#throwbackthursday

Just for a bit of fun going to start posting images of new and old artwork that I’ve made. Here’s a throwback to 2006, an oldie but a goodie!

States 13, 2006 Acrylic and mixed media on vinyl, with collage 120 x 120cm

States 13, 2006
Acrylic and mixed media on vinyl,
with collage
120 x 120cm

Waxing Lyrical for The Daily Mail

Here’s me being quoted in yesterday’s Daily Mail Interiors section. I was pleasantly surprised to be asked the best way to approach hanging a set of multiples or a group of frames. Hanging groups of frames is probably my favourite thing to do, picture hanging wise. My comments are towards the end of the article.

A collage or picture wall that I arranged and installed running up these stairs in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

A collage or picture wall that I arranged and installed running up these stairs in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Jigsaw mirror in Sevenoaks

This is a large jigsaw mirror we hung in Sevenoaks, Kent, on Friday. Six sections with 1cm gaps between each section, hung on a plasterboard wall. Can you tell I’m happy with the result? I love my job.

Patrick with a jigsaw mirror

 

1000 True Fans

If you’ve not heard of Kevin Kelly, he may well be one of the most interesting people alive at the moment. If that makes you curious I’ll leave it you to google him, but I will start you on your journey with a link to a blog post of his that I keep returning to. If you are a maker, inventor, creative, or small business owner then this will be relevant.

http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/

 

Out Of Office Poetry

One of my clients had this set as his email out of office autoresponder. Pure gold.

So, Ted Cruz has quit the race.
Leaving the way open for the man with the red face,
Who leaks bile from his every orifice,
To run unchallenged for a cab to the oval office.

I left my rectangular offices
To join up with those mercurial goddesses
And flew off to San Francisco
Home to streets, hills and quality disco.
Where Mercury Rev and I were on hire
To improvise a score to the film Vampyr
At this wonderful Film Festival
It wasn’t gory like Alien or extraterrestrial
Like The Man Who Fell To Earth
It was an event of real worth.

But people i must now tell you of my imminent sense of elation
As i am about to begin a few days vacation.
And i urge you to think twice
About asking for my advice
Knowing as you do now,
That even i must allow
Myself an occasional day off or two.
I don’t think this is an extreme view!

I’ll be back sooner than you think
Not with a red face but a gentle shade of pink.

People Often Call Me When They’ve Just Moved or Redecorated

Artwork hung in a house in Lewes, East Sussex

Artwork hung in a house in Lewes, East Sussex

If you’re like a lot of my customers you’ve probably spent years (or even generations) amassing pictures, mirrors and family photographs, hanging things slowly over time as they come into your life. Having taken everything down to move, redecorate or renovate, the thought of having to rehang everything all at once is overwhelming. I get most of my enquiries from customers who’d like me to take care of this for them.

When I arrive at your home we can approach the process of rehanging everything in a couple of ways. The first thing we’ll do is look at all of your photographs, artwork, mirrors etc. and talk about where you might like to hang things. Some customers are clear where they want everything to go and would like me to make sure everything is hung straight and in proportion with the rest of the room. Other customers have some idea where they want things but would like me to make suggestions and help guide the process. I approach every house like it’s a gallery, considering the relationship between the other artwork in the room as well as the existing decor and lighting.

While I’m hanging your work I’ll often check in with you about particular pieces. It’s important that the height and position of work within a room is something you’re happy with. I’ll suggest what I think works and explain why and together we’ll work out the best position for you.

Renovating or moving brings a degree of upheaval or change. When you finish rehanging everything it calms the space, brings it back to life and gives you a sense of completion.

Hanging a 17th century painting in West Sussex

Our clients had moved into their new home in West Sussex over a year ago before they asked us in to hang all of their paintings, pictures and mirrors. This photo shows the small works we hung on the stairs as well as a large 17th century painting by (infamous) Italian painter, Agostino Tassi. The Tassi was installed high above the stairs on old plaster and lathe walls so the utmost care was taken to ensure the wall was capable of holding the painting! We installed multiple fixings into the wall and the back of the frame to spread the load across the old plaster, and went as far as inserting rapid-hardening filler into the wall around each fixing to ensure they had plenty to grip onto.

Hanging a 17th Century painting above stairs in a house in West Sussex

Hanging a 17th Century painting above stairs in a house in West Sussex