We’ve (nearly) seen it all in the realm of picture framing over the last 12+ years. There have been WWII shadowboxes, children’s drawings and everything in between. We love to hear the stories behind what our clients have chosen to custom frame. And because we’ve personally tried to preserve our own family’s history through custom framing, it’s always a pleasure to do it for others. Often the projects are more than family history, they are also a part of American History.
We recently had a client bring in an American Flag she wanted to frame for her husband for Father’s Day. He had been stationed in Afghanistan and returned with the flag. We are no strangers to framing oversize art, but at a size over 5×3 feet, materials are somewhat restricted. The client chose a rustic frame from Larson Juhl to enhance the weathered state of the flag. Traditional mat board caps out at 60″x40″ and you’re sort of left with the choice of white or white, which would have made the flag appear dirty. We ultimately used the oversize white mat and customized it, wrapping it with a 100% cotton duck canvas. The canvas keeps the framing acid free and added a more appropriate color and texture to enhance the flag. To mount the flag and give it the look of floating, we hand stitched it to the custom mat. To finish the project and keep it preserved, we used TruVue Conservation Clear Acrylic Glass and an acrylic spacer to lift it off the flag.
It’s a great honor to have our clients trust us with their family heirlooms and we love that this piece will be treasured by their family for decades to come.
I’ve known the Lee-Ashley family for a couple of years now after showing Will’s artwork here at the gallery. Ironically, his wife Rachel was pregnant the first time I met her, but I didn’t know her well enough to touch her belly or force her to pose for photos. Thankfully, I do now. Will and Rachel are expecting their second child soon and decided to take a night out alone for the First Friday Santa Fe Art Walk. I really enjoy being around this couple and I knew the minute she walked through the door, in her adorable striped dress, that we needed to take just a couple of photos. So they indulged me and we spent ten minutes in the alley. You two are the best!
It’s amazing to be able to experience the first year of a child’s life as a photographer. Maternity photos offer this glimpse into the life of young couple before the mayhem begins. Newborn photos, of an often times sleeping infant, resting on just one hand of dad’s show the true fragility of a new life. My personal favorite is three months, where a vibrant little personality can be seen but mobility hasn’t come into play. Six and nine months are always a bonus, just to see how well mom and dad are doing and to continue the familiarity. It’s hard to believe this little lady with be turning one in a few short weeks. I’m looking forward to capturing the cake smash!
We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication). She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it. Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.
She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board. They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension. To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats. The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.
The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics. It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room. Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.
People often ask what we have on our walls. The simple answer is: A Lot. But the longer answer is: art, photos and objects that combined tell the story of who we were, who we are right now and what’s important to us. But we’re just as guilty as most folks, sometimes it takes a while to get something framed and up on the wall. We recently painted at home and used the opportunity to frame some things we’ve collected since opening Anthology, three years ago.
This watercolor is from a photo I took years ago of Zach and Gunnison fishing. It was then painted by a very talented friend, Seth Weber. Seth did an amazing job with this watercolor and painted to the very edge of the paper. Not wanting to lose any image, it was framed as a raised float on a Crescent mat with a second raised mat and 3/8 inch reveal. The frame is from Larson Juhl’s Lisbon Collection and finished with UV blocking glass. I love this painting even more than the photo, but it still took over a year to get it back home and hung.
Art bought on vacation, a painting your child created in high school, or even an old family photo are worth finding and preserving with custom framing. Now that the watercolor is hanging, I enjoy it everyday and it immediately takes me back to the beautiful afternoon we spent on the South Platte River.
At least once a week someone walks through the door and starts the conversation with…”it’s just a poster, but”. We get it and you don’t need to explain. Posters might not have a substantial monetary value, but their emotional value can be priceless. A favorite movie or band, the city you grew up in or an artist whose original work may be unattainable. Growing up it was a Michael Jordan Air poster for Zack, Kendra had tacked an NKOTB poster to her wall and her favorite Mucha poster remains hanging in the house 12 years after framing it. We still buy posters, especially for our 6-year-old Gunnison’s room. People bring in posters with several sets of tack holes in the corners for each time they’ve moved, clearly it’s a permanent fixture. By custom framing a prized poster, you’ll be able to dress up the fact that it’s just a poster and make it art for any room in the house.
So take the tacks out and bring in your favorite poster. Through the end of February, all poster framing is 20% off. Prices start as low as $85 for a drymount, laminate and basic custom frame. Give us a call or stop in for a quote.
We’re excited to announce the 4th annual Surface Film event showcasing top fly-fishing photography from across the country on Thursday February 6th, 2014 at 7pm. Framed prints will be available for purchase to benefit The Greenbacks work to conserve Colorado’s cold water fisheries.
Mark your calendars now and please join us for this exclusive opening party.
DRINKS | LIVE MUSIC | FRAMED
FINE ART FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY
I have a photo of my sister and I from my high school senior pictures that has been with me for countless moves. It was in a really sad frame, and needed updating. I pulled it from my dresser and set it beside my bag to bring in for re-framing. It took a couple days for me to realize I hadn’t left the house with it, and it was gone. After scouring the house, I found it on my 6-year-old’s desk. I didn’t think much of it, put it back by my purse and the following day it had vanished again! Finally (I’m kinda slow), after retrieving it for the third time, I asked why he kept putting it on his desk. “I just really love looking at you and aunt Kelly when you were young and pretty”. At least he was honest!
It reminded me of the wedding photo I have of my parents. I’ve loved that photo since I was a young girl and when my mother gave it to me I was sad to realize the glass had adhered to photo. Being a custom framer, I’ve promised myself that won’t happen to the family photos I pass down to my son.
I ultimately framed the photo to hang in my own room again. I selected a wider frame to make it large enough to hang on the wall. Because I was thinking about the photo eventually going to my son and potentially his children, I added an inscription “The McElvain Girls”. Part inside joke, part preservation of my maiden name for any family member that comes upon the photo in 80+ years. Ultimately, family photos are one of the greatest tangible things we can pass down. So make prints, and for the important ones, frame them to last more than a lifetime.
It’s not too late! Call Anthology today to book your family photo session before the year slips away. We have sessions available on location and in the studio. Call Kendra @ 303-534-1331 or email email@example.com
Gift certificates are also available for your favorite family!