Tuesday, November 27

"Living with Art" is launched!

our new series of product, Living with Art is launched!!

Sunday, November 25

Framing Business in Malaysia

A guest from Australia walked in to our gallery last week. We are glad to know that he is a picture framer from Adelaide. He told us that he was attracted by the window sticker, " Guild Commended Framer"( GCF). And I think may be he was surprised to find out there is a UK's Fine Art Guild Framer in Malaysia.

According to one of the leading wood frame exporter in Malaysia, most of the picture framers in Malaysia are not well educated in this field. They learn the skills of making frame from the older generation (frame maker) or their parents. Normally they don't realize if the framing method is appropriate or not, as long as they think it is right and getting the job done. I have seen a framer try to wet mount a RM55,000 oil painting to a plywood backing board. He said this will make the oil paint looks flat and even! And another framer trimmed down an old water colour painting as he had not enough wood moulding for that framing job. Sounds crazy, isn't it?

Some of the frame maker friends are making joke of me for sitting the GCF test. They said I was wasting my time studying and wasting my money flying to London and get a "nobody care"'s certificate! I am sure they don't understand at least now I know better what is the proper way of frame making. Now I know how to help my customer to preserve their artworks or collection. With the qualification, I feel more confident to consult and help my customers. (Never mind, let them laugh! The customer's eye is bright....sooner later....they know who is the right person to frame thier artwork!)

However, as one of the many framer in Malaysia, we find difficulties to get the good framing materials in Malaysia. For example we don't have the conservation mount board selling here, no UV glass, form board, acid free or cloth tape, no hanging systems kits,.....and many more. The local framing wholesalers told us....no demand for this stuffs! so, sorry for that! That is why, we always have to scratch our head to find a way and making used of the local materials for our framing works.

Another issue,.....we are facing problem to get the good quality frame woods.... we have the good wood frame manufacturers in Malaysia but they are keen on export business ( making more money....US and Europe currency is profitable!) rather than supply to the local framers. (Good frames are not available for Malaysian...and dont blame the framers!) So, we have a very limited choices. I went to a few places like Perth, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Munich.... and I am so admired the framers there. They have all the good suppliers like Larson & Juhl ( http://www.larsonjuhl.com/ ), NielsenBainbridge (http://www.nielsenbainbridge.com/ ) .... where they can provide more than 300o choice of frames to their customers! And they don't have to keep big quantity of stocks...In Malaysia, we have only 200-300 choices. And we need to keep the stock! See, how pity is the framing business in Malaysia.

Yes...this is the fact of FRAMING business in Malaysia. Accept it!

Thursday, November 15

Photo Restoration 写真を修整しました



A client came to me with her parents photo which was halfly destroyed.

They would like us to restore the photo.

Looking at the condition of the photograph, her mother and father's face need to be manually sketched. we had tried our very best and YES our client is satisfied with the output.

We had printed the restored photo and now in the mid of framing. We will post the framed photo once it is completed.

Saturday, November 10

Our friend's Wedding Photos

Our friend, Robert had passed me some of his wedding photos to frame... since I have frame a lot of his stuff, he let me decide the frame design. So, my duty was to make their beautiful photos look more than beautiful.... sound interesting, huh....! :)

After a couple days, finally we have came out with 3 design...

Saturday, November 3

Our new product ArtTime

our new product an Art Clock .. which we call it ArtTime ... with inspiration from the artist color mixing plate's unique shape .. .
we had decided to carve it onto Malaysian's rubber wood. Rubber wood is replantable wood.. it is environmentally friendly. Furthermore, we love its soft soothing color and natrual grains.

hope this would be your ArtTime!

First Professional Framer in Malaysia

'me' at D&J Simon and Sons test center, London

As I aware that every framer knows how to make a frame but not every one of them is able to do it nicely and frame it in a correct and proper way. So, for the pass few years, I had bought quite a lot of framing reference books from UK and US in order to upgrade my knowledge in the framing fields. After some years of hands on experience, I decided to take the challenge and I traveled to England to take the framing test at D & J Simons & Sons Ltd, London on 19 September 2007.

in the mid of testing the mat cutter before the test

enjoying making frame .. haha ..

On 15 of Okt 2007, I received a letter from Fine Art Trade Guild, London informed me that I have passed the Commended Framer test. Now I am entitled to refer myself as Eng Theng, Khoo GCF! ( Guild Commended Framer). And from now on, I am feeling more confident to consult my client how the Conservation Standard framing can preserve their artwork or collection!

For this qualification, it is all about standard and credibility. Now our customers will recognize ART BUG frame & art Gallery as a professional framer and feel confident that a qualified framer will frame and preserve their valued artwork or objects.

Hopefully, the local customers who are typically a price driven market will start looking at value as well as just the price.

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