a blog that is actually about framing, and unfortunately doesn’t contain any pictures of us smiling or wearing Christmas jumpers, but hopefully you will still find it interesting.I had to frame an acoustic guitar and drumsticks signed and used by none other than Status Quo. And I also needed to incorporate some pictures of the event into the guitar frame and get it all behind glass. No mean feat, but a great challenge.
Every now and again I get given free reign with how to frame something and this was one of those jobs. It was a simple brief even though guitar framing isn’t: it had to work in an old converted barn/private bar with lots of bare timber. So I decided to keep it simple and use a grained ply to make the box to house all the memorabilia, and rather than paint it and hide the rough edges I kept it raw.
After some juggling about I decided on the layout and balance. The next challenge was one that we always have to consider but, when done well, will often go unnoticed: how to fix the items to this case without damaging them. I wanted to make it possible to remove the guitar, just in case in a few years’ time someone wants to take it out and strum along to Rockin’ All Over The World. This meant keeping it in the same condition as when it was handed to me, before it went into the frame. I was able to discreetly tie the guitar on using the end pin of the guitar, a part designed to take the weight using a strap (it is not usually this simple – this was a lucky job!).
When I came to place the pictures at the back of the frame in the standard way I thought they looked a little lost so I decided to put them in frames inside the frame to bring them forward. The overall effect is that they appear to be just floating.
I really enjoyed making this piece of work, and the customer was very pleased, which always makes for a rewarding job – although I was a little bit gutted about having to give it back.
First of all thanks for all the positive feedback on the new website and the interaction on the social media. It all helps promote the business and it’s great to get so many notifications on my phone. Now it’s the 1st of December I think we are allowed to discuss Christmas – and even let BJ wear his Christmas jumper (he was threatening to wear it last week).
In the run up to Christmas our opening hours will be:
Mon 8:30 – 4:30
Tues 8:30 – 4:30
Wed 8:30 – 6:00
Fri 8:30 – 4:30
Sat 9:30 – 3:30
We will be closing on Christmas Eve at lunchtime and then will reopen again on Monday 5th January. That should leave plenty of time to get that custom framing in, and if these hours don’t suit just give us a call, as quite often we are working late. Now the formalities are over our next blog will actually be about framing. We have recently framed a signed Status Quo guitar which we are pretty proud of, blog to follow…