Wadebridge Framing Workshop owner Mike Polson, took over established framers Harvey Framing six months ago and is gradually evolving the business to reflect his approach to presenting your works of art and mementos in their best light. Here he tells us more about his business.
I trained as a framer over 15 years ago in Walcot in Bath, which is a well -known reclamation and antique district. Since then my career took a different turn in the music and film business. However, after moving to Cornwall 7 years ago, the toll off travelling and being away from my family lead me to look for a business closer to home."
I was thinking of setting up a framing business from scratch, when I stumbled across Harvey Framing, which owner Paul Harvey wanted to sell. We shook hands on the spot in a deal which was to see Paul still being involved in a specialist role (his specialism is sports memorabilia and cross stitch).
I try to take a creative approach to what can be framed and encourage visitors to my newly created gallery space to think out of the box in terms of what you can put in a frame.
Of course, we will frame works of art, prints and favourite photographs, but there are so many other things that look amazing when set in the right frame. For example, have you thought about old LP's and album covers, children's art, old band and film posters or even pages torn out of old art books picked up in a charity shop?
The walls of the gallery at the workshop are filled with ideas for framing including the odd album cover as well as pencil drawings from my 9-year-old son Nico. I also exhibit work from Cornish artists; artists who have a more individual take on their surroundings. I am currently showing work from Nina Brook, Rowan Clarke and Natasha Chambers and I'm keen for browsers to pop by to view the art and to get ideas for how to frame their most treasured things.
I can offer off the shelf framing, with a range of both classic and unusual frame choices as well as a bespoke service and the workshop is equipped to take individual as well as contract orders. I also make made to order mirrors finishing them in the Farrow and Ball paint of your choice.
Wadebridge Framing Workshop can be found at Unit 5, Palmers Way on the Trenant Industrial Estate in Wadebridge (near One to One gym). If you would like more information please call 01208 815720.