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Building Businesses


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Our Business Development Week only comes around twice a year: in March & November. Our record for helping businesses to get started, and to develop skills once they are up and running, is exemplary. Most of the time it is the business development week that has provided that support, whether people have completed the full course in one block or picked up the necessary modules over a longer period. It provides essential grounding in practical skills maintaining the guidance in “commended” work (based on Fine Art Trade Guild level, guidelines) through to understanding the role of “conservation” projects (also FATG level guidelines). This is also backed up with clear guidance on how to organise your new business and loads of ideas about making your business stand out from the competition and how to develop a thriving order book. Please note: the two business days (Organising & Planning a Framing Business and Creating Business Success) can each be booked as individual training days

 

The week runs from 17th – 23rd November. For details of content, booking options etc, click BDW. Some places remain.

 

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Congratulations - Staff News


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Anybody visiting the DIYframing warehouse will know that Ellie is about to become a mum. So we are taking the opportunity to wish her well as she heads of on maternity leave shortly and look forward to hearing Greg & Ellie’s good news a little later on. 

 

At almost the same time we have a new member of staff, Daniel Dickinson, joining DIYframing as warehouse manager. We are delighted with Daniel's appointment, and feel sure that he will enjoy being part of the picture framing business and our team in High Wycombe.

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Photo / Art groups - FREE Mount Cutting Demo


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If you belong to any art, photography or craft group using mounts to present your art, this free session could be an ideal way to discover how you can improve presentation, very simply.  This FREE seminar / demonstration is for complete novices or those of you unsure about how to progress beyond a simple, single mount. So please pass this on to your contacts, friends or group members.

Monday October 15th, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm @ DIYframing, High Wycombe.  Session will be presented by our lead trainer, Richard Buttle.


 

Themes include:

- Competition rules – working within them but imaginatively: image shape & proportion; Hinge Mount System; mount proportions; range of mountboard;

- Working with Mount Colours and Cutting Styles: double mounts; layers & shadows; deep bevels

- Keeping it Simple: ideas about moulding constraints, variety of finishes combined with a range of mount cutting techniques.  Illustrated by the same photographic image mounted & framed in six distinctly different ways.

- Q & A: Aiming to answer questions from the group about areas discussed (or any other queries).

 

If you would like to attend this free seminar / demonstration it is essential that you contact us to book a place.

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REMINDER - Develop Your Skills


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Between now and the new year, there are a number of more specialised courses taking place. If you have completed our entry level training (Basics of Framing / Mount Cutting & Decoration), then these offer the next step up.


CANVAS STRETCHING & FRAMING: - take artwork on canvas, make a stretcher frame, attach artwork and frame it in a “tray” or present it as a gallery wrap. Course Details


FRAME FINISHES: - use a range of media to create your own finishes on natural wood moulding. Course Details


3D FRAMING: - learn how to make, line and attach 3D items into a box frame. Course Details


CONSERVATION FRAMING: - explore how you can maintain and protect the condition of artwork, working within Fine Art Trade Guild conservation framing guidelines. Course Details


FRAMING FABRICS: - stretch and support a piece of fabric based artwork, then design and make a mount and frame to complete the project. Course Details


MASTER CLASSES With David Wilkie GCF: - discover an encyclopaedic range of new ideas / techniques in cutting & decorating mounts, as well as using mouldings, in different ways, to great effect. Course Details

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Beechwood Artists


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Beechwood Artists was established in 1996 and has approximately 100 members of varying experience from beginners upwards. All members are amateurs and they create pictures in a wide variety of media for enjoyment and personal challenge. Their members are regular customers at DIYframing, so we are pleased to publicise their next art exhibition:

On 3rd & 4th November

From 10.00am to 5.00pm each day

At Amersham Common Village Hall, 24 White Lion Road, Amersham, Bucks HP7 9JD.

