To frame or not to frame

26 July 2013

Many of my pieces are smaller and designed for hanging.

I embarked upon this latter phase of my textile journey via quilting, and lots of what I do can technically be regarded as a quilt ( it's got all the ingredients of a sandwich) but when they are done I so often feel that work is crying out for a traditional frame.  My friend Rob, he of the re-purposed chairs (see last post) says that a good picture deserves a frame and a bad one needs it. 

Now I'm not sure which part of the last statement my work falls into, I'm hoping the former, but Rob is very complimentary about a lot of my work, which is very encouraging as he is both an alumni and ex tutor of the Camberwell School of Art while I am just a dabbler (though more and more I am coming to regard myself as an artist). 

Anyway, you may recall that back in the frantic month if June when output was at a frenetic level I created this piece.

Well, it went to my favourite framer, who doesn't baulk when I tell him that I want bits hanging over the edge, and I picked it up last Sunday week(which was a good job too because its a present for a friend getting married and the wedding was last weekend). 

And here is the finished piece.

And in this case framing takes it to a different level, I believe. (though I must learn how to take photographs of pictures!)

I hope she likes it! 


  1. I love your work Hilary, it is so soft and delicate. I look forward to seeing more!

    1. Thank you Cynthia. This was a bit of a departure for me and a present for a friend. I hope she likes it.

      By the way, I loved your little piece on Clarice and Miss Cooper.


  2. Very interested to what a difference the framing makes. I did sell one piece from a set of three, from an exhibition, but it was framed without glass.

    1. It is funny. I don't always set out to make a piece to frame usually (though this one I did) but I almost always end up framing my pieces. And I am not good at bigger pieces either. I did a piece for FoQ and was well out of my comfort zone.

      Thanks for stopping by - I love receiving comments.


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