Restoration Framing- The Pikes Banner Story

Restoration Framing- The Pikes Banner Story

10th March, 2015

Earlier this year, our friends at Pikes Wines in Clare South Australia brought in this beautiful old banner for restoration framing.

Pikes Wines hold a prominent place in South Australia's History, the family business has been passed down through generations since 1886.

Originally established in Oakbank, the business was named Pike & Co and was known then for its quality beer, soft drinks and cordials. This banner was recently found in the back of an old truck purchased from a collector in Oakbank. From what we know already about the Pikes' timeline we have deducted that the age of the banner dates back to the 1920's!       

As you can imagine, the banner is extremely fragile. It displayed elements of once being involved in a fire. It's edges were torn and flaky, and the entire banner very crumpled. Our picture framers handled this article with utmost care as they put their restoration framing techniques to play. To ensure the banner does not deteriorate any further- it was ironed out, pulled taught and spot-stitched down to acid free mount boards. 

The banner is "floated" in the frame to show off the edges, maintaining the character of the piece. The frame is finished with an acrylic front to protect the banner from dust and insects. The acrylic is shatterproof and lightweight making this large piece easier to hang.

Spanning over 2 metres this framing job is a real statement piece. Doesn't it look fabulous!


Misspent Youth Exhibition- Scott Hicks

Misspent Youth Exhibition- Scott Hicks

23rd February, 2015

We were recently lucky enough to frame the artwork featured in acclaimed film director Scott Hicks' latest exhibition "Misspent Youth".

The exhibition is a photographic journey capturing the essence of the music in the 70's and 80's. The exhibition runs from 20th Feb to 28th March 2015 at Hill Smith Gallery and features a number of iconic musicians including David Bowie, Michael Hutchence and many more.

This is a must see exhibiiton for music and photography lovers alike!

 See Hill Smith Gallery website for more details about the exhibition:


Designer Profile- True Colours Consulting

Designer Profile- True Colours Consulting

30th April, 2015

Did you know that a large number of Adelaide's Architectural firms, Interior Designers and Decorators collaborate with Smartart for art and picture framing?

Interior Designer, Jane Forte of True Colours Consulting has been working with Smartart for many years to deliver beautiful art solutions to her cleints' homes, offices and commercial spaces. 

Jane's keen eye for quality allows her to create elegant, well-thought-out interiors. Her passion for design has helped build her reputation for consistently delivering highly personalised solutions to her cleints needs.

Have a look at these beautiful homes! Each piece of artwork has been individually selected to both compliment and enhance the spaces.



Photographs Courtesy of Craig Arnold at She Creative