Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Spring Fair 2014

Yesterday we visited the Spring Fair at the NEC in Birmingham. Covering everything from Home Interiors to Jewellery, it’s a vast exhibition showcasing the latest designs and trends for 2014.

With nearly 300000 new products on display there’s a lot to take in, so after a brief detour for coffee, we headed straight to the Art & Framing Hall…

Chunky Black/White frames are proving very popular with Art publishers showing lots of graphic comic & cartoon images, everything from old Beano covers to Moomin & Marvel characters.

In a similar vein the popularity of artwork based on famous faces shows no signs of slowing down, a large Frank Sinatra portrait incorporating broken records to form his suit and hat was probably the standout piece, this was thickly resined and presented in another chunky black frame, this one of a highly glossed finish.

Resin was very prominent on everything from the famous faces, to abstracts and 3D woodland scenes similar to the ones Graham does here at The Cuckoo’s Nest. Framing on these resined pieces came in three distinct styles. None, on the abstracts, chunky black on the portraits and highly ornate on the 3D works.

Square, loosely painted landscapes and the perennial favourites, Cow & Hare portraits were still going strong, chunky white frames looking like the trend for these in 2014.

After exploring the art publishers, we headed off to see some of the frame stands, meeting up with current suppliers and making some new friends. After much chatting and now armed with the latest catalogues and leaflets for machines you never knew you needed, we headed for home…New additions to our frame mouldings ordered, new ready made frames on the way, new website up and running…we’re off to a flying start in 2014 :)

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