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  1. Piers Williams
    Iris Pink // Iris Jade




    8 colour screen print
    Image Size 60x75cm, Paper size 70x85cm
    Somerset Tubsized Satin 310gsm
    Signed Limited Editions of 50 prints each in 2 colourways

    We were commissioned in November 2013 to produce two limited editions of prints for the Sheffield based artist, Piers Williams. Piers works out of the Yorkshire Artspace Persistence Works Studio on Brown Street where he produces beautifully intricate oil paintings, his main subject being flowers. His work is sold through out the UK and he has a strong following in China.

    We are used to working with more graphical images but this print was approached with a painter’s eye, dealing with the interaction of colours at different levels of opacity. Merging the painter’s method of building colour with successive overlays, and the clarity of screen print has created a striking image that couples the vibrant block colours of the background with the delicacy of the Iris flowers.

    We shipped many of these prints to China, where Piers had a solo exhibition in the 798 art district of Beijing.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 99 Mary Street // Venue Launch 11/07/2013

    For the launch of 99 Mary Street, Dedass had 7 brilliant and quirky prints on sale. The decision was made by them to frame each print individually in a different moulding, keeping the overall look of them quite rustic - a bit more like a interesting bunch of frames picked up at a vintage shop. This worked perfectly with the space itself which had bare brick walls; here they are in situ..

    Framing Case Studies// 99 Mary 2

    One frame in particular which is of interest to us, is the bottom left hand side. This frame has been made from off cuts recovered from an old Hogarth frame that was brought to us recently by a customer. The Hogarth frame had been made in Hong Kong in the late 70’s and fitted well, adding a traditional and distressed look to the collection. 

    The Hogarth...

    Framing Case Studies// 99 Mary// Hogarth Frame

  5. B&B  Gallery// ‘HEY YOU!’ solo exhibition by Petro.

    For this show the design for the screenprint was in a deep rebated Ash that we hand finished using black stain and a Liberon black wax polish, and we also introduced the 19mm white spacers. It’s a very clean cut design and a bit of a favorite of ours for screenprints that have been printed right to the edge of the paper. Without putting a mount round it, but using the spacers, it still allows the print to have a nice bit of air around it.

     Framing Case Studies// Petro @ B&B

    We used a similar design for the truegrain acetate painted by Petro- however this time the piece has been mounted onto 5mm foam core and we used screw backed silver studs to secure the piece down onto an off white ph neutral mount board.

    Framing Case Studies// Petro @ B&B2


    ‘HEY YOU!’ runs until 28th July for more detail on when you can view the show head to Bradbury and Blanchard website.