Client Showcase – DKT Artworks and their new Asagao Tiles

DKT Artworks are London-based specialists in the production of bespoke artwork as well as contemporary and traditional high-end interior finishes. The craftspeople at company boast a wide range of skills and specialities. The ethos of the company is to champion classical hand-produced arts and crafts with modern CAD and technical design. This mix of time-honoured skills and contemporary thinking has made them sought out by renowned designers. DKT Artworks work has featured in a range of prestigious projects installations – in residential, commercial and marine environments.

The depth of skills and knowledge that DKT Artworks has access to means that when it comes to a project the company can provide original and innovative solutions. Many international designers have retained DKT Artworks for projects. In the course of completing these projects DKT Artworks called upon their expertise to use the techniques of –

  • trompe l’oeil
  • gilding
  • bas-reliefs
  • paint finishes
  • polished plaster
  • verre eglomise and more!

A culmination of DKT Artworks traditional skills with technical design is their modular tile system, Asagao. Named after the Japanese Morning Glory, this floral-inspired tile system boasts a unique profile that can connect together in a range of ways. Designed by DKT Artworks artist Eoin Ryan, the shapes are modular and can be rotated many different ways to create a variety of layouts. The tiles also feature a carved inner design, adding to the organic appearance of the feature.

Once approved, these hand-carved originals had moulds taken of them. These mounds were then used to cast the product in Jesmonite. This material is versatile, resistant to damage and, importantly, compatible with gilding. Once completed the gilders at DKT Artworks gild the centre details of each tile with precious gold, making it an eye-catching focal point. As each tile is hand-gilded this inner detail can be finished in a range of different colours or shades of gold, or left plain. The choice is up to the customer, allowing for a great deal of flexibility and customisation.

To see more of DKT Artworks portfolio and to see their extremely impressive client list then visit dkt.co.uk

Renovation of the Chinese Room at the British Museum Completed by Kensington Gilders!

Kensington Gilders, a longtime customer of ours, have recently completed another prestigious project. The client they’ve added to their portfolio of high-profile and high-end work is none other than the British Museum. As part of their ongoing restoration and refurbishment of the Chinese and South Asia room they called upon Kensington Gilders for their gilding expertise. The goal of the project was to gild the large walls of the room to create a stunning backdrop for the exhibition of the collection of amazing antiquities.

The complex project took place over many months and presented several unique challenges. First, was matching the freshly gilded gold with the old gilding. For this project we supplied only the finest, superior quality 23.5ct gold transfer leaf manufactured in Italy. Matching gilding like this can prove a real challenge, particularly when the original gilding is old. The expertise of Kensington Gilders rose to the challenge and showed itself. They were able to meticulously select glazes and varnishes to apply over the leaf to match the new gilding to the old.

Another challenge was the ongoing works happening around them! Gilding is a precise craft and requires clean surfaces and conditions for the best effect. Dust and grime contaminating the gold size can lead to flawed, or even flaking gilding. Despite working amongst the ongoing renovation and other tradespeople making dust they were able to deliver a superb job. The key to this was the perseverance and will to succeed and deliver a perfect job  from all the members of the team at Kensington Gilders.

This project was overseen by Forcia, who were able to successfully coordinate the mammoth undertaking. The completion of the project was on time for its grand opening by Queen Elizabeth II and is now open to the public.

“I was extremely pleased with the service provided by Kensington Gilders. They worked very hard on a tricky site, under less than ideal conditions, but have left us with a superb end product. Their good humour and perseverance was extremely well received, and the dedication to their craft is evident in the high quality work that they produced.”

Jonathan Lubikowski – Project Manager – British Museum.

If you would like to see more of the magnificent work Kensington Gilders have done over the years or if you are interested in learning more about the company itself then you can visit their website at kensingtongilders.co.uk

Banner Photo: Benedict Johnson

 

Rachael Linton, Gilder & Decorative Artist

Rachael Linton is a talented freelance artist and Director of Sound Vision Studio (www.soundvisionstudio.co.uk), who specialises in the creation of artworks using precious metals and other mixed media.

Rachael has been a client of ours for many years and due to her extensive skill base and flexibility we are always supremely confident when recommending her work to clients. Originally from New Zealand, Rachael loves to travel all over for projects – have bag ..will travel!

In gilding terms, Rachael covers the complete skill spectrum with vast experience in water gilding, oil gilding, restoration, chinoiserie and verre eglomise.

A recent project we supplied for was the gilding of the Holy Palki that houses the Shri Guru Granth Sahib (the sacred text and teacher of Sikhism) in an active Sikh temple in Southall, London. 23.5ct Gold leaf was used for this project and the results speak for themselves.

In 2014, we supplied the leaf used for a large project that Rachael was working on, at Westminster Palace London. The work was carried out by eight conservators and gilders in the Queens Robing Room.

When not up to her eyes in gilding and restoration projects, Rachael also produces her own fine artworks which can be purchased directly from her website http://www.soundvisionstudio.co.uk/fine-art.html

1066 – A Medieval Mosaic     www.1066.co.nz

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One of Rachael’s greatest artistic achievements to date is actually a Guinness Book Record breaker – an incredible piece of work titled 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic – which is set to tour the UK in 2016 to honour the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. The tour starts in Hastings itself in with the exhibition running from August to October in the crypt of St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.  This colossal artwork is the longest steel mosaic in the world and is a complete re-creation of the Bayeux Tapestry with many new scenes painstakingly researched and added. This is a family project of combined talents with Rachael working alongside her father Michael Linton.

Michael and Rachael spent eight years researching historical and contemporary literature on every aspect of 11th century history in order to draw a truthful depiction of the events preceding the Norman conquest of England. This has led to Michael Linton becoming one of the world’s most educated historians on 11th- century medieval history.

Rachael Linton researched the design style to match the Bayeux tapestry and studied the illuminated manuscripts and iconography of the time and meticulously designed the artworks.  Michael researched the written stories and documentation of medieval records. As a period piece, it was important that the extension depict the people, events and culture accurately, while maintaining the appropriate artistic style, colour and composition of the original tapestry.

An exhibition not to be missed!

Apart from being an incredibly talented lady, Rachael is always so enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. She has a genuine hunger for new and exciting artistic challenges.

If you’re interested in retaining Rachael’s services then please contact her at – soundvisiondesign@gmail.com

Restoration of St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

One of our customers, O’Brien Brothers, have been involved with the very prestigious restoration of St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny. O’Brien Brothers have nearly a hundred years of experience in the fields of painting, decorating and restoration and have worked on both commercial and private projects. For the restoration of Kilkenny Cathedral they were involved in restoring the original decoration of the cathedral interior.

These pictures show the elaborate decoration on the ceiling of the cathedral. Due to being in continuous use for nearly two hundred years the ceilings had become blackened with soot from tallow candles. O’ Brien Brothers carefully cleaned and hand-painted the ceilings, bringing them back to their original red-brown splendour.

The ceiling also had a lot of moulded details and decorations. Each one has been gilded to a new, vibrant golden finish. All the gold used in this restoration was provided by us and quite a lot was needed to complete the whole restoration!

In addition to their decorating business O’Brien Brothers are also offering courses in marbling, graining, statue repair and painting, gilded frame repair and the restoration and repair of oil paintings. For more information on the dates of these courses, or on their other projects please visit their website at – obrienpainters.com