Mount is celebrating our 2nd birthday!
Our second year was one of ups and downs for us. We’d like to say thank you to all our amazing customers for being so supportive.
Here’s our 2nd year in review:
We launched our image reproduction suite with the introduction of a new top-of-the-range A3 scanner. We’ve put this kit to great use, from digitising family photos, to scanning and processing an entire exhibition of photographs.
Our Mount Community Arts Award was initiated in our 2nd year, and we plan to develop it in year 3. Exhibitions that won our support in year 2 include Ciara Nolan’s Humans of Frome exhibition at the Silk Mill. We’re helping Tim Gander print his Faces of Routes exhibition in support of the drop-in centre for young people in crisis in Frome. Find out more here: http://www.timgander.co.uk/portfolio/faces-of-routes/
We have lent our helping hand to other exhibitions and artists this year, including Denman & Gould’s Winter Fair in November at their church studio in Haydon, Dorset. In the summer, we supported Black Swan Arts 1000 Postcard exhibition and gave away 5 framing discount vouchers. We sponsored The Evolver Prize, which exhibited in Black Swan Arts. In May we helped Phyllis Wolff install her Rosegarden of Light exhibition at the Silk Mill; many of the pieces were framed by Mount. Lucy Rogers Industrious show at Rook Lane was supported by Mount. Our most recent projects include processing, printing and framing Seamus Nicolson’s From The Corner Of My Eye exhibition (Showing at the Black Swan until March 11th)
Notable frames we made this year include Gary Cook’s Polar Swim painting for the Green Party’s Green Creates exhibition. We loved framing this John Piper and working with our gilder, Karen Dawkins, to get a beautiful gilded Moon Gold finish. We’ve just printed and framed a beautiful piece for Mark Karasick that is showing from this weekend at The Art Pavilion in London as part of Force Of Nature – Mark’s work will show alongside work by Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Long, Susan Derges and David Nash.
We designed a poster for Glastonbury Festival, currently on sale https://shop.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/collections/posters
The hardest framing challenge we had in our 2nd year was stretching a Mark Manning painting. The work was painted with poster paints that were close to cracking and the canvas was cut very close to the work. Giving us hardly anything to work with. But the end result was stunning.
Another big challenge was making 4 large canvases for Martin Creed’s Hauser & Wirth exhibition. The largest took up our entire workshop!
Simon’s mum had a stroke last year, which was a big set-back for us. But we’re happy to say that she is recovering well and working on a series of Still Lifes – a selection of which we’ll be framing in 2017. We’ve been formulating procedures to ensure that whatever is going on in the backdrop of our personal lives, our customers aren’t negatively affected. We want to say thanks to all our customers who have been so understanding and patient in the face of such a challenging year. Moving into our 3rd year we are dedicated to being better and brighter.
Here are some things to look out for in our 3rd year:
We’ve teamed up with two of the South West’s leading craftspeople. Master gilder Karen Dawkin’s range of gilded mouldings mix the contemporary and traditional. Cabinet-maker Russ Denman of Denman & Gould is making a new range of designer frame mouldings for Mount.
We’ll be expanding our giclee printing service to include posting prints across the UK for customers who can’t visit us in person.
We’re planning a new website, which we hope will launch in Summer/ Autumn 2017.
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