Advanced Qualification

Mount Design and Function Advanced Accreditation


Mal has passed the final of three advanced accreditations in Mount Design and Function.  In achieving this qualification Mal becomes the third UK framer to hold all three qualifications.  One of Mal's interests is border design accomplishing a number of border design based on mainly Arabic and Indian geometry.  In addition, he is interested in the traditional English ruled lines, wash and marbled panels introduced in during what is considered as the 'Golden Age of Watercolours' in the style of Paul Sandy(1730-1839), Thomas Girtin(1775-1802) and of course Turner(1775-1851); three artists who are accredited with the classical school of English water-colourists.

Mal continues to work on numerous designs some of which can be developed for a particular customer making their artwork unique.  This can be followed through with a theme for future work.

Ask Mal to describe the various options for corner designs as well as those for mount decoration.




FAMA Art Bologna

Mal on the Rinaldin Stand at the FAMA Art Expo in Bologna.  Over the period on the Expo Mal gave five lectures on Conservation Framing to audiences from many different European countries.  See Mal's Masterclass to view the lecture content.


Training in Bologna

Mal asked by Italian Framing company RINALDIN to offer Conservation Seminars and Workshops FAMA Art Bologna - Italy

From 3 - 5 March Mal Reynolds GCF(APF) Adv will be hosting a variety for seminars and demonstrations on Guild Member, Rinaldin's booth at FamaArt Bologna: Hall 20, Stand D24 - E23.

1030 - 1110 - Undestanding Conservation Framing.
1120 - 1200 - Normal Conditions - Factors Affecting Conservation Framing.

1430 - 1510 - The Conservation Mount and Border Dimensions.
1520 - 1600 - Conservation Hinges.

(Morning schedule only on Sunday 5th March)




The Harlequin has Landed

Welcome to our new Harlequin arrived from Sorento this morning.  Taking pride of place in my workshop the ceramic Harlequin, that stands 780mm tall, was purchased whilst on holiday in Sorento in May of this year.

Positioned close to the door the Harlequin along with the Harlequin Barons welcomes customers to Harlequin Frames and offers our business card. 


Lincoln Cathedral

Greatly privileged to work for Toni Watts, Artist in Residence bandit Lincoln Cathedral, framing her outstandingly exquisite work in preparation for her exhibition later this year.  To date I have framed around 12 pieces of work all comprising gold leaf and pigment paints some of which were sourced and ground into pigments by Toni.  Her work is extremely detailed and great care and attention to detail makes her work of a standard that only a few in this country could achieve.

All framing at conservation level.

Watch this space for further photographs 


Hall of Fame

I was especially honoured to be inducted into the Fine Art Trade Guild's Hall of Fame at the Guild's Awards Convention at Stratford upon Avon this last weekend(7th May 2016)  The citation read 'in recognition to services to the art and framing industry'

There are only six people who have received this accolade and I feel exceptionally proud, privileged and somewhat humbled to be considered amongst these industry elite.


Harlequin Barons



The Harlequin Barons have, today 16th January, been spotted making their way up Steep Hill(Lincoln) towards the Marine and Wildlife Studio where they will be dressed in their livery painted by wildlife artist Jenny Bell. 


To celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta by King John on 15th June 1215, a Charter Trail of 25 colourful Baron sculptures were positioned around the centre of Lincoln.  The Barons Trail proved to be extremely popular with both visitors and residents alike and to keep the spirit of the Magna Carta alive miniature replicas have been produced.  Many of these miniatures have been painted and adorn local shop windows.


Conservation Study Day Jan 2016

A Conservation Study day will be held in the Guild HQ, Wye House, London on Wednesday 27 January 2016. This Study day will concentrate on the theory required to be successful in passing the Guild’s Advanced Accreditation in Conservation. Subjects to be covered include:


Conservation Framing Techniques.
Damage Mechanisms there identification and explanations.
Mountboard definitions and Uses.
General Conservation Definitions and Terminology.

For full details of the subjects covered please see Guild ’s publication “Guide to Candidates, The GCF Advanced Accreditation Conservation Framing”

In addition, there will be a short hands-on workshop on the hinging of artwork using Japanese papers.

Whilst this is primarily for those interested in taking the GCF and especially the Advanced Accreditation it is open to all who have an interest in Conservation Framing.

To book this Study Day please click on the following link.


Peter Sellers Photographs

Sarah Sellers asks Harlequin Frames to mount a number of her fathers photographs in preparation for an exhibition “Behind the Camera”she has curated to commemorate what would have been her father’s 90th birthday, as featured in this issue of Arqadia’s 4Walls magazine. Peter Sellers: Behind the Camera is an exciting opportunity to see some of the rare photographs from the iconic actor’s collection. 


To read the full article click here

Conservation of Photographs

Mal is to attend a course on 'The Conservation of Photographs' at West Dean College between 9th and 12th of November.

Photographs are a valuable historic, artistic and scientific resource made from many diverse materials and it is easy to damage them by inappropriate conservation and care. The course describes the processes and photographic materials which have been commonly used and how to recognise them. It also examines the problems caused by different processes and the appropriate methods and materials for their conservation and care. The course includes the opportunity to look at practical examples of processes and deterioration. The roles of the environment, biological deterioration, health and safety, storage and handling will also be covered.