2022 marks the 33rd year of A & K Wilson Picture Framers in Harpenden. Sarah Sharp GCF has been a part of the business for the last 19 years and took over from Drew in September 2021.
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 Sarah.
Sarah Sharp GCF has been a full-time professional picture framer for over 30 years. She is also a Guild Certified Framer.
GCF’s are qualified framers whose skills have been examined in a series of rigorous tests. The logo that is attached to the back of each piece framed 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.
From precious pieces of art, quirky keepsakes or something from a memorable occassion, 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.
The results are always beautifully crafted artisan frames.
A & K Wilson Picture Framers, just Sarah … in person.