Client Showcase – Titian Studios – Guru Nanak Gurdwara Restoration

If you’ve visited our blog before the name Titian Studios might sound familiar to you, from one of our past blog posts, highlighting the versatile skill set of this talented company who specialise in gilding, lacquer work, painted decoration, antique furniture restoration, Verre eglomise, and conservation. 

Established in 1963, this family business has built up a wealth of experience and talent, and when it comes to unique or large projects they literally never say never! 

Rod, Rosaria, and their team, are long-time clients and friends of ours here at GLS, we’ve supplied leaf for many of their memorable projects including: the Interior gilding of the Dorchester and Sheraton Hotels in central London, the iconic Royal Albert Memorial and a very unusual request for the fashion Industry where they were asked to gild some shoes and garments for a prestigious London fashion show. A very challenging task but also very beautiful, as you can see below.

But for this post we want to shine a light on a show stopping project they completed over the past year or so, on either side of the pandemic which was challenging due to the vast scale and also the issues with continual lock downs. As usual they more than rose to the challenge.

This incredible building, the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick, in the West Midlands, is one of the oldest Gudwaras (a place where Sikhs come together for congregational worship) in the UK and has recently undergone some extensive restoration.

Titan Studios were the gilders in charge of creating the remarkable Gold Leaf finish on the domes of this beautiful Gurdwara – which can be seen for miles!

The domes were delivered to their studio in West London and some of them were enormous – they had to use a crane to get them back into their original place! It’s a good thing they have a large studio space as they soon filled their space with the many domes and mouldings that were in need of their Midas touch.

To create a mirror finish on the leaf, similar to the finish created by water gilding, before they started gilding the team used the popular Kolner Instacoll high gloss Gold size in yellow, to prep the domes and parts of other decorative mouldings for the restoration.

This quality size can be used both indoors and out. It stands up well to the test of time and has been used on many prestigious buildings all over the world.

Once the size was applied, it was time to lay the leaf and with over 1000 books of our 23.5ct Loose Gold leaf to expertly lay, the team was very busy!

The Titan Studios team never shy away from a large project, they were previously involved in the re-gild of the Royal Albert Memorial in London (shown below) this time the leaf was applied on site, you can see Rod here on top of the scaffolding – a gilder also needs a good head for heights sometimes!

We never have any hesitation in recommending the Titian Studio team for projects, over the years we’ve presented them with some challenging requests from clients and they have always delivered projects with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. We’re always excited to find out what the next project will be… 

If you are interested in seeing more of Titian Studio’s work, you can follow them on their Instagram or check out their website

You can learn more about using Kolner Instacoll in the video below.

Bland Design And His Gold Leafed House – Featured On LadBible

Bland Design is an incredible Artist, Gilder & Specialist decorator that’s bringing a fresh approach to gold leafing. With an eye for using paint, gold leaf and a range of other materials to elevate existing spaces with a creative touch.

You might recognise Daniel from this year’s final of the BBC One series Interior Design Masters, which saw him team up with Siobhan Hannah Murphy & Paul Moneypenny, to create a stunning gold leaf gilded staircase mural (photo below). 

Or he might look familiar from a recent viral video courtesy of Lad Bible – a popular social media account and online entertainment website. 

Daniel’s house is a gilder’s dream, as the Victorian property undergoes an incredible D.I.Y renovation with nearly every room getting a golden touch from the artist. From gold leaf doors to beautiful gold textured designs covering the walls, and even a golden shower – it’s no surprise that the gold leafed house caught the eyes of the team over at Lad Bible.

They recently posted a video of him gilding his entire house in gold leaf on their Instagram and Facebook accounts, putting it in front of over 48 million of their followers. 

The video currently has an impressive 13 million views on Facebook and over 2 million views on their Instagram feed. 

It’s been a big year for Daniel, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store next for him, and his D.I.Y renovation. 

If you are interested in seeing more of Daniel’s work or more of his D.I.Y renovation, you can follow him on his Instagram or check out his website

Gorgeous Interior Gilding At The Old Bakery, Corfu

 

The Kitchen of The Old BakeryThis fantastic piece of interior gilding comes to us care of Julian and Claire Butler, two talented ex-pats who are currently living in idyllic Corfu, and it shows how a splash of gold can turn an otherwise drab architectural feature into a centrepiece!

This was originally just a concrete pillar in the kitchen of a charming, converted bakery that they have turned into a holiday home  and measures nearly 3m high and over 5m across! As you can imagine it was quite the labour of love gilding it but it was definitely worth it – the pictures hardly do it justice but imagine how it must sparkle in the lush Corfu sun! Or, even better than that, you can see it for yourself by hiring The Old Bakery for a summer break in Corfu, you can find more details here – www.selfcateringcorfu.com

This project was completed in imitation gold which you can buy from us here – Imitation Gold and for more information on getting started with gilding check out our Beginners Guide To Gilding!

