Congratulations to the two candidates that have now been chosen for the Larson-Juhl Scholarship scheme’s second intake of 2019! We are incredibly proud to sponsor Laura Hemsley of Sapphire Framing in Okehampton, Devonand Oonagh Main of Irish Art Plus in Antrim, NorthernIreland, who are the two talented winners.
We have loved hearing from framers and artists at two recent round tables – which both took place alongside Art & Framing Roadshows in Chester and Brighton. The events were organised by the Fine Art Trade Guild, and sponsored by Larson-Juhl. Newly elected Master of the Guild Jo Palmer chaired the sessions, ensuring that a broad spectrum of topics was covered.
Congratulations to Lucy Pittaway who has been crowned the ‘UK’s Most Popular Published Artist’ for the second year running! She received her award from field sales director Graham Miller at the Fine Art Trade Guild Awards in Stratford Upon Avon in May.
Peter Cleevely is an award-winning picture framer who has worked with all manner of challenging pieces over the years. One of his recent works of pride is this stunning tribute to the career of Rob Wood, who has spent 40 years as a chef, 12 of which were with the Royal household.
Larson-Juhl is sponsoring a global initiative with the British Journal of Photography (BJP) covering projects in London, New York, Ballarat in Australia and Louisiana, US – which the 4walls team is very excited about! The events are taking place from this month through to November. In total, Larson-Juhl will be framing around 170 images and promoting the activity through social media, on our website and in 4walls magazine in return for extensive exposure in BJP marketing collateral and on their social media channels.
Hue Folk is an emerging collective of diverse young artists brought together through their fascination with vibrant colour, typography, graphic design, folk and urban art. As creatives from varied disciplines, they bring together the vision of illustrators, graphic designers and digital artists.
Both the sustainability and Bauhaus trend which we have been enjoying this year dovetail perfectly into the exciting relaunch of heritage brands. Furniture designer Alys Bryan takes a closer look at these brands, as well as how Soft Green is expanding the Warm Autumn colour palette and how botanical designs have grown in to an interior trend. www.alysbryan.co.uk
As a long-time supporter of Willow Foundation, Larson-Juhl was delighted to be part of the charity’s involvement with the recent London Football Awards. A phenomenal £140,000 was raised on the night with £4,000 alone coming from the auctioning of legendary Gordon Banks’s gloves (framed by us!).
Niche Frames in Bristol is a brilliant example of a modern business that is embracing market forces and investing in digital equipment. 4walls recently caught up with director Joe Brewerton to hear about his success to date and his ambitions for the future.
We Frame It is a thriving gallery and framing business run by Noel Hill out of two locations - Inverness and Portree in Skye. 4walls spoke to him about his thoughts on success in the industry and one of his most highly acclaimed artists, Jay Nottingham.
4walls enjoys covering new entrants to the world of framing but we also love to feature those whose passion for the sector has thrived over many decades and who continue to succeed, embracing change with an energy and commitment that is both impressive and inspirational. One such example is Jan ‘Mitreman’ Stanlick of Framers Equipment.
Taking a responsible approach to the environment has been a priority for us for many years but we need to do more. To this end, for example, we are working with James Cropper on a range of mountboard made from recycled paper. There are some cases when only virgin paper stock will do, but there are many, many other cases where recycled paper is fine.
Get Framous is our latest marketing campaign. It is intended to help you, the bespoke framer, get customers through your doors, visiting your websites, engaging with you on social media, and ultimately placing orders.
Larson-Juhl’s global design team, which is based in Atlanta, regularly visits our factory in Lira in the Czech Republic as part of its new product development remit. During the most recent visit, team director Kiva Connor was interviewed about the collaboration across the sites.
Celebrating the legacy of Bauhaus and protecting our future with sustainable design are just two trends which will dominate the year ahead. Taking a lead from 2018 colour trends, yellow will also bring our interior schemes to life during 2019. Furniture designer Alys Bryan takes a closer look at these three trends.
Having come to picture framing from consumer electronics, I am really enjoying getting to understand a totally different industry, and one that is rife with creativity and an appetite for innovation that I think some might be surprised to find in the world of bespoke framing.