New Titles for your Library
It’s now almost a year since Vivian Kistler sadly passed away: she must have influenced everybody in picture framing enormously. In many ways she provided so many of us with our route into picture framing. Anybody aiming to develop their skills will have researched the many books, videos and posters she created. Unfortunately, that whole body of work is currently on hold, and no clear indication about future publication of her work has been forthcoming.
The result is that the many titles featured in our store may well be running out: stocks on all Vivian Kistler titles are limited so it really is a case of buy now while stocks last. In fairness, any published material about picture framing (other than very simple hobby style books) is hard to come by. We are researching that area and gradually trying to bring together a series of titles that will support and extend your framing repertoire, as well as increase your knowledge of the fine craft of picture framing. Here are the first few, new titles we have for you.
• Textiles Handbook Framing and Presenting Textile Art, by Annabelle Ruston. (Paperback. 160pg)
This book provides a thorough introduction to presenting and protecting original textile art. It features tips on correcting imperfections, discolouration, missing stitches, etc. There are clear and easy-to-follow instructions for squaring needlepoint, stretching and mounting textile art, fabric extensions, support, heavy fabrics and large pieces, plus how to choose a good framer, if you don't do it yourself. The illustrations provide some great ideas for projects you could try for yourself and plenty of background, to ensure you take care of this type of art in its frame. In short it offers an ideal exploration and development of areas covered in our training module: Framing Fabrics
• The Art Of Mount Cutting by Lynn Hall GCF Adv (Spiral Bound, 80pg)
The book was written to encourage creativity in anyone who enjoys mount cutting. It clearly illustrates and details fifty different mount designs and has become a best seller for framers wishing to extend their skills. It is now used as a Study Guide for the Advanced GCF Mount Design and Function module. It provides additional ideas to those explored on our training module: Master Classes (Mounting Passion)
• The Acrylic Painter's Pocket Palette by Ian Sidaway
The aim of this book is to give the artist an easy at-a-glance guide to over 2,000 acrylic colour mixes, tint variations, and glazes. Beginners to painting are often confused by the science of colour mixing, and it can take time, effort, and experimentation to arrive at satisfactory mixes. This book will take some of the trial and error out of the process, as well as revealing some surprising combinations. With framing in mind it becomes a very useful reference book for creating your own frame finishes, using acrylic paints: it works well alongside our training module: Adding Decorative Finishes to Frames
• Starting Up a Gallery and Frame Shop by Annabelle Ruston. (Paperback 238pg)
This is an invaluable and comprehensive guide. Covers all the basic questions, such as pros and cons, choosing premises, start up and running costs, typical property agreements, contracts, financial projections, grants and cash-flow, sourcing products, effective marketing, display, pricing, employing staff. It is an ideal exploration and development of areas covered in our training module: Business Development Week
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