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  1. APG’s Bespoke Framing // The Beginners Guild

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    APG’s Bespoke Framing // The Beginners Guild

    At APG we make every frame to order - we don’t hold readymade frames in stock. We work in this way so that we know that every frame we make will be specifically designed to meet the needs of its owner, whether this be a large hand finished Ash frame for a gallery or a small frame for a treasured holiday postcard.  Whilst most of the pieces we handle are prints, posters and original paintings on paper, we also handle other objects including tapestries, rugby shirts, objects, medals and much more.

    There are many ways to frame a piece of artwork. These are 3 of the methods we use most frequently - 

    Window mounting

    The mount card is used to create a border around the artwork; we do this by cutting a window in the centre of the board with a bevelled edge. Every mountcard is cut to size and is designed to compliment the artwork through variations in width, depth and colour. We sometimes use the expression of “giving air” to an image - visual space between picture and frame. There are several grades of mount cards, reflecting different levels of conservation. As standard we use acid free materials which are considered safe for general use in contact with your prints and posters, but for more highly valued pieces and original paintings, we recommend the use of museum grade conservation boards. 

    Close framing with deep rebate spacers

    This is a great way of framing more contemporary work or if you are bit short for wall space.  Close framing by itself is just putting your piece in a frame behind glass without mountcard, not good for the art if it is valuable as it touches the glass and unless there is a  blank border, not a great look. But with a spacer, you get a simple and modern look that lends itself well to screen printing and more graphical work. It is a relatively new style of framing that has come into its own over the past 5 years.The design works by using a deep rebate moulding, first fitting the glass at the front of the frame, followed by a 6/12/19mm spacer and then the art and the backing boards. It is becoming a favourite, as it can still be made using conservation materials, and despite its petite look, with the artwork at the back of the frame it creates a surprisingly spacious look. And it doesn’t take up so much space on your wall if you are displaying a growing collection!

    Float Framing with deep rebate mouldings and spacers

    This style of framing is perfect for artwork with deckled or torn edges as it allows you to see all four edges of the piece. We firstly mount the artwork onto 5mm conservation foam core board, using archival tapes, which is then fixed onto an acid free mount card, allowing for a border of about 35 - 50mm. Now you have a beautiful piece of floating artwork, which is framed using a deep rebate moulding and a spacer to separate the glass and mounted piece.

    These styles of framing are just a small selection of design options, so don’t feel put off if you’re still not sure of direction you’d like to go in. We are always available to go through designs and pricing at our venue down on Sidney Street, Sheffield.  Feel free to call ahead and book an appointment or just pop in. 

    Canvas Stretching

    We are also are one of the only framers in Sheffield to hand stretch canvases. We have three different depths of moulding we can use for this. After stretching we also have a full range of framing options that can be discussed. 

  2. Framing Case Studies // Kid Acne

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    Kid Acne // Standard Practice Show 06/02/14

    In January 2014, a longstanding client and friend of APG Works had his Standard Practice Exhibition at the B&B Gallery Sheffield. It was an extensive collection of new and old works that span a period of 15 years. We are pleased to say that we do a lot of framing for Kid Acne and the B&B Gallery and it’s always a pleasure working with them.

  3. Jo Peel Park Hill Flats and the Millennium Gallery’s Printing Show. January 2014

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    Jo Peel Screenprint & Print Sheffield Show

    In January 2014, we played a part in the production and framing of the Millennium Gallery’s Print Sheffield Show. It was a show that brought together Sheffield print makers including ourselves at APG Works, Kid Acne, EMA,Jo Peel James Green and many others. Many of the artists featured in the show already have a connection with APG and therefore come to us for framing and screen printing. Jo Peel commissioned us to screen print her image of the iconic Sheffield Park Hill Flats. This was a large 6 colour, limited edition screen print of 30 prints.


    Studio Rack Shot: this print is available to buy framed at APG Works and from Jo Peel website.

  4. Framing Case Studies // Piers Williams

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    Piers Williams // Mattei Radev Framing

    In September 2013, Piers Williams come to us to produce frames for 2 of his oil paintings that were going to China. The style that he wanted us to achieve was that of a famous picture framer called Mattei Radev.

    Radev worked in London from the 1940’s through to the early 70’s. He was one of the first picture framers to find the right balance of setting off the picture within its frame by combining oil paint and subtle use of gilding and not dominating it with excessive gold leaf.

    Producing a Radev style frame is a something of a challenge! We researched and explored traditional construction and application of finishes, which went much further than our usual straining and waxing of bare woods. We learnt how to make gesso (the proper way) apply gold powers and lay down passages of thinned oil paints to create a frame that was grand, but balanced with the painting.

    Here are some workshop pictures showing some of the different stages of finishing. 

  5. Elena Bajo // Marlborough Fine Art :July 2013

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    Elena Bajo // Marlborough Fine Art London

    As Picture Framers who mainly use solid wood moulding we often mix up stains and waxes to create finishes on woods like ash, oak and pine. To do this and keep the workshop tidy, we use a sheet of brown Kraft paper to stain the frames on. Why are we telling you this? Well it’s because the international artist Elena Bajo commissioned us to frame these pieces of Kraft paper that show all the marks of making.Below is an example of the first one we made.

    In the Workshop...

    Elena Bajos 3

    Elena Bajos 2

    In all we produced 5 framed pieces, each frame being stained on the Kraft Paper that was inside it. The first two went to Marlborough Fine Art in London for the group show in July 2013 and another 3 went to S1 Artspace as a part of the Art Sheffield Week.