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Print Studio A-Z: H is for Hobbies

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9 June 2017

We're now on letter 'H' of our Print Studio A-Z and we've gone for 'H is for Hobbies'. Many of the people who use our Print Studio are working artists, but many also come along and create art as a hobby - as an enjoyable way to spend some time in a creative environment. Our beginner classes can also be pathways to new hobbies, and some of the techniques we teach can be carried on at home with only a minimal amount of equipment. We caught up with David Kirk who recently retired and took part in the Mounting and Framing course in our Print Studio to hear about his experience, and his new hobby... 

Hello David! Thanks for chatting to us. Can you tell us the steps that you got taught in the Mounting and Framing course?

a) Making the mount

b) Making the frame

c) Cutting the glass

d) Assembling the frame

e) Finishing

Was the course what you were expecting? What (if anything) surprised you?

"Not wanting to buy new equipment I purchased the majority of stuff needed via Ebay."

I was given the course as a Christmas present and was totally open minded about what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was - under supervision - to frame my Joan Eardley print. I took the attitude that it is one thing to work under supervision, however without the correct equipment and work space, it would be very difficult to even attempt to carry out framing for the first time on my own.

We hear you enjoyed learning about mounting and framing so much that you've continued to do some more framing at home, can you tell us a bit more about this?

Recently retired - I have more than enough spare time on my hands and needing a hobby I decided to embrace the art of framing, offering to frame - for friends and family - those family snaps and posters we all have, while converting my garage into more of a workshop. I have built a sizeable work table, bought all the main capital equipment needed such as a Mitre Saw, Corner clamp set, Mount cutter, clamps, and staple press.

Not wanting to buy new equipment I purchased the majority of stuff needed via Ebay, including a pack of mount board seconds - a  smart investment along with cheap framing, not wishing to "cut my teeth" on premier products...a point proven, as it has taken three attempts to make a frame that the course tutor would approve of!

"It has taken three attempts to make a frame that the course tutor would approve of! ."

What would your piece of advice be for other people who were thinking about doing a Print Studio course but weren't quite sure whether it was for them?

DCA offer a vast range of courses - hosted by professionals. What better way to try and diversify into a new hobby or indeed a new career? You can try anything once in life and know if it's for you or not... My advice is to always try it..if you don't like it then at least you can say with conviction - "well I tried it and it wasn't for me..."  

This course has stimulated me as I move into retirement. I look forward to pursuing a new hobby, thanking you DCA.

"I look forward to pursuing a new hobby, thanking you DCA."

Thanks David! We're glad you enjoyed the course and have gained a new hobby from it to enjoy in your retirement! Our next Mounting and Framing course that begins in August is already sold out, but have a read of our Get Creative guide if you're interested in finding yourself, or someone you know, a potential new hobby!

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