Some of you have been writing recently about collections and box frames, and this got me thinking about some of my own little collections. I have collected Carlton Ware for some time now, especially the older floral series. It has an air of afternoon tea with scones and jam about it, which I love. (Where have those days gone?) These little spoons and knives are almost impossible to find now, they are so very delicate. After a couple of innocent breakages which almost broke my heart, I decided that framing my remaining 'whole' cutlery pieces was the best way to preserve them.
Off I went to the framer with my little knives and spoons carefully wrapped up. Oh yes, they thought that would be a lovely idea. I chose my frame and the magnolia-coloured mat board. Now, which order would I like to arrange my pieces? The framer laid them out. Being the finicky fusspot I am, I wanted to change the lineup order. The framer lifted the little yellow spoon, put it down, and - it broke. Now it's not as if she dropped it from a great height - less than 1 cm, and it still broke. As I said, they are so very very delicate. I'm not sure whose face registered the most shock - hers or mine. We both felt terrible! I wanted to cry, but then so did she.
Thankfully, all's well that ends well - the framer had my spoon professionally mended. I wasn't present when they mounted the pieces, and I bet there were a few nervous moments!
But, the end result, is just lovely!
Look outside the box to determine what goes into the box (frame). Art is whatever you want it to be.
P.S Thanks for your lovely comments yesterday!Pin It