framed originals for sale in the wharf gallery
I have been creating Batik paintings for over fifty years. In the 1980s I designed original pieces of work specifically for reproducing as cards for my greetings card range, striving to keep up with the insatiable demand of the market. In those days I had nowhere to display original work, so for years all these original Batiks were stored in a roll under my bed!
When I moved to Shropshire in the early 1990s, I began to create a gallery in my beautiful 17C canal-side barn. Gradually I got all the work framed and on display, much of it back-lit . Many pieces were major best-selling titles as greetings cards but had never been seen by the public in their original form.
The framing of all these pieces was a massive undertaking but I work closely with my framer Elaine Langley at Beckett Framing. She is able to offer me plenty of choice of high quality deep mouldings so I can to house the LED lighting neatly within the thickness of the frame. I always choose the frame moulding to suit each individual piece. Invariably I find I've picked the most expensive moulding in the shop! Some earlier pieces with shallower mouldings have a 1" x 1" deep softwood edge, stained to match the frame, to form a shallow box to house the lights.
Some paintings have mounts but usually the Batik goes right to the edge of the frame, meaning that all within the frame is lit. Normally I provide each one with D rings and cord for hanging but for some of the larger works I recommend fixing on to the wall with mirror plates.
All my current framed original Batik paintings come complete with LED back-lighting.