In the vast field of interior decorating, one of my favorite subjects is art! To me, the art displayed in a room adds the final dash of character to the whole endeavour. I find nothing more boring than a beautiful room with no personal artistic touches, whether they take the form of a beautiful religious relic, an odd pottery bowl or a great painting on the wall. Sometimes a room's architecture is enough, but even a boring box room comes alive with a special piece of art prominently displayed, whether its a collection of beloved postcards on the fridge, a stack of well-loved books, or an odd accessory or weird piece of furniture. Picture perfect rooms with sterile furnishings and no art (or pre-fab art) are painfully dull to me.
And what intrigues me most about art is that no two people seem to have the same taste in it! I swear that taste for art is as individual as our DNA.
I am especially fond of works of art on paper, including paintings, drawings, and etchings. I also love photography. The funny thing is that I'm almost equally enamoured with the framing of art. Oftentimes I notice the frames almost as much as the art. I am fond of old-fashioned frames, whether ornate and gilded or simple wooden ones. I just like them to have an old-world feel.
Since I have a house full of prints and even some original art, I've decided to take a picture framing course in an effort to organize my collection without breaking the bank. Professional picture framing is a costly endeavour and sometimes a cheap frame job just doesn't fit the bill, especially for odd sized pieces.
My class starts in 3 weeks at a local art school. We will learn how to cut mats and glass, how to mount the art, and how to chop and assemble our own frames. The class runs for 8 weeks and besides manual skills, we'll learn the theory of archival framing and all the rules for making a work of art shine!
I hope to re-frame some antique etchings I bought in 2008 at the Paris flea market (St-Ouen). I framed the above etching rather cheaply but would like a frame that is a little larger and older.
Below is an etching I had professionally framed for $160. The etching itself is old but was a total score at $15. I dug it from a dusty bin at an old antique shop and still regret that I didn't buy the whole box (there were at least 10 more but some were stained and I wasn't attentive enough to have a better look):
The frame job is nicely done but I wish I could have done it myself and saved some money. Or better yet, I would love to re-purpose a lonely old frame with a new piece of art!
My class starts in February and runs 'til the end of March. I can hardly wait to start and promise to share my projects with you...
Photos: 1. Source N/A 2. Traditional Home 3. Charlotte Moss's Study in House & Garden photographed by Simon Upton 4&5. Windlost's house.