Whooopee I’m a winner!!!

On Saturday, as a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild, I attended the Art & Framing Industry Annual Awards and Dinner in Stratford Upon Avon. The venue was the Crown Plaza Hotel where the morning was taken up attending drop in workshops, sharing and learning framing techniques and machine maintenance. It was great to meet up with other framers in the Guild who I’m gradually getting to know. We returned to the hotel in the evening for the main event with a sit down meal and the annual awards. This year I had entered a frame in the framing challenge based on the theme “Gin.”

I was overwhelmed not only to win the framing challenge, voted for by a panel of judges at the Guild’s offices in London but also the Best in Show voted by the public who attended the exhibition at the hotel. I was delighted to collect a framed piece and a glass plaque decorated and engraved which I will proudly display in my workshop.

It also came as a surprise but I was happy to say yes to a request to serve on the Framing Standards and Qualifications Committee. This involves trips to the Guild Office in London and regular Skype sessions with the other members of the committee. It’ll involve me more with a great bunch of people working hard to keep the Guild going for all its members.