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Marian Kessler art prints and posters

Artist Marian Kessler has a simple directive for her craft: "There are two moments that I live for as an artist; when I finish a piece – when I’ve made something lovely and thought-provoking that didn’t exist a few hours before, and when other people see that piece, and respond to it in ways that I, as its maker, could never imagine."


She credits her sense of colour to growing up in the spectacular landscapes of northern New Mexico. Marian Kessler developed a deep-rooted love of different artistic media from the patchwork of cultures in the American Southwest. Her intricate mixed media collages are influenced by her interests in archaeology and folk art, science and myth, as well as a strong belief in the validity of fine craft as an art form. She combines various decorative elements such as handmade papers, embossed metals, and braided tassels and then adds an overlay of adornment with dazzling glass and ceramic beadwork. The fusion results in an ornate display of sophisticated workmanship that is sincere and full of life.


"Fine artists – those working in painting, sculpture, drawing, and printing – have only considered themselves separate from craft artisans for the last few hundred years," she notes, "and even then, only in Western European cultures. For the rest of the world, and the rest of human history, people have been making art out of every material they could possibly use."


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Moulding

Gives the frame its character and provides the perfect setting for an artwork to be fully enjoyed.

Perspex or glass

Protects the artwork from dust and wilting so that it can be admired for many years.

Mount

Adds depth to an image and works with the moulding to enhance and protect the artwork.

Backing board

Bonds to the artwork ensuring it is perfectly smooth and holds the whole frame together.

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In the Design Studio

We partner with the world's top museums and galleries to bring you exclusive prints of the highest quality. Our teams of designers ensure the colours are accurate, papers are well suited and the best frames are suggested.

Colour Perfecting in the Print Room

In the printing room, artworks are printed on state-of-the-art machines with a team of technicians checking colour and quality every step of the way.

Measuring Up

After being cut down to size, our team carefully finish any stray edges, check measurements and prepare the prints for mounting and framing.

Assembling Frames in the Framing Workshop

We have a team of master framers who work with high-quality, responsibly-sourced wood to create our vast range of framing combinations - each frame is bespoke and made to order for every print.

Hand-finishing in the Framing Workshop

Our selection of hand-finished frames are painted or stained by hand in a variety of colours, and finished with a layer of wax - the end result is a uniquely crafted, beautiful frame that is made to last.

The Last Stop

In this workshop everything comes together - the print, the frame and the glass - in a seamless and stream-lined process.

Mounting the Prints

The artwork is carefully mounted in preparation for framing.

Laying the Glass

Once mounted, the print is ready to be covered by glass or perspex - a delicate procedure but expertly done with not a fingerprint in sight.

The Final Product

After a final, thorough check, the framed print is ready to be carefully packaged up and shipped to the customer.

Transferring to Canvas

For those who order their art as canvas prints, the same amount of attention and care goes into the process. Here, the print is being transferred to a wooden frame.

Finishing the Canvas Edging

As with the framed prints, our canvases are all hand-finished in the workshop - a labour of love from start to finish.