Apparently it’s International Mountain Day today so I thought I’d shed some light on our company name “Mount”. Aside from mounting artworks being literally an aspect of our job, we chose the name as a nod to our old darkroom technician at The Arts Institute at Bournemouth @inspiredaub, Gareth. He taught us to “go over the mountain” when altering the values of cyan/ magenta/ yellow to achieve a neutral colour photographic print. This meant if a print had a green colour cast we had to add enough magenta to get a magenta cast and then work back towards towards green until reaching neutral (the peak of the mountain). We stick to this rule when we’re giclee printing and colour-matching prints to original artworks.

colour darkroom colour casts

We apply this rule to many aspects of our business, pushing beyond where we think the peak is so that we know the extremes of our limitations. Here’s photos of an experiment Simon did to find out how strong his strengthened frames can be.


Strength test number 1 – 40mm steel bracket…I see framing as being akin to structural engineering in some ways but since I’m not a trained engineer I do my own strength tests on frames. This is a new method we’re trialling which will enable us to frame large things with very narrow mouldings. I know many other framers aren’t willing to use narrow mouldings on a large scale simply because it’s not known how large a frame can be made. By conducting these tests I know the limits of our mouldings and I can use them with confidence. The moulding here is a 15mm x 25mm tulip wood, joined with a typical mitred butt joint using wood glue and underpinned. It is strengthened using a steel plate recessed into the internal rebate. I’m testing the peeling strength in this test. The weight hanging from the cross bar is just over 4kg before the internal corner started the give out, and it went to 12kg before it broke. With a cross pin it could be even stronger.

There is a similar message in the unfinished novella “Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain Climbing” by René Daumal

“what is above knows what is below, what is below does not know what is above… there is an art to finding your way in the lower regions by the memory of what you have seen when you were higher up. When you can no longer see you can at least still know.” ?

Happy International Mountain Day!

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