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JENNIE and Adrian Pearson are celebrating seven years running On the Edge Framing from their garden studio in Harcombe, just outside Lyme Regis.
After owning Blue Lias Gallery and Primary Colours children’s clothing and toyshop for ten years, they decided in 2012 to buy Town Mill Framing and, befitting its new location, changed the name to On the Edge Framing.
Now they welcome their many clients to their spacious studio set in attractive gardens.
Warmed in the winter by a wood burning stove and surrounded by a colourful garden, the studio is just ten minutes from Broad Street by car.
A comprehensive service is offered with products from Wessex Pictures, Nielsen and Bainbridge, Rose and Hollis and Frinton Mouldings in wood and metal in traditional and contemporary styles.
The options are endless and considerable stock is held so urgent work can be carried out without delay.
Jennie said: “Some customers have a very clear idea of what they want; they may wish to match an existing frame, for example. Others are keen to be advised and options suggested.”
She finds that customers appreciate her experienced eye which comes with her own art and design training and practice and from running their art gallery.
Jennie continued: “I enjoy finding the ideal solution: for customers’ tastes, for the picture, its setting and the budget. Presentation can make a huge difference to an artwork. So often customers are amazed at how enhanced their piece becomes in a bespoke frame.
“We frame all sorts of things from valuable paintings and prints to fun pieces of ephemera of sentimental value and we have been asked to frame some surprising items from scribbles on menus, t-shirts and vinyl records to three-dimensional objects. Photo collages, textiles and embroideries are a particular speciality.”
Having decided on the best way to frame a piece, Jennie hands over to Adrian who brings precise, practical skills to the process ensuring that the artwork is well-presented, secure and preserved for the future.
“It is very rewarding to transform a yellowing, cobwebby print or sketch stored in an attic for years to a stylish and personal object for someone’s home,” said Adrian.
“We are a good team,” they say with a smile and a wink at each other!
Please phone 01297 444999 before visiting.