Early Warning: Artists & Illustrtors Show 2006

The next exhibition we will be visiting is the Artists' & Illustrators' show:

"... an unmissable event for anyone interested in art or illustration. It is Europe's largest practical art show, bringing together more than 150 art material manufacturers, and more than 16,000 artists and illustrators of all abilities under one roof. This is your chance to meet other artists, buy art materials at competitive prices, get expert advice from top artists and art product manufacturers, and try out the latest art materials. Come along and be inspired!" ... from BDC website

DATES:  Thursday, 20th July - Sunday 23rd July

VENUE: The Design Centre, Islington

We will be there showing an extensive range of resources, equipment and materials including some product launches and unique special offers.  Our team of advisors will be on hand to give you practical advice and demonstrate mount cutting and framing equipment.  One visit to our stand and you could find everything you need to produce top quality framing for your artwork, in the style that you choose.

In addition, there will be a full programme of workshops and seminars run by DIYframing in one of the balcony seminar / training areas.  Early booking is essential as these sessions filled very quickly last year.  Details follow:

Each day will start with either of the folowing two seminars. Each one lasts 1hr to 1.5hrs allowing for Q&A time.
Seminar 1 (20th & 22nd July): Develop Framing as a Source of Income
If you are thinking about framing your own artwork, why not earn some money at the same time?  This session leads you through the process of how to get started with framing from home, the tools to use and what needs to be in place ready for your first “Bespoke Framing” project.

Seminar 2 (21st & 23rd July): Framing With Distinction
Looking at how framing is an essential element in creating unique pieces of artwork for display and exhibition.  By giving careful consideration to colour palette, mount styles and moulding finishes, you can produce framing of exceptional quality.

During the rest of the time we will be running a series of 5 workshops.  Each lasts apprximately 1hr and can accommodate 10 students:

  • How to Create a Simple Hinge Mount System  A practical session where you will learn how to cut the sort of simple mount used in most framing projects.  This is then taken slightly further to create a method of attaching your artwork into the mount package, whilst, at the same time protecting and supporting it.
  • Making a Double Mount  Making a double mount is a fundamental decorative mount technique.  In this session, you will learn a cunning method for creating double mounts, where the two aperture edges always run parallel.  In addition we look at the different types of tapes used in mounting artwork, considering conservation qualities and what is best to use in specific projects.
  • Learning To Make Decorative Mounts
    In this workshop you will find out what other styles of mount can be cut simply by careful marking up and following a specific cutting plan.  You will actually make two mounts: one with “offset” corners; the second with angled corners.  There will also be a demonstration of freehand cutting and how to use a circle / oval cutter.
  • Creating Decorative Mounts With Deep Bevels  A very distinctive style of picture mount is where the bevels are 5mm deep, drawing the eye into the image itself.  These are created in this workshop by using foam core board with a taped, decorative edge.  Each person taking part will create their own mounted photograph to take away.
  • Using Joining Tools to Create a Frame  This session tackles the very heart of frame making by showing you how to join your cut lengths of moulding to form a frame.  Not only will participants complete a frame from pre-cut lengths, you will also see how to put the mount and backboard into the frame and (time permitting) have a chance to tie in hanging cord ready for display.


Full details will be published nearer to the event, in the meantime we have set out below basic information and links to relevant organisations.

Opening Times: 10am - 6pm daily except Sunday 10am - 3.30pm
Ticket Prices: advance standard ticket: £7.00 on door: £9.00
advance Concessions: £5.50 on door: £8.00
advance Subscribers: £5.50 on door: £8.00
Manga convention ticket: £10 in advance, £12 on the door 

Business Design Centre: www.businessdesigncentre.co.uk
Artists & Illustrators Magazine:  www.aimag.co.uk


Posted on: 9 May 2006@08:32:48, updated on: 9 Jun 2006@10:41:46.