Meet The Maker: Petri Prints

Tell us a bit about yourselves – who’s behind Petri Prints?

We’re Ant and Rosie – a husband and wife-run business based in London. We started the business in 2020 from our home in south London. We still work from there, but are looking to branch out and find a studio in the not-too-distant future.

What do you love most about what you do?

Ah, that’s hard to choose! Quite a large amount of our orders are from returning customers which means so much to us as we know it’s because they’ve loved what we’ve framed for them before. But we also really enjoy going on the journey with our bespoke commission clients. Art can hold so much symbolism and meaning for people. It’s therefore really special to source something that holds great significance for a client, and frame it in a very personal and purposeful way. And lastly, seeing photos of our artwork in people’s homes is always brilliant. It makes all the hard work worthwhile and it’s incredible to see how much balance and impact artwork can bring to a room scheme.

Where do you source your artwork?

We work with dealers all over the world, and find pieces at auction houses, markets, fairs and antique shops. We’ve built up some great relationships with lots of people who have amazing pieces, and often come across the more unique prints when we allow ourselves to go down a rabbit hole.

What are your favourite prints at Kin House?

We loved the striped Neapolitan sellers we did. It was a bit of a labour of love, but we think they look so impactful on the wall and we get lots of people asking for something similar! Generally though, we think the art was chosen really well in conjunction with Barlow and Barlow. All the pieces really suit the aesthetic of the rooms.

What’s your process? How do you choose a mount or frame to create impact?

Rosie might have an instinctive feeling for a framing direction, but would usually consider three things: the print itself, the space it may hang in and a style we might want to emulate. She definitely uses framing samples, but might use scrap paper to determine sizes and sometimes finds it helpful to create a digital mock-up. Rosie really values having creative headspace (which can be hard when running a busy small business) but often gets ideas when in the bath, on a walk or in the middle of the night!

Where did the name come from?

Rosie has a science background so our collections originally started with an emphasis on science, nature and history. The ‘Petri’ part stems from petri dishes. We’ve completely broadened the scope of what we do but Rosie is always pushing for more science-themed prints!

Describe Petri Prints in three words?

Making walls beautiful!

Instagram @petri_prints

Website petriprints.com

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