Every so often, I get asked to undertake a different style of framing. That may involve working with new materials, applying different techniques and, as happened recently, working with an exciting range of colour schemes.
Here you can see the various stages of the work and the finished results - definitely one of my most enjoyable commissions to date.
The brief was to frame 16, 12cm square fragments of paintings, arranged as shown above, with contrasting mounts and frames.
Each fragment needed to have the same border all round. This required painstaking marking out of each mountboard prior to cutting. .
Cutting multiple windows requires particular attention to over- and undercuts (those lines that one often sees in the corner of windows where the blade has overrun.)
The frames, constructed by us out of 35mm flat beech, were sanded and painted using 2 coats of Little Green sampler colours
Finally, it all comes together.
Oscar is the reason we're here. I started making large (2m x 1m) canvases for him during his A level studies and became so enthused that I began framing - the rest is history.
Oscar's work reflects his desire to experiment with styles, materials and scale, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources.
My story is probably true of countless people around the globe, forced by the COVID 19 lock down to spend a lot of time reflecting on life, the past, the future and one's place in it. For around 40 years, I've made things, flirting around the edges of the art and design world but never having the confidence to believe I could be part of it. Over the last 4 months, however, something has changed. With no formal art school training, I'm not sure I'm equipped with the vocabulary to describe why I'm creating what I do. My art is of the moment, it's completely unplanned, each piece unique and made by hand. I don't judge them, that's for others to do. If observers respond to them in any way, be it the form, colour or their physical structure, then my time has been well spent. My style is evolving all the time - inspired by things I see around me and by the art of others.
If you're interested in seeing more or would like to share your own creative experience, feel free to drop me a line. You can also find my works at: https://www.saatchiart.com/ivorjb and https://www.instagram.com/ivor_butcher_abstracts/?hl=en