Mal came to framing late in life which rapidly turned into his
third career. After leaving school he became an apprentice draughtsman before
gaining a degree in mechanical engineering; he then served 31 years as a
navigator in the Royal Air Force.
On retirement he turned his attention to his hobby of many years, picture
framing; starting Harlequin Frames in 2000. Mal gained his GCF in May
then took and passed the Textile Advanced Accreditation in May 2006 and the
Conservation Framing Advanced Accreditation in August 2011.
Mal has framed a wide variety of items including watercolours, oils,
photographs, medals, object/memorabilia (including a guitar signed by
Mal has been a committed member of the Fine Art Trade Guild for a number of
years and strongly believes that the Guild and the GCF scheme is essential for
promoting and improving standards within the framing industry. He is the
of the Guild's Framers Committee and was elected to the 'Court of the Guild' in
He is in
regular demand to give talks and seminars to various organisations and
events. he is a columnist for Picture Business and continues to have
articles published in ABT. Mal was one of the main contributors to the
Fine Art Trade Guild's recent publication 'framing and presenting textile art'.
As a separate area of expertise,
Mal has for a number of years demonstrated, at the Spring Fair, the Valiani
range of CMC's and considers that Valiani's interchangeable head system has
been instrumental in placing CMC's high on the desirable list of equipment for
the bespoke picture framer.
Mal is also a member of a panel of experts answering framing questions
posed by customers of Arqadia, the UK's leading supplier of moulding, mount
board and framing accessories.
Mal has been successful in turning a one time hobby into a thriving small
business; always looking to provide that extra dimension he has recently
purchased a wide format printer in order to provide a 'one stop shop' for
artists and photographers.
Framing takes up most of his time but in addition, he enjoys watching Rugby
Union, playing bridge and in what little time is left going to his allotment
with his two spaniels.