Promoting the education of gold leafing and the gilding arts
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It started with an idea listed in a chapter of business ideas in a how-to-start-a-business book-learn how to gild with gold leaf. I had worked several years in retail custom framing primarily working in production cutting mats, mounting and framing art. The high-end 22kt gold leaf frames piqued my fascination. I knew nothing of how gold leaf was put on nor had I ever seen a sheet of gold leaf, but the seed was planted. I wanted to work with this beautiful medium.
An opportunity serendipitously came my way after being laid off. One day after two months of job hunting, I opened the want ad section in the Chicago Tribune-an ad for a company looking for a gilder or the right candidate to willing to learn. I called the phone number and learned the company was world renowned harp manufacturer Lyon&Healy Harps. They hired me and I learned how to gild harps in genuine gold leaf. It changed my life. I eventually ventured into self-employment specializing in restoring antique gold harps. Then I began writing about gilding and teaching. The experience has been surprisingly gratifying. The gilding arts has been my passion for over 25 years. I feel proud and grateful working with this medium.
Elizabeth Holt is a freelance gilder and restorer of gilded objects located in New Orleans, Louisiana. She specializes in restoring antique picture frames. As recipient of the 2007 Watin Gilding Prize, an exchange sponsored by the French-American Cultural Foundation and the Society of Gilders, Elizabeth enjoyed a three-month internship learning centuries-old water gilding recipes and techniques with Atelier Maury in Paris, France.
While employed by a local art restoration company, she accrued over 10 years training and experience in both water and oil gilding restoration. During the past two years as a freelance gilder, Elizabeth has worked with antique dealers, historical collections, museums, galleries, and private collectors.
Elizabeth Holt joined the Society of Gilders in 2005, and is currently transitioning to be the Education Chair. She can be contacted via email at LaDoreuse@gmail.com, or visit her “La Doreuse” Facebook page.
Museum Quality Conservation of Period Frames since 1989, including Frame Surveys & On-site Treatment. Professional Associate American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. We specialize in gilded surfaces and treat everything from frames and mirrors of sentimental value to the finest pieces of our country’s cultural heritage. Visit: http://www.harvardart.com
Designs and Signs has been designing and manufacturing signs in the same location for 35 years. We speciaizing in custom signs, large mural painting and gilding, (Glass, Architectural,Exterior and interior).
An award winning studio with prestigious architectural gilding projects across the U. S. and overseas, including the Georgia State Capitol, The Washington Monument and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
Decorative artist with thirty-five year’s experience. Offers gilding and fine/decorative art techniques for interior architecture and furniture. Restoration of painted finishes, frames and art objects. Architectural historic restoration of special interest. Fine artist.
By trade I am a gilder, frame maker, and gilded object conservator.
In my personal creative outlets I often incorporate the skills of my trade into the artwork I produce. I work in analog, alternative, and pinhole photography. And I work in egg tempera and carved and gilded surfaces.
Gilded surfaces were traditionally used to attract available light in pre-electricity times. Used to adorn picture frames, burnished gold leaf would bring any available light in to illuminate the artwork it housed.
In my work, I use gilded surfaces to create reflective surfaces. I have been exploring the use of reflective surfaces in abstract creations to attract light and to reflect pattern and texture to the viewer to create illusions