WILLIAM WARD

FRAMEMAKER AND MOUNTCUTTER

This is a piece of interior design framing. Often it can be difficult to match the colours and textures chosen by an interior designer from the range of mountboard colours. This frame includes a fine sateen covered reeded slip from the fabric used elsewhere in the room. The fabric is laid onto the moulding and wrapped round the mitres to avoid raw edges and ensure neat corners. The silver slip gives a crisp sight edge to the frame itself. The inner slip can be softened or omitted completely as required.

 

The use of fabric in the frame can also work very well with embroideries providing a sympathetic surround either using a plain dye or a pattered fabric. The latter is a high risk option and not for all subjects, but with care, can produce spectacular results. I used an off-white damask round a C19th etching which in conjunction with a gold leaf outer frame, made for a luxurious setting for the image of a reclining woman. As ever in framing, there are many options to be explored although the mountaineer's approach of tackling a difficult route because it is there may not be wise.

Frame of the month - April

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