• Original Banksy

    So, this guy walks through the door of the sutudio, with the side of a box under his arm, and asks "Do you frame Cardboard?".

    Never one to be daunted, and interest piqued, I said "Yeeeeeees".

    He then said, "How about this then ?"

    I took a step back. "OMG. No. Is that ... is that ... ?"

    "Yes" he said.

    Turns out that at the 2003 Peace March in London, Banksy provided a few dozen placards of the Bomb Hugger. Most were trampled underfoot, some confiscated by the Met. and some survived. One being auctioned for £10k quite recently. The 'Fragile' part was on the side of the box, so Banksy stencilled around it. I think it's unique amongst the others he produced that day and more poignant.

    This chap's Mum was on the March and can be seen carrying this very placard in a Press photo of the time.

    I float framed it in a box frame with a black mount to match the deep gloss black of the original.

    What a priviledge to frame such an iconic piece of zeitgeist art.

  • Phew... Guess what ?...

    it was hard work but I'm back up and running. The Studio is all organised and faces are walking through the door, some old friends and some new.

    It's taken 2 years nearly to find somewhere and I'm really chuffed at where I am now. It's a real watershed for me and also my partner, Neil, has decided to move his office to the back of Florence Road to keep me company. He works 80% of the time on his client's site, but works a day a week usually from Chichester. He had an office close to the A27 by-pass but was fed up of the noise and constantly eating diesel fumes. Florence Road with it's huge park is such a contrast.

    I can vouch for the toasted sandwiches at Florence Park cafe, and their cakes sustained Neil during the more physical bits of the move! To be fair, he didn't do a lot of lifting bless him, so it was all a bit of an excuse for indulgence. All the heavy work was done by our great friends at Lion Removals of Fishbourne. We've used them three times now. Once to move to Westbourne, then here to Florence Road. Neil used them to to get from Quarry Lane to here. Best to-me-to-you-to-you-to-me double act in Sussex. Hardworking and efficient.

    We've got a couple of dates for Arts and craft workshops run by my friend Karen Ongley-Snook, the first one is Rag Rug making. Lots of you may know Karen as a prolific, local, multi media artist. Details of the workshops are below.

    I have great space upstairs that I intend to use as a gallery and workshop, so feel free to come in and talk.

    You can also always send me a message via email, Facebook or Twitter. Always monitoring!

    Kind Regards


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  • What's black when you buy it, red when you use it and .....

    ......... and grey when you've finished with it ?

    Summer is here and lots of things has been going on, Nicely settled in at the Wren Centre now, my daughter has just finished her GCSE's and finished school, where did that time go? Year 7 one week, Prom the next... My Son Liam has been rehearsing for his 3rd Summer Play performance since being one of the founding pupils of Chichester Free School. He's in a production of 'Bugsey Malone' this year. Last year they did 'The Evil Headmistress' and 'Snoopy' the year before that.

    I usually help out by framing a poster signed by the cast for display in the school and this year will be no different.

    So to celebrate the past few family events I'm offering a 15% discount throughout July and August 2015 while School is out.

    oh.... the answer to the riddle is Barbecue Charcoal !!

    If at anytime in the future I happen not to be in and you have popped by, my mobile number is on the door so don't be shy and please do call and we can arrange a meet up, even at your place if that's convenient. ... or, call me anyway. I'll most likely be in at the advertised times now but if not I'll arrange to meet with you if it's urgent.

    You can also send me a message via email, Facebook or Twitter. Always monitoring!

  • Ohhhh... a life on the Ocean wave.... dee-dee-diddle-eedee-dee-dee

    First things first......Studio 5 won't be open on Friday and Saturday Oct 17th and 18th 2014. It's because I'm going on a cruise ship for the day and staying overnight.

    P&O's MV Arcadia. The new one apparently, not the old one.

    This 'treat' has been organised by my partner because he wants me to consider getting my sea legs and going on a cruise. He says it's the best thing since sliced bread and would suit me down to the ground. I've told him that I get queasy looking at the ripples in a teacup, and that me and the sea go together like Tom and Jerry but he's determined. Bless him. So, that means on Friday Oct 17th I'll be off having a guided tour of the ship and being treated to lunch on board. He's told me the ship remains firmly anchored to the dock so it's safe ! I'll let you know how it all goes!

    Remember those shells I had to frame ? Here's the finished product.

    It measures a fairly hefty 73cm square and weighs about 4kg. I used a special cord with a breaking strain of 50kg so unless the house falls down it'll be nice and safe ! The lady was over the moon with it and there's nothing better for me than knowing I've provided great service and my customer feels they have got something special.

    Did you see the picture I put on Facebook? Oh... My....God.... it nearly had me in tears looking at it. So powerful. This pastel was brought in this week to be framed, the talent of Kate Passingham, a local artist from Nutbourne, is incredible, looking at it made my hairs stand up on end, and justifiably this is going into a gallery in London. It is such a powerful image. The girl belongs to a tribe in Africa whose eyes are genetically blue. So unusual. My photograph doesn't do it justice.

    While I remember, I've had a bit of a clear out in the Studio and put in a nice table and chairs to talk over your framing instead of us all having to stand at that awkward workbench. Soooooo much better.

    Kind Regards


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