Our client recently brought in a snooker waistcoat to gift to his son, Daniel. The waistcoat was worn by Daniel during his first season as a competitive junior player, so it held a lot of sentimental value. Our client asked us to make the waistcoat look really special when framing it, and that’s exactly what we did.
To mimic the felt on a snooker table, we used a green suedette mount for the design. We stitched the waistcoat to the backmount and floated a green suedette board on top with a blue suedette accent which echoed the lining of the waistcoat. To finish it off, we used a deep, matt black frame. We’re thrilled that our client chose to use specialist anti-reflective glass, which makes everything pop.
When our client came in to collect the framed waistcoat, he asked about the possibility of sponsoring Daniel for the 2023-24 season. We thought it was an excellent idea and agreed to sponsor him. A few weeks later, our client popped in with Daniel who was sporting his brand new Ian Kenny Framing branded shirt. You can read Daniel’s story (so far) below.
Daniel has been playing snooker now for a year and a half and his journey started when his much loved uncle Rob passed away in his early 40’s. His uncle was a brilliant snooker player who lived in Yorkshire. After Uncle Rob passed away, Daniel’s Gran and Grandad decided to move to Scotland to be closer to their grandchildren.
Daniel, his big brother Jamie and his Dad discussed how they could help their Grandad settle in Scotland. Like their uncle Rob, he also had a passion for snooker, so a trip to John Higgins’ old stomping ground, Wishaw Masters Snooker Club, seemed like a good idea.
This was the first time that Daniel had picked up a snooker cue and he instantly loved the game. Daniel was soon playing at the club five times a week. His skill caught the eye of ex-professional snooker player Jim Donnelly, who is now Daniel’s coach.
In his first season, Daniel won two plates and was selected to represent Scotland under-16s at the home internationals in Leeds. He has achieved his success to date playing with his uncle’s cue. Playing for Scotland in Yorkshire was very emotional and included a trip to see his uncle’s memorial.
As well as his regular training sessions, Daniel and his Grandad have weekly visits together to Wishaw Masters Snooker Club. That has become a special time for both of them.
This project was completed to Fine Art Trade Guild Level 2 standard, and featured techniques from the following GCF Advanced modules:
- Textile Framing
- Conservation Framing
- Mount Design and Function