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Abstract Framing

After many complex specialty orders, framing an oversize original piece of art can look deceptively simple. Artist Ian Schmidt (sorrowsandbones.tumblr.com) created this stunning piece for our clients who smartly framed it with a preservation savvy, classic appeal.

The paper had some wear and micro-tears, with a lot of bubbling from the density of brushstrokes. It required careful handling and special mounting to flatten it out. We decided the piece didn't need the extra design element of a mat to extend or formalize it, but instead maintained the free flowing form of the original art.

We used acrylic on the piece in lieu of glass for safety reasons (acrylic is much lighter than glass on the wall and won't shatter if it falls). Also, acrylic can sit directly on top of the paint medium without harming it in most cases.

Completed with a simple matte black frame, this piece will make an eye-catching statement in any home. Gorgeous, no?

Interior shot by: pufikhomes.com

 

Pin Game on Point

Enamel pins, patches and flair have made such a massive comeback that walking down the street can be a major 80's throwback. This framing customer was way ahead of the trend with his ultimate collection of enamel pins dating back years!

The consultation process for a piece like this can be extensive. Collaborating and laying out two well-balanced, vertical pieces with appropriate spacing and color between each pin is essential. When finally the arrangement is settled, we take photographs to capture and recreate placement exactly.

We chose a gray matboard to contrast the pins and used a double mat to strengthen any angular qualities in the piece. After the mat is cut, we punctured each pin through the backing so they could lay perfectly flat. 

A classic matte black frame finishes off the look beautifully. The end result is a colorful masterpiece, with subdued tones keepin' it classy. Anyone have a pin collection that could contend with this one? Didn't think so. #pingame

Fifteen Minutes of "Frame"

Custom framing often intersects with various types of signed memorabilia. Album covers in particular are a frequent object of admiration, and should be put on display! This mint-condition vinyl from The Velvet Underground and Nico is signed by Lou Reed, so our customers wanted a memorable, sleek design to emphasize it.

Here you can see the album detail front and back:

Instead of pulling inspiration from the bright tones in this piece, we decided to keep the album our main focus with a black mat and frame. A bit specialty, the mat has a leathery texture and sheen that reflects light. 

The frame is a black, lacquer finish shadowbox style with slightly rounded edges. We used black 1/4" spacers to create the set-back look and keep the glass from touching the album's cover.

Now that it is protected from the elements and suuuuuper polished, this framed album will live long past its proverbial fifteen minutes of fame.