What are the key competences of a frame maker today?
It’s a combination of mastering artisanal techniques at the highest level and a profound knowledge of art history. To find the perfect shape of a frame means to feel and understand the vibrancy of the painting or drawing as well as to contextualise the historical and artisanal meaning.
What do frames signify?
On the one hand, it is a border. But it is also a transition to the surroundings. The frame has to underline the picture’s quality, to highlight its vividness and to enhance its depth by drawing the viewer's eye to the painting and not detracting any attention from it.
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So your work plays always the second role?
Yes and no. Of course, the painting is the focal point of the total artwork, but the frame is crucial for its appeal, creating harmony with the surroundings and arranging the whole space. I love this kind of work, deciding which style out of my collection of 2,500 historic frames fits best.
Do you only produce frames based on historic models?
For contemporary artworks, it is common that new frame solutions have to be developed. Every piece is unique, like a tailor made suit. And often, even I’m surprised by the new effect of a framed painting. I’m especially fascinated by the variety and subtlety of surfaces I can create.