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Rachael Linton is a New Zealand-born artist living in the UK. She works as a gilder laying pure gold leaf on frames, furniture, and fine art, as well as interior and exterior architecture. As a sole trader, under the name Tilia Gilding, she works on a commission basis restoring and creating all manner of gilt objects from her studio in Wimbledon, London. Using traditional water-gilding and oil-gilding techniques, achievements include gilding the Queen’s robing room at Westminster Palace, gilding the Cutty Sark, and teaching at the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Rachael became a gilder in 2013. During her Master’s degree in Digital Media Artistry & Design (2008), she researched the ways in which electromagnetic frequencies interact with the human body to produce therapeutic outcomes. Since gold, silver, and copper conduct energy and have many therapeutic uses within the body, she began applying gold and other precious metals to her artworks and voilà, she was hired by a renowned furniture maker as a gilder.
Freelancing brings Rachael the opportunity to keep working on projects that mean something to her. As an environmentally aware and health-conscious creative, she is well known for her thought-provoking interactive art installations that explore the alchemical balance between man and matter using pure gold, light, and sound resonance.
A visionary at heart, Rachael contributes to the art world with lustre, uniting history with the present and art with science. She is fascinated by watching what happens when we allow time and space for nature to do its magic, allowing patina and decay to seed into objects which we consider valuable and precious.
Francis is a calligrapher, fontographer, sign artist, gilder, and professor emeritus of physics and history of science at the State University College at Buffalo, NY. Awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s and President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Founded Signs of Gold, Inc. in 1994
to create the finest, most elegant, unrivaled, entirely hand crafted, gold leafed, wood signage
that are works of art, not just signs. He has won ten national first place awards from the United States Sign Council Design competition, as well as the International Sign Association contests. Author of 21 articles on gilding and hand carved sign artistry in SignCraft magazine, SignBusiness, Signs of the Times, and WoodCarvers Illustrated. Francis is the recipient of the “Innovators & Influencers Award” presented by Sign & Digital Graphics trade journal in recognition of those “who have changed for the better the way our industry conducts business.” Francis’s lifelong fascination with calligraphy and lettering as artform has led him to design five original digital typeface fonts which are commercially available on the Web.
Working both with traditional & non traditional gilding methods ranging from modern and reproduction to conservation and restoration of objects, frames & furniture. Restoration, Frames, Fine Artist, Exterior Gilding, Educator, Furniture, Freelance, Architecture. Product consultation and teaching services are also available
Naomi Geller Lipsky received her PhD in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and enjoyed a satisfying career in research for many years. At the same time, she continued to develop her skills in the fine and decorative arts. When these latter interests finally became more compelling, she made the decision to retire from science and become a full-time decorative artist. She presently serves as President of the Society of Gilders.
She is best known for her work with quilling, an antique art in which paper strips are shaped and applied as ornaments, but she works in other media as well. Many of her pieces incorporate gold leaf. Her main body of work consists of Judaic ritual art and liturgical illustrations. She creates originals as well as limited edition lithographs, and she completes her artistic vision by doing all of her own matting and framing. Naomi has earned her accreditation from the Quilling Guild, and is a member of that organization. Her award-winning work has been exhibited in museums and galleries, and featured in books and other publications.
Naomi is a long-term member of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, and founded its first Baltimore chapter. She also belongs to the American Guild of Judaic Art, and the North American Quilling Guild. In addition to creating artwork, Naomi is a graduate of the Master Seamstress Program at the University of Rhode Island.