On a recent trip to London, with Greg Morton, we were able to admire and reflect at the Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner on several occasions. The memorial was dedicated in 2003, and records of that day are well documented.
What surprised me were the expanse and the detail of the monument, yet how it appears dwarfed by other monuments in the park. It isn’t until you stand with it that you realise the enormity of the project. The use of beautiful Australian granite and the incorporation of more than 23 000 Australian place names is a very fitting memorial to the Australian contribution in World conflicts.
When you read the comment by the principal architect Peter Tonkin, about the artistic theme, it is not difficult to follow his sentiment, and to feel a rush of pride, humility and gratefulness to our servicemen and women and to their families.
With the success of the Poppies installation at the Tower of London, we know that people are wanting to commemorate the Great War and to reflect. Greg and I talked about our own families’ experiences in war and our pilgrimages and collection of memorabilia.
At Creative Framing Solutions, we are seeing a steady increase in enquiries, especially as we approach the Anzac Day centenary. There is certainly a story accompanying every photograph, medal, and keepsake. We invite you to spend the next rainy Sunday finding your memorabilia.
Framing it will preserve it and help to tell some of the untold stories. In the meantime, enjoy some great photos we found.
Whether you have read the book, seen the movie, or just enjoy art, most people know of Johannes Vermeer’s master painting ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’.
The work was created in 1665, an oil on canvas only 44m x 39cm.
It has been in the collection of the Mauritshuis Gallery in The Hague since 1902. What draws us to the work is not just the beauty of the girl, dressed with an exotic turban, but the focal point of the painting, the simple pearl earring.
When not on display in The Hague, the painting was part of the Frick Collection touring the world and visiting New York from October 2013 to January 2014. Many theories have been suggested as to the identity of the lovely girl in this painting. Vermeer’s inspiration for his portraits, including women in his family and the use of pearls add to the mystery, texture and allure of his art.
We have selected this lovely work as part of a framing challenge. We have used 5 very different techniques to enhance a print of ‘The Girl with a Pearl Earring’ and invite you to be the critic. She is on display in our new gallery, without any clues to her origin or obscurity until the painting was rediscovered in 1882, but every bit a visual beauty.
Oh My Goodness!! It won’t fit in the car!
Oh My Goodness! Now look, there’s a huge hole in the wall!
This is not a positive start to enjoying your newly framed work. All too often we see customers trying to battle with the seats in the car to stow their carefully bubble-wrapped work. Even though there is protection from the packaging, damages can happen. When transporting large or very delicate works, we recommend that you use an expert.
When hanging works in the home or workspace, those same expert skills will save you time, angst and frustration.
While we acknowledge the great DIY skills of many of our customers, we recommend Darren Bacon from Art Perfect at Paddington.
Have a look at how he and his team have managed the stairwell installation, the recording memorabilia, and for a WOW look at some of his other work………….
Go to Darren Bacon’s gallery
Followers of the Rennie Mackintosh style were devastated to hear the news recently that fire had damaged the Glasgow School of Art (The Mackintosh Building). Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a renowned Scottish architect who also became famous for his landscape watercolours art and his striking art nouveau design. Much of his work is housed at the Glasgow School of Art.
Prominent buildings designed by Mackintosh including Queens Cross Church, Ruchill Church Hall, and the Martyrs’ School have been preserved and restored and well loved by residents and visitors to Glasgow.
A particular favourite is The Willow Tea Rooms, with glorious stained glass windows created around his famous rose design. Such is the collectability of original items from the tea rooms that they attract keen prices at auction.
If you are beginning or renewing a love of all things Charles Rennie Mackintosh, try the following links: