Gilded frames are generally associated with traditional frame styles—with period frames or their reproductions. At Bark Frameworks, however, since we focus on framing works of art from Impressionism to the present, the range of gilding we practice is eclectic and varied — rarely intended to mimic an antique. Fittingly, our gilders have a wide range of experience and backgrounds. Their unique qualities and talents shine forth in the work they produce here.
One such Bark staff member, Yelena Budylin, learned gilding in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she grew up. A gilder for the past twenty years, she is also an accomplished artist — her vibrant, colorful oils paintings appear in private and public collections both in the U.S. and abroad. Recently, Yelena created two mirror frames as a personal project. They received a lot of attention from her colleagues here at Bark, both for their engaging imagery and for her unusual use of some traditional gilding techniques. Interviewing Yelena about her creations highlights the skill and invention our staff bring to their work with our clients.
Below is one of the two mirrors frame Yelena designed, and for which she did the gilding and ornament. The frame’s form is derived from Gothic architecture.