'Too good to be true', Post War Prefab, Wisbech 1993

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Collection Brief : Prefab came about as an offshoot of 'A View of the Fens Car with Wings'. In 1993 I made a number of images of post war prefabricated houses in Chatteris in Cambridgeshire. To my surprise when I returned a few months later to hopefully get more intimate interior pictures, they had been modernised in such a way they no longer looked like their former selves. I decided to contact Fenland District Council to start a collaborative project to record the remaining 'Prefabs' in the area before they were refurbished. This took me to Wisbech where a small row of prefabs still remained in their original form. One house stuck out for me, 'Number 36', the house of Mrs Swan, a widow who had lived in that house since it was built just after WWII. The house had been beautifully looked after and remained in its original state. In some ways the house was perfect, too good to be true. But soon everything was to be ripped out and replaced with new. Beautiful steel cupboards were replaced with Formica and chipboard, domestic enamel were replaced with plastic. Mrs Swan stayed in the house as it was rebuilt around her, as if she was being entombed in a time warp. 

Product Description : These pieces of art are Silver C-Prints hand printed in the artists own Cambridge based Darkrooms. The print is dry-mounted to aluminium and they are presented in museum quality archival window mounts. We have sourced the best materials to produce these and because we do all of this in house we are able to pass on a great price to you the client meaning you have a fantastic fine art piece without breaking the bank. Each Piece has an overall edition of 150 across different sizes so if you don't see the right size or price for you get in touch as it's likely that we can work to your specifications.

Framing Description : Our Frames are hand-made in the UK by Ware Frames. We offer box frames which have depth to suit the size of the picture, the piece set back from the glass. Our black frames are made from Oak and our White Frames are made from Beech. If you would like your piece framed in another way we are happy to refer you to Ware frames or if you would like a 'frameless' piece, get in touch to enquire about our special edition under Liquid Gloss Resin.

 


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Conventionally all our framed work is dry-mounted onto aluminium. This ensures a very flat image surface in the short and the long term. The prints are matted (window mounted) using a museum quality 100% cotton rag board especially manufactured to be compatible with the C-type archival Kodak photographic paper Richard uses. He makes the prints in his own dark room. The print sizes are taken from traditional photographic paper sizes. Traditionally with photographic prints they are signed and numbered on the back, they can be signed on the front of the mount by request.

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