Michelle — Owner, Framer since 1994

Michelle

1. If I were a frame, I would be...
Structurally strong, simple and ready to hang on to whatever art I need to enhance.

2. The thing I like best about framing...
that it's not just about the frame. Frames enhance but they do so much more. They protect art work, they tell the viewer where to start, they support all that they contain. I also like using a mitre saw everyday. Thats pretty cool too.

3. On my days off I can be found...
What is this “days off” you speak of?

4. Hope and Feathers is all about...
Working together to find the best solution to your framing challenges. After 25 years I find joy everyday in helping someone find the right frame.

5. My favorite most memorable framing project...
The first shadowbox I ever built, my sister's wedding bouquet. The flowers have faded but the shadowbox still looks amazing!

Lisa — Framer since 1994

Lisa

1. If I were a frame, I would be...
A shadowbox frame, because I'm full of memories. And I'm deep, baby, real deep.

2. The thing I like best about framing...
Seeing the amazing artwork that comes into the shop daily. I love collaborating with customers during the design process, then, with my own hands, making their vision into reality.

3. On my days off I can be found...
Obsessing over my flower gardens or hiking through the woods with my spoiled little dog.

4. Hope & Feathers is all about...
Making sure every customer has a great experience when they walk into the shop. Even after more than 15 years in this profession, I genuinely love helping customers choose mats and frames that enhance and protect their art.

5. My favorite/most memorable framing project:
My grandfather served in Japan during WWII and had a drawer full of medals and mementos. I designed a shadowbox that included his medals, dog tags, photos, and a Western Union telegram he received in Nagasaki informing him that his wife had a baby, my mom!

Melissa — Printer, Photographer, Framer since 2002

Melissa

1. If I were a print, I would be…    
A hand colored photograph. Traditional and unique all at once.

2. The thing I like best about framing and printing…     
Each project captures a memory. I love getting the opportunity to properly document an intimate moment in time.

3. On my days off I can be found…
Reading, traveling, exploring with my camera, writing, or cycling.

4. Hope and Feathers is all about…    
Providing excellent service to a supportive artistic community.

5. My favorite/most memorable project… 
A double-sided standing frame for a greeting card. The card was especially sentimental to the customer so we chose a design that would really stand out. The finished product came out great and more importantly the customer was quite pleased with a one-of-a-kind frame design.

Bronwen — Gallery Manager, Designer since 1999

1. If I were a design, I would be…
Something ornate and antique, though i do have my modern and minimalist days.

2. The thing I like best about designing...
Seeing a concept come to life.

3. On my days off I can be found…
Daydreaming, traveling (or dreaming of travel), tinkering and making things, seeking out tasty nosh and fine ales.

4. Hope and Feathers is all about…
A group of smart and talented women who love to meet and work with the people who come though our door.

5. My favorite/most memorable project…
Most memorable to me are some of the amazing pieces of art that people bring in to be framed or to show in the gallery. Some are rare, some valuable, some utterly beautiful, some strange, some sweetly adorable. Every piece has a story.

Ashley — Apprentice Framer since 2019

Ashley

1. If I were a frame, I would be…
Full of ideas... something new, but not trendy. Ready to hang amongst the older frames like I was always there.

2. The thing I like best about framing...
Creating something from scratch. It's like baking but last longer.

3. On my days off I can be found…
Playing in the woods, gardening, painting miniatures...

4. Hope and Feathers is all about…
The team effort. Everyone works together to create something special for the customer.

5. My favorite/most memorable framing project…
Give me a minute, I just got here! So far I have seen some very cool and unique projects. I can't wait until I'm ready to take it all on.

Tara Beth — Framer since 1995

Tara Beth

1. If I were a frame, I would be…
An antique carved and gilded oval frame with bubble glass to stir up thoughts, encourage conversation about my uniqueness, and represent my old soul...

2. The thing I like best about framing...
That I can beautify any piece of art by using my hands to apply the precision and technical perfection that I have acquired over the years and developed personally as an artist.

3. On my days off I can be found…
Hand-sewing silk and velvet pinwheels for quilting or designing calligraffiti words and symbols.

4. Hope and Feathers is all about…
Helping customers find vessels for their art that best suit their aesthetic preferences, and applying necessary techniques to preserve and conserve.

5. My favorite/most memorable framing project…
A series of vellum pieces floated in shadowboxes. The hinges were made of whisper-thin mulberry paper that I carefully attached with a pH-neutral adhesive so the hinges wouldn't be seen through the transparent vellum. It was a long process and I loved it.

Gracie — Dog, Cookie-eater since 2013

hound dog

1. If I were a frame ...
I would be the prettiest frame with little tufts on each corner.

2. The thing I like best about hanging out in the shop...
Spending time with my favorite people, the Hope and Feathers team! I also like the mailman, because he gives me cookies.

3. On my days off I can be found...
Laying on the couch or playing with my friends at Doggie Daycare.

4. Hope & Feathers is all about...
Eating lunch and going for walks around town.

Jaana — Plant Guru, Art Appreciator since 2015

Jaana

1. If I were a frame ...
I would be purple and sparkly and a little bit sarcastic.

2. The thing I like best about hanging out in the shop...
Keeping the green things alive and the people sane... I also like taping things and tall step stools.

3. On my days off I can be found...
At my real job and in my garden keeping green things alive.

4. Hope & Feathers is all about...
Beautiful art and frames and people.