The streets of Hitchin were packed on Thursday 13th June as everyone came to see the Queen on her visit to the town and to Lister Hospital. The hospital presented Her Majesty with a picture of the Queen Mother which was framed by us! As you can see in the photo taken as she drove past our shop she seems very happy to have a Picture Factory picture frame…
The Royal Academy Summer exhibition is in its 244th year. With over 11,000 entries the competition is very tough so we are pleased to announce that Joanne Underhill from our shop The Picture Framer, Sun street, Hitchin has been accepted!
Well done Joanne!
The piece ‘Beautiful Brutalism’ is a photograph taken by Joanne on London’s Southbank. More of Joannne’s work can be seen at http://www.structuraleye.co.uk where she specialises in architectural photography.
If you would like to go and see the work (and its lovely frame made by us with a Farrow & Ball London Clay finish!) The Royal Academy exhibition is open from Monday 4th June till Sunday 12th August and you can book tickets online.
The face lift at our North Finchley workshop is going well. We have managed to carry on picture framing (the title of a new carry on film perhaps) during the work to install skylights to our gallery. The disruption was minimal and the results amazing! Have a look at the new roof at night, picture framing has landed…..
A facelift or should I say roof lift? At last work has begun on the picture factory gallery and we have started at the top. The most exciting part for us is the new skylights being installed this week. This should flood the gallery with natural light and help customers see their artwork and our picture framing samples. Business continues as usual during the work.
Framing is so in season – just like these flowers at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
This is The Art of Yorkshire garden by Welcome to Yorkshire and it has won silver today at the flower show. A beautiful garden with inspired touches which reflect artists associated with Yorkshire. Alongside the Ipad inspired frame is an original sculpture by Barbara Hepworth.
See the collection by jeremy scott on the link below
We regularly review and update our picture frame mouldings so that we can offer a wide choice for our customers. I have taken some photos of our new range which I am calling ‘London baroque’. It has gorgeous soft curves and comes in four lovely colours. The matt black is my favourite (at the moment!) as its both pretty and masculine. It also looks particularly good on this Bold and Noble map of London which we stock.
Today it’s the grown ups turn to be inspired! Having posted a blog about encouraging children to look at art I decided it was time to get the big kids interested. There is so much art out there that it’s hard to see it all but if you don’t look how do you know what you like? As ever the internet is an amazing resource and can help you get a glimpse of exhibitions that might interest you. I started with Time Out online. You can search for new art events in London and sort them alphabetically or by popularity, which is great if like me you are a bit unsure of what you like and enjoy taking advice from the masses…
Top of the list was Dutch landscapes at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace Gate SW1A. A beautiful collection of paintings from 17th Century Dutch artists.
Next came the gallery The Haunch of Venison, 6 Burlington Gardens W1S. I followed the link to the website where the installation works of artist Chiharu Shiota caught my eye.
Two very different artists from one website. Try it and see where it takes you. www.timeout.com/london
“I Wish I Could Draw Exactly More Like You” . I’m sure any artist will recognise this sentiment. This is actually the title of an episode of Charlie and Lola, a hugely popular children’s T.V programme where brother and sister go on lots of exciting adventures through some fantastic artwork all created by Lauren Child. I saw this episode this morning, thanks to my daughter, and spotted Lola and her friends walking through famous paintings. Here they are wandering through a Van Gogh. They also look at Henri Matisse and Roy Lichenstein. It’s great to see art made accessible for children.