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December 2017: Wren's Nest
This gorgeous piece, made of wasp's nest paper, horsehair and dried leaves, was created for our Small Works Show, but the artist loved it so much that she decided to custom frame it for a dear friend.
We placed it in a floater frame, and enclosed that in a shadowbox frame, to showcase and protect this delicate artwork.
November 2017: Happy Trails!
This month we had fun designing and framing a collection of memories from an epic hike in Alaska and Canada.
The hiker travelled the Chilkoot Trail, the 33-mile trail used by prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush. We used a trail map as the background layer and attached souvenirs from the trip to create a keepsake collage of this memorable experience.
October 2017: Hanging onto a Memory
This sweet little jumper was tucked away for years, waiting patiently to be re-discovered.
Our customer shared an adorable story of a mischievous little girl locking her mom out of the house in this very outfit. We selected a frame that was nearly perfect... all it needed was a little customization with a bit more purple. We printed a photo of the little girl and her tiny partner in crime and put it in a tiny frame -- a perfect addition to the shadowbox. We love to help our customers preserve these precious memories.
September 2017: Vintage Chinese Skirts!
A new customer brought these two wonderful Chinese silk skirts she had recently discovered in her parent's estate.
What fun we had framing these in two identical shadowbox frames! We carefully stitched them down to a linen background stretched over a strainer, carefully making sure to stitch each individual tassel (twenty-six in total) in three spots to ensure the static charge of the acrylic did not pull the tassels forward. The final pieces are show-stopping! Each framed skirt measures 40x58" and they now hang side by side.
August 2017: Heavy Duty Framing!
This project had us mounting and framing a painting on stone!
Our customer plans to hang this piece in a three-season porch so it was important our design did not include paper or other potentially moisture sensitive materials. We attached the stone to a custom painted piece of birch plywood using formed rods (heavy gauge wire that we encased in shrink wrap plastic). We threaded the rods through the plywood and coroplast and secured them on the back. Wood spacers set the painted stone back in the frame, a Larson Juhl dark cherry colored wood to compliment the painted design. A piece perfect for any season!
July 2017: A Frame for Gronk!
An autographed jersey from Rob Gronkowski, multiple record-holding tight end for the New England Patriots.
Believe it or not, framing jerseys is an art! It takes time and skill and years of experience to frame a jersey well! We like to cut a form made of mat board to fill out the jersey and give a smooth flat appearance. Then we carefully stitch the jersey down using the green tool pictured. This tool puts a strong plastic tie into the board and holds the jersey firmly in place. We then cut a mat and float the mat up to hold the glass away from the jersey. This one turned out great! Go Red Sox (LOL)
June 2017: Encapsulated Greenback
When we're challenged with two-sided frame projects, often the safest and most archival approach is encapsulation in mylar, so the piece "floats" instead of using an adhesive or stitching that could affect the value. This also ensures that the entire piece can be viewed from both sides. For this old banknote, we used a double linen mat and museum glass, finished off with an antiqued frame.
This twenty-dollar banknote was issued in 1908 by the The Union National Bank of Muncie. Interesting trivia: The first "greenbacks" were produced on 1861 to finance the Civil War; and all US currency issued since 1861 is still valid and redeemable at face value. We think this particular note is priceless.
May 2017: Two frames are better than one!
Sometimes a painting needs more than just a single tone or style. We combined these two lovely frames to compliment this fantastic painting brought in by a wonderful longtime customer.
The frames perfectly suit this English landscape, "The Pulk, Norfolk," by British Post-Impressionist painter Edward Seago (1910-1974). Seago was a favorite of the royal family, who were avid collectors of his work. His work is still highly-valued today in the UK. Another interesting aspect of this piece is the old label on the back from Colnaghi in London, which is the oldest commercial art gallery in the world.
April 2017: Snapshots of a Journey to America
This month we turned a small flip book of of silver gelatin photos of a courageous woman's journey to America in the 1950s into a beautiful display for her daughter's wall.
After carefully dismantling the booklet, we laid out the photos of the traveler's journey from Denmark, to England, aboard the RMS Queen Elizabeth, across the Atlantic Ocean, to New York City. Using our favorite piece of equipment, our computerized mat cutter, we cut sixteen precise openings and carefully installed each snapshot. We kept the holes in the photos visible as a reminder of the original booklet format. For a classic vintage look, we finished it off with a beaded silver frame.
March 2017: Omakase Raccoon Band
For his Miniature Menagerie show in our gallery, artist David Hyde Costello trusted us to choose the framing for over thirty pieces! Each small watercolor was framed using our Omakase service.
Omakase translates roughly to "I'll leave it to you" in Japanese. We offer this service to customers with projects small enough to benefit from our creative expertise and the fantastic array of scrap materials we have here in the shop. This piece is framed with all scrap materials -- not a single item was specifically ordered for this, and it looks fantastic!
Learn more about our Omakase offerings and come check out David's show all this month!
February 2017: Tiny Avocado Pit Paintings
We see some fantastically creative art in our shop! We can now add tiny avocado pit paintings to the list of unusual items we have framed.
We mounted these sweet miniatures onto an avocado green background with a raised textured double mat, and installed into a rustic two-tone frame. To get a closer look on all that awesome detail, we attached a magnifying glass to the side of the frame. A truly one-of-a-kind project!
January 2017: Sentimental Snake!
This month we were busy framing holiday gifts. One extra-long and special gift was a fun challenge!
Measuring in at just over 7 feet, this 20-year-old python skin took three framers and many hours of stitching to frame up. We laid it on a dark brown cotton fabric, stitched it in down with over 100 stitches and put it in a burly frame to complement the snake's awesome patterns. So tall and so fun to frame!