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CORRECTION – Open Studios at Commercial Square – Open Only Two More Weekends to 21st June

We Have Filled This Town With Artists.

We have just had a successful first weekend and there are just two more weekends left before the studios close.

These friendly weekends are for the curious to explore this maze of artists studios in the old former furniture factories at Commercial Square.

Ceramicists, painters, printmakers, film makers, photographers, designers, typesetters, conceptual artists, illustrators, sculptors, furniture makers and silversmiths fill these buildings with creative life.

The artists are present to discuss their practice and  share their space with you.

Many artists will be working while you explore.

For visitors looking to buy, there will be plenty of works available for purchase.

Tea, coffee and cakes are served.

Toilets are situated in most units.

Entry and parking are free.

Location and map

Open Studios at Commercial Square Today and Every Weekend in June 2015

s4w-lets-fillWe Have Filled This Town With Artists.

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the work and artists you will find during the Open Studio weekends.

These friendly weekends are for the curious to explore this maze of artists studios in the old former furniture factories at Commercial Square.

Ceramicists, painters, printmakers, film makers, photographers, designers, typesetters, conceptual artists, illustrators, sculptors, furniture makers and silversmiths fill these buildings with creative life.

The artists are present to discuss their practice and  share their space with you.

Many artists will be working while you explore.

For visitors looking to buy, there will be plenty of works available for purchase.

Tea, coffee and cakes are served.

Toilets are situated in most units.

Entry and parking are free.

Location and map

 

 

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Marion Piper

Angelika Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edward Claytonwhite-frame

Angelika Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

s4w5Lindall Pearce

Angelika Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beverley Matchette-DownesBev-studio1

Commercial Square Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

s4w3Jackie Hughes

Commercial Square Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rob-discsRobert A. Stuart

Commercial Square Art

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krystyna JaszkeKrystyna W15.5

Commercial Square Studios

Commercial Square

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patrick O’Callaghan

The Old Factory Studios

Commercial Square Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chris Sims

Commercial Square Studios

Commercial Square

More Curious Room Walnut Tray Frames

s4w2s43I salivated when these small works by Marion Piper were combined with our new walnut tray frames.

Tray frames are appealing because they elevate work by simply containing it.

The face of this frame stands slightly proud of the face of the canvas, providing some protection but ultimately, framing like this is primarily about aesthetic pleasure.

 

 

Delicious.

 

 

 

 

New, Custom Designed Moulding – Box Frame

s4w-JimI needed a narrow faced, deep moulding for this frame design.

I’m happy to use glass with a painting just as long as standard float glass is not used.

The artist wanted a reflective glass.

We chose low iron glass so the artist’s colours can been seen true, as without glass.

Finished carefully with soft colours and a seamless interior, this painting has been given status.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New, delicate and gorgeous. Custom Designed Walnut Moulding.

s4w4My delicate, walnut tray frame is proving to be a success.

Custom designed and made for a small canvas or panel.

The frame has a very narrow face, simple and elegant.

For larger works, I have increased the face width for extra strength.

The frame is finished with several layers of oil to enrich the wood and reveal it’s natural variation.

Painting by Jackie Hughes, artist at Commercial Square Studios

http://www.commercialsquarestudios.co.uk/events

 

Custom Mouldings and Finishes in The Curious Room

The Curious Room is entering an exciting new phase.

I’ve dedicated the past several months to developing and designing a new selection of frame designs to include custom mouldings and finishes.

Consultations are never rushed through, the framing is never rushed through. Everything is made and measured with care and patience.

My framing takes between four to six weeks to complete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Workshop, New Wonderful Neighbours

New studio and workshop spaceThis is my third studio move. It has been exhausting but great. Although I am still moving in, I feel very settled and happy.

The Curious Room began with a simple request for help with framing from an artist in my first studio.  The demand for my framing design has slowly grown to the point that I now have my own machines, workshop and stock.

I have been designing my own moulding profiles and experimenting with my machines to find more excellent and efficient ways to produce framing. I co-work towards these goals with friends who have different but matched skills to my own.

Many of the artist’s I work with and for have asked me if I still have time for my own work. I have managed to keep my sketchbook work going while completing framing orders. Working as a collective is now beginning to enable me time to spend more time on my own work.

My framing design has enabled me to keep a studio, share a studio and put me more in touch with other artists. My studio is located within a thriving artist’s community in High Wycombe. I am one of scores of artist’s working in a rambling collection of old furniture factories. My neighbours are Angelika Studios, Studio 174, The Magpies, The Chalfont Press, The Ceramic Studios, The Old Factory Studios and Commercial Square Studios.

Photographers, printmakers, painters, ceramicists, sculptors, jewellers, typesetters, mosaic designers and textile artists form this tasty soup ofworkshop

creativity.

So, here is where I am right now – maintaining a studio, working with my friends and aiming for excellence.

Its all good.

And I love my new neighbours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Framing Rapido

Framed Painting Tablet

Framed Painting Tablet

Guest post from Taragh Bissett

Last year I took part in a painting competition – Pintar Rapido. Hundreds of artists take to the streets of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday morning to paint.  We deliver our paintings to Chelsea Town Hall the same evening. Our paintings are hung for an exhibition the next day. One of the challenges is to frame the work in the process.

“How can I paint in a way that’s easy to frame really quickly and inexpensively?” I asked Nicola of The Curious Room. We discussed the best approach and this week Nicola surprised me with two framed painting tablet kits.
“You’ll be able to frame your work in just a few minutes” she said. I loved them.

The painting surface is made of museum board. This is an acid-free extra heavyweight board that can be primed. The frame is a minimal panel style frame made of natural ash. This is FSC certified so comes from responsibly managed forests.

Once the painting is dry, I simply peel away a protective layer on the self adhesive back board and drop the painting onto the board and apply pressure to stick it firmly. The back of the frame has fittings already in place designed to make the painting hang perfectly without tilting. All done.

Nicola told me I can swap the museum board for the same size watercolour board if I’d prefer, or even swap it for paper and glass with glass clips.

I’m excited to be painting and framing tomorrow, and I have a feeling I will be back to The Curious Room asking for more.

www.pintarrapido.com 19th and 20th July 2014