Meet The Framers
Marks and Tilt is the creation of Oliver Marks who studied Fine Art BA at Hertfordshire University and Ralph Tilt who studied Mathematics. The two came together through a chance meeting of friends many years ago and a conversation quickly erupted through interests both parties shared and a strong bond formed between the two. Being both experienced picture framers who yearned to develop their craft further and establish their own niche territory, Marks and Tilt was born in 2017.
The shop layout is over two levels. The Upper level, which houses the unique Gallery space which enables the public to view bespoke of artworks from the local art scene and The Lower level which is home to the framing workshop where all frames are made in-house.
"Working as a picture framer and installer for companies including John Jones, I developed a love for the craft of creating beautiful ways of preserving and presenting artwork. I was intrigued with finding the best materials and processes and making the best possible frame that would thrill the client. This quickly became an obsession that led to me working on frames for friends and family in my shed, achieving excellent results."
"I have always loved the craft of picture framing, helping people to get their artwork on display and using the frame as the final detail to complement the piece. It makes people happy to display and conserve their piece in a way that brings them and others joy every time it catches their eye, which is great to be a part of. Having worked at a traditional framers I was really intrigued talking to Ollie about the gallery style framing that he was involved in. Working in the world of artists and central London galleries seemed very glamorous. He has developed my style of framing into an artisan craft. There is always more to learn too as many of the techniques, such as carving and water-gilding are centuries-old traditional crafts that can take a lifetime to master."