Customer Showcase – DKT Artworks

This week we will be focusing on DKT Artworks, an incredibly versatile, well established London based company who offer a myriad of high end finishes within the field of decorative arts.

First founded in 1979 by three arts graduates – Niki Davies, Steve Keeling and Sean Trowbridge, DKT has gone from strength to strength, developing a formidable skill base with a team of around 30 in-house staff with expertise spanning Painting & Sculpture,
Industrial design, Carving, Gilding, Restoration, Trompe L’Oeil, Textiles, Sign-writing, Specialist decoration, Graphics, Stucco, Bas relief, Paint finishes and a host of other Decorative finishes. Whatever the project DKT can offer tremendous flexibility, from working on-site to finishing projects completely in-house and ready for transportation and fitting by other contractors. They work closely with designers, architects and private individuals to ensure smooth running of the project .

DKT boasts a truly impressive worldwide client list and a vast portfolio of completed projects spanning a wide range of venues and disciplines – from painted panels featured on award-winning super-yachts to distressed finishes on the interiors of upmarket London restaurants and bars. Below we have showcased just some of the gilded decorative artwork  that DKT have completed. The pictures below are a very small part of their extensive portfolio.

Gilding and glass gilding are just one of the many decorative disciplines that DKT are masters of, below are even more examples of the work they’ve done using genuine gold and silver leaf.

To view more of DKT’s portfolio or if you need details to get in touch with them then click here to visit their website.

Can You Imagine A Cooler Set Of Wheels?

This bike mixes low key functional looks with ostentatious flair to create a truly head-turning piece of work that serves as a fantastic showcase for the hard work of the team at Untitled Motorcycles. Deep under the arches, behind the canal, within spitting distance of the markets and the MTV studios in Camden Town resides the home of Untitled Motorcycles, where Adam, Rex & Anita chop, grind, weld, rivet and wrestle old school bikes into retro-modern classic street rides.

This bike was originally put together by the team for the Bike Shed event last May who have elevated this once humble R80/7 to a masterpiece on wheels. The gold leaf finish was done by Adam himself; taking inspiration from picture frames and Chinese art he laid the 23.5ct leaf over a red undercoat – a common technique to enhance the colour of leaf, in a few places the undercoat shows through evoking the effect of weathering on ancient Chinese statues.

This bike is now Adam’s everyday ride and it’s fair to see now that he’s on a bike you simply can’t miss. This bike is a testament to the craft and quality of Untitled Motorcycles street customs, if you’re interested in riding one of your own then get in touch with them through their website. If this article has inspired you to try using gold leaf in your own projects then just remember this: this project was Adam’s first time gilding and he learned as he went along and as you can see for yourself the results are stunning. If you’ve got your own project that you’d like to add some flair to then we have a range of kits available on our website to help get you started!

It’s A New Year and A Time For New Beginnings – Introducing our new Blog and Twitter

Happy New Year to all! With this being the time of fresh starts and new beginnings we’re pleased to welcome our new blog AND our new Twitter, @GoldLeafSupply!

Our blog has been a long time in the making but now, it’s finally here! From this point forward this blog aims to provide you with all sorts of information about the world of gilding and decorative finishes – from advising of any updates on products to news on new products lines in our store, showcases of the wonderful work our customers create and all manner of other interesting bits and bobs.

As we speak glass gilding (or verre églomisé) is enjoying a renaissance and our talented clients are forever pushing the boundaries to create some of the most beautiful and really incredible finishes using many different colours of gold and silver leaf. We have many examples of the sort of work our clients produce using our products at our Client Gallery but for today we’re showcasing two talented customers and their recent work:

The beautiful golden splashback created by Emma Peascod (@emmapeascod) showcases the quality of her glass gilded pieces, the gold leaf shines like a mirror and bathes the kitchen in a reflected golden glow. The green ‘shagreen’ finish is typical of her innovative style combining traditional glass gilding techniques with classical Japanese ones learned in her time abroad there.

The three gorgeous glass gilded panels below were created by Gareth Evans and his team of talented artisans at Watergilders.com (@watergilders) – they’re masters of pushing the boundaries of just what can be done with traditional materials when it comes to verre eglomise. It’s easy to see why these cutting edge pieces are being snapped up by designers!

So we begin to start 2014 in earnest we do so with a feeling of optimism – our clients are reporting a feeling of confidence out there in the marketplace and, as ever, they keep surprising us with the beautiful things they create! So let’s start as we mean to go on and keep making nice, bright, shiny things!