2020 marks my 31st year picture framing in Harpenden and my colleague Sarah Sharp GCF has been working with me for the last 17 of those. In these ever changing times we’re happy to report that not too much has changed in the world of framing, and in fact we quite like it that way.
The basics still hold true. Choosing a picture frame is still a very personal thing.
Every piece brought in for framing is special to the customer and that person still needs to feel confident in the framers ability to help in the selection process; to trust their ‘eye’ in matters of design and composition. The permutations of mount, frame and glass are endless and can be fairly daunting, but having been talked through a few options we generally find our customers soon begin to quite enjoy the process.
It’s all about collaboration, and with the client’s input we hope to give them exactly what they want.
As well as the aesthetic aspect another important consideration may be the question of conservation. Whilst not all artworks will require it, if appropriate we can advise on Museum or Conservation levels of framing.
Once the choices have been made, the next stage is the careful fulfilment of the brief in our studio. All our bespoke picture frames are hand-made, in-house, by us.
Sarah Sharp GCF has been a full-time professional picture framer for over 29 years. She is also a Guild Commended Framer.
GCF’s are qualified framers whose skills have been examined in a series of rigorous tests. The logo that she attaches to the back of each piece she frames signifies that Sarah has been awarded their ‘emblem of excellence’ by the art and framing industry’s trade association, the Fine Art Trade Guild.
‘Meticulous’ is the word that best describes Sarah’s approach to picture framing. A place for everything and everything in its place means that our workshop is an ergonomic delight!
Seemingly unflappable she glides from mitre cutter to underpinner, mount cutter to glass bench, and the end results are always beautifully crafted artisan frames.
Her in-depth knowledge of the logistics of framing means that she can invariably find a solution to even the most complicated of framing jobs.
After all these years working together we now have an instinctive rapport and most importantly she is still one of the few people who can decipher my hand writing!
So there you have it, the A & K Wilson Picture Framers team, just me and Sarah … in person.