As the 20th century began, the
Arts and Crafts Movement,
which emerged in the 1890's,
flourished. Craftsmanship and eclectic styles
were characteristics of this movement, visible
in its framework and artwork. Handcarved
designs were prevalent. Arts and Crafts framemakers crafted
the frame as a work of art and saw the framemaker as
an artist in their own right.
As the century came to a close, modernism would lead frame designs down
yet another path, part of which took
a turn towards minimalism.
This minimalism has developed the frame into a dime store product
that is all but invisible to the artwork. I personally believe a return to the Arts and Crafts philosophy to framecraft is in order.
Frames can be designed and built to fit an area and to blend
the significance of the art within the environment.
I've created a CraftGallery of my hand made wood craft items to sell.
Making mirrors has always been an interest of mine, perhaps because they add function to the design of a frame.
A Cedar frame with yellow high-lighted antique finish. The heart has its own mirror and is held with magnets. It is easily removed and reattached, and it works excellent as a back mirror. A unique concept.
Custom bead molding surround. 17 1/2w x 28"h $225.00 item #0007
A cedar frame with a beautiful brown/red finish. Custom carved appliques. The heart has its own mirror and is held with magnets. It is easily removed and reattached, and it works excellent as a back mirror. A unique reversed bump out with
custom bead molding surround. 17 1/2"w x 22"h
$225.00 item #0008
A trellis designed to hide a direct vent. I called it the 'Esher" trellis.
Also the window to the right has interesting panels on the top and bottom. The bottom panel , which I called lace, became a theme in the trim pattern.