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October 2020: No Project is Too Big
We love the challenge of framing large and unusual things! We just framed this 8' antique panorama map of London from 1845. This cloth-backed map had been rolled up on a wood scroll for over 100 years.
A custom hand-wrapped linen mat and a solid dark cherry frame was special ordered, and we attached the frame to a custom aluminum mounting panel (made by our friends at Small Corp in Greenfield) - a lightweight and strong support for this long frame.
August 2020: Vote!
We've been admiring Jess Marsh Wissemann's exquisite hand lettering for a while, so we were delighted to frame a new project for her. She brought in this gorgeous (and timely) piece, reverse-painted on glass, with ideas for display and we found the perfect frame and silk backing mat to complement her art.
Jess explains: "This hand-lettered piece was created for the PreVinylette Suffragette Centennial exhibition showcasing women sign-painters at the Ford Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The lettering was inspired by ornate suffragette-era typography and was hand-drawn and gilded in reverse onto a glass panel using the traditional method of water-gilding with a gelatine size and authentic 23k gold leaf. The water-gilded outlines have an exquisite mirror finish, contrasted with matte-finish centers that were achieved by applying 23k gold leaf and 16k pale gold leaf with an oil size. The artist chose a deep gold gesso frame that allows the glass to float over a green silk backing. The green and gold palette are a subtle reference to another iteration of the design, which is planted in an 8-acre cornfield at Mike's Maze in Sunderland. Aerial images of the maze will soon be revealed at mikesmaze.com."
Learn more about Jess and her work at: hiredhandsigns.com
July 2020: Frame those puzzles
We love this puzzle of "Country Dog Gentlemen" by 20th century funk artist Roy De Forest!
You spent a lot of time putting that epic jigsaw puzzle together, wouldn't you like to preserve all that hard work? We got you. Frame your favorite pandemic puzzle: $175 for up to 22x28" or $200 for up to 24x36". Includes your choice of any of our stock frames, puzzle glue, spacers, and UV glass.
March 2020: Hello Dolly!
This was a surprise birthday gift for a customer's wife who is a huge Dolly Parton fan - it's her favorite Dolly photo!
The photo was in a concert tour program which was very glossy (and we didn't want to take apart a signed tour program), so we scanned it and made an archival print. We framed the print with a double mat and dark bronzed wood frame with a decorative fillet to compliment the dark sepia tones of the photo. It was finished with museum glass to protect this new treasured memento.
February 2020: Antique English Watch Sampler
A local antique dealer frequently brings us the most interesting things to frame. Recently he brought in this rare linen English pocket watch sampler with its watch paper, and a sweet circular frame he'd found that was a perfect fit for this tiny piece. We carefully conservation mounted the sampler to a mat with two little stitches, fit the frame with museum glass, and preserved the watch paper in mylar and attached it to back of the frame. (1" caramel for scale)
Our customer explained: One of the most elusive of all 19th century needlework pieces are Watch Samplers, small, round stitched mementos, usually made by a wife or daughter to be kept inside the case of a gentleman’s pocket watch. They are usually between 1 ¾” and 2 ¼” in diameter and sometimes have simple decorations, sometimes initials and on rare occasions, a full name or motto (“Jesus Wept” was a favorite — the shortest verse in the Bible), or a date. As you can well imagine, very few have survived. When I got this watch sampler, it came with a watch paper with hard-to-decipher writing (dated 1847) on the back. Watch papers were kept inside a pocket watch to protect the glass. Most were advertisements for a watch maker.
January 2020: Another great year!
Another year of framing amazing and interesting things, and with love, as always
Check out some of the amazing framing projects we've done over the past year!