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OPENING TIMES & AD HOC CLOSURES - LATEST NEWS
As always, we apologise for any inconvenience our closures may cause you - we always try to keep them to a minimum with as much notice given as possible.
Our normal opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturdays 9am to 12noon. Any closures are noted here and on our answerphone message - so if you are travelling any distance to see us then please do phone and check so you don't have a wasted trip.
Advance Notice - 1 day closure: As we are attending the Fine Art Trade Guild AGM weekend at Stratford, the workshop will not be open on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Advance Notice - Summer Break: We will be on our summer break from Saturday 8th July 2017 for 2 weeks. We return to work on Tuesday 25th July 2017.
HOW TO FIND US
On the gable end you will see our large sign (dark blue background and white writing) as well as one on the fence just before the building. Just remember we are the third building on the right once you are on the estate and then down the right hand side of the building. Call if you get lost and we will talk you in!! There is parking at the front of the building in our marked spaces (usually our signwritten van is parked in one of them) and also down the side of the building right outside our front door. On road parking is also available in marked bays.
It is almost Spring like outside at the moment, with the sun shining down and we are racing ahead with preparations for a variety of artist exhibitions in the coming weeks and months. From events here in Devon, to pieces heading off to Singapore and Hong Kong, there is plenty of amazing art passing through the workshop at the moment. As soon as we can catch our breath we will be starting the changes to the gallery area. Our plan is to move our moulding chevron displays and design desks over to the opposite side of the gallery - this will increase the display space and allow us to create a much bigger design desk area. We will also be creating a new workroom for Alec as his handfinished frames have outgrown the room he currently uses. By creating this extra room he can improve the workflow between the two areas with some in preparation stage and other frames further on in the finishing process. We are hoping to start the work in April and have it finished by May. It also allows us to make the most of still having Matthew working here with us. He has now been accepted into the military and will be leaving us towards the end of May. We have been very spoilt having him around for the last year or so!
We are back from the West Coast Art and Framing Expo Las Vegas full of inspiration and new ideas. We each took 10 classes on a variety of subjects - from preservation innovations and techniques, frame finishing and fabric wrapping of mounts and frames and many more. This was all part of our Continuing Professional Development that we undertake as part of our Guild Certified Framer qualifications. While we were in the USA we also became members of the Professional Picture Framers Association. This sits alongside our current membership of the Fine Art Trade Guild - the body that sets standards and qualifications for the framing industry in the UK. The PPFA is the US based standards and qualifications trade body and so having membership of both organisations means we have full access to all their information and techniques to continue to improve the service we offer our customers. We are now hard at work catching up with orders and preparing for a busy Spring art show season.
Well it has been a very strange month for us - back to work on the 3rd and then off again after the 18th as we are off to attend the West Coast Art and Framing Expo in Las Vegas. And it really isn't another sneaky holiday! We have both signed up to 10 classes each on various framing topics - as there is always something new to learn and new techniques to discover. You can be sure that we will come back full of inspiration and new ideas. We are back open on the 1st February with our normal hours and look forward to seeing everyone then.
We would like to say a huge thank all our customers for choosing us to make their framing during 2016. It has been quite some year! We have had an extremely busy December and we have a busy order book to come back to in January. In the meantime we are now off on our Christmas and New Year break and we will be back at work at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.
We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.
October and November 2016
We are very excited that we have now booked our trip to Las Vegas to visit the West Coast Art and Framing convention that is held there every year. It is four days of classes, workshops and seminars on framing as well as a trade show where we can see all the items on offer to the US market. We expect to come back with our heads buzzing with new ideas.
We've been working hard since our return from holiday in September. We've completed framing for a number of artist exhibitions and solo shows and on 23rd October we travelled to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea to view some of Alec's handpainted frames on sale there, featuring work from 2 Devon artists.
With November fast approaching we will be supporting the Royal British Legion via their Dawlish Branch with a Poppy box on the counter. Please do give generously to support this very worthwhile cause. We will also be obvserving the 2 minute silence at 11 o'clock on Friday 11th November.
Alec and Jo are committed members of the trade body for the art and framing industry The Fine Art Trade Guild. It is because we value what we do that we took our Guild Commended Framer exams a few years ago. This qualification has now been retired by the Guild and a new qualification is fully up and running. We have now upgraded to the new Guild Certified Framer (Accredited Professional Framer) qualification and our new certificates are proudly on display in the gallery and we have a new sticker on our door.
If you have a look at our certificates you will notice that they now have an expiry date. Just like other professional bodies we now have to prove that we have accrued Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits (in our case it is over a 2 year period). If we haven't then we lose our qualifications and can no longer call ourselves qualified framers. Our CPD takes many forms - such as reading articles, attending classes, workshops and events - and all of them help to improve our knowledge and abilities as framers. It is as part of our CPD development that we are visiting Las Vegas in January 2017 to attend the largest framing convention in the world - the West Coast Art and Framing Convention.
We are proud to have taken this next step on our professional journey and look forward to seeing what we learn along the way. (And just in case you were wondering - no, it won't mean we put our prices up!) In addition, in June 2016 Jo was elected to serve as Members' Warden of the Fine Art Trade Guild. This means she is right at the heart of the industry and she is proud to have been asked to serve in this role.
We believe that maintaining membership of the Fine Art Trade Guild and offering customers the protection of knowing that we abide by the Guild's Code of Conduct is an important part of that commitment to CPD. Both Jo and Alec are also now studying to take their Advanced qualifications - Jo in Textiles Framing and Alec in Conservation Framing.
Matthew has been enjoying getting involved in learning the trade and is closely supervised in the work that he undertakes. He has taken over keeping up stocks of ready made frames for the gallery to hone his frame making skills, just as Alec did many years ago in his parents framing business. Matthew is shadowing Jo and Alec as they serve customers to get more knowledge on the design process and customer feedback has been very positive which has been great. He will continue to gain more skills over time before he prepares to leave us for his future military career.
In May we extended (yet again) the chevron boards for moulding samples, increasing the range we offer. In addition to the new boards in the customer area, we also have a new board in the workshop where Alec can display more examples of his hand finished frames. Up until now these have been kept hidden away in his painting room so it is great to have them out on display at long last. Alec is always pleased to discuss new finishes so if there is something you have in mind and you can't see it on display then please do have a chat with him to see what he can create, especially for you. True bespoke framing at its best.
As always we would like to thank our customers for choosing to shop locally with us, your custom and support of us and our business is always very much appreciated. We are looking forward to new challenges and seeing what the rest of 2016 brings.
Alec and Jo