Many customers already have a firm idea about that which they wish to achieve, already know colours, have references and an ability to convey this information in a way as to make a project run seamlessly. Other ideas may need further development and this is where customers and specialists have an opportunity to work together in creating a purposeful brief for a job that turns those initial thoughts into the best of realities. Of course, conversation is the oldest method of sharing information and with the addition of sketchbooks, samples and reference material it is possible to define works through initial meetings and onto a concise plan of works.

Decorative Sampling

Some projects are about colour and colour mixes with the client, hence the sample is an interactive process which is resolved on site to a finish, quality and scale that the client can appreciate and approve.

Complex projects require samples to be made in the studio for later presentation, usually these are carried out on boards of varying sizes until a finished product is achieved. The artist assembles the information learnt at the previous brief meeting and using skills and imagination produces small section versions representing the decorative scheme.

Design and artwork

For more complex schemes where the greater emphasis is on artworks, colour relationships and architectural accuracy, room visuals are required. At Croxford and Saunders we produce hand done visuals using pencil, pen and wash, gouache and chalks to the highest quality. An older approach, the use of the computer software is kept to where it is aesthetically beneficial, the point being to retain the artistic integrity and inspiration that handmade renderings achieve in conveying our handmade product.

Templating and installation

Once areas are accurately measured a ‘map’ of the works is produced. Then work can start at our studios, we tend to use modern polymer canvas for larger areas as it is dimensionally stable when fitting, thereby overcoming many of the problems encountered when sizing and stretching traditional canvas. Croxford and Saunders can oversee installation or provide supply only, dependant upon client wishes.