Sue Harper – Framer and Trainer
I started as a hobby artist and amateur photographer and the framing grew from the need to frame my own work. Based in Twickenham, South West London, I have a workshop in my garden, where I frame and teach in equal measures!
I work by appointment only, which means that I can give you time to talk about the art you want framed.
I started framing my own photographs in 2005 to display and sell at craft fairs. Enjoying the framing as much as the photography, this aspect of my work grew to such an extent, that by 2012, I was framing and working with wood in earnest. Initially my focus was working with raw wood, waxing, staining, and painting as needs required; I now offer a wide range of finishes and services. By 2013 I was framing for friends on an ad hoc basis and River Crane Framing was established.
I am an active member of the Fine Arts Trade Guild and encourage artists and framers alike to join the Guild. In 2017 I successfully completed the Fine Art Trade Guild exam, which means that I’m now a Guild Certified Framer. The Guild encourages continued professional development, which means that I have the opportunity to meet with other framers and hear their ideas.
The joy of my work is meeting different people and spending time talking about the work they want framed. I enjoy framing and love to see the transforming effect a frame can have on a piece of art, whether it’s a postcard, print, old poster or an original piece of work. As a teacher and trainer, I enjoy helping my students learn a new skill, and have as much fun guiding two friends through a one-off day as I do helping others grow their skills with a view to starting their framing businesses.
From time to time, I do home-visits within a reasonable distance from South West London. This can help if there is a large collection of work or it’s important to see the work in the place where it will finally hang.