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Demo Area


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For those of you able to visit our warehouse, we now have a new, kit demonstration area. This space allows us to have most of the mount cutting and framing tools on show, labelled with their product names to help identify what you are looking for on our sales racking.  It should also help you pinpoint exactly which bits of kit you would like a member of staff to demonstrate.

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August Exhibition - After the Event


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Shut Your Mouth When You’re talking To Me was the title of the art exhibition, at DIYframing, devised and set up by Darius Beeks and Harry Jones.  The theme for the show was a celebration of growing up and featured a wide range of their own art: photographs, paintings and collage. The exhibition ran from 1st – 10th August and was a great success, with well over 200 visitors attending: on the 3 late nights the attendance averaged around 50 people.  Although nerves were inevitable ahead of opening, by working on every aspect of the exhibition together, Darius and Harry could share the load, talking through any worries or anxieties. Also, having worked flat out, they were pretty confident that they couldn’t have done any more.

 

Local media got behind what Darius and Harry were trying to achieve, with features on the Bucks Free Press website, in their magazine and on Bucks TV.  Other measures of the event’s success were the sales of artwork (30+ pieces) and offers of commissions. 

 

More important though, as they head off to take their art studies further at university, was the positive feedback from visitors.  In particular their friends loved it, and showing them around was especially good, because they all knew how much work had gone into completing the exhibition.

 

Darius and Harry will always remember one of their friend’s comments, as it captures just what they were aiming to express in their art:

'This exhibition is great for you, but it’s also great for all of us because it celebrates our friendship and us all growing up together!'

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New Venues 2013


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We are always open to new ideas for locations and venues for our Art & Photography Framing Weekends.  There’s no formula for what makes a training venue a success, but many have been suggested by our own customers, others by art & photography groups wanting to set something up local to their members.

 

Chichester is already proving to be a success (fully booked this year) so we will be returning there next year (5th & 6th October 2013). The venue in Derby (Matlock) has come from contact with “Derbyshire Arts” based at Pear Tree Farm Guest House & Arts Centre (13th & 14th April 2013).  Similarly members of an art group in Darlington were keen to have a local training option (2nd & 3rd February 2013). Finally, our Newcastle Upon Tyne session (22nd & 23rd June 2013) has been moved to a slot in Summer in order to encourage people from the Scottish Borders to make the trek down without the problems of winter weather.

 

If you have a suggestion for where / when we might run a course, then please contact us: Request A Course – we genuinely welcome your feedback.

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Dates


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We will be at the

Hobbycrafts Show, SECC Glasgow: 25th - 28th October AND

Art Materials Live, NEC Birmingham: 8th - 11th November


For more details about venues, dates and booking information please click to view: 

MANCHESTER, 6th & 7th October;
MAIDSTONE 13th & 14th October;
CHICHESTER 20th & 21st October;
GLASGOW 27th & 28th October;
CARDIFF 10th & 11th November
YORK 8th & 9th December

 

And REMEMBER you can book single workshops / days from any weekend.

 

For events at our main centre click: ALL COURSES (2013 dates now showing)

Reserve places NOW, to avoid disappointment.

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Thank you for your continued support.

Until next time...

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September 2012

There are loads of chances to learn about framing over the Autumn and into Winter. The course catalogue has now been listed for 2013 and includes some new venues and timings that we think will prove worthwhile.

If you do intend to train with us but haven’t had a look at what DIYframing can offer in terms of framing kit, it’s worth an early look at some of the information sheets we have available. Who knows what Santa might pack in his sack for you this year!
Framers Kit List
Mount Cutter Comparison Chart

 

There are a few new things going on around the DIYframing Warehouse, plus various chances for art / photographic groups to work with us. Clearly it’s going to be a very busy few weeks, especially with another visit to the Hobbycrafts show in Glasgow (October), then the Art Materials Live Show (NEC Birmingham) and our own Business Development Week, both set for November.

 

Perhaps we will see you in one place or the other.

Duncan

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