When custom framing, sometimes it is necessary or beneficial to create some separation from the art and the frame. Mat board is traditionally used to add this separation and benefits the aesthetic of the design. Because mat board is usually used for framing works on paper, glass is added to protect the art and mat board. But what do you do for a painting or a work that doesn’t require glass? To achieve the same bordering affect, Anthology carries a selection of linen liners in multiple styles, sizes and colors. Linen liners have been used for centuries for oil paintings to separate artwork and frame. The liners are made by wrapping a wood frame in fabric. They add a nice separation between art and frame, dimension and sometimes a pop of color. They are ideal when framing an oil or acrylic on canvas and photos mounted to Dibond with a uv-coating. You supply the art, we’ll supply the inspiration!
All the samples feature Larson Juhl Frames and the colored liners are from the Jonathan Adler collection, also from Larson Juhl.
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In the custom framing world, you always remember your first. Your first project for a client that is. We’ve worked closely with Align Lifestyle Management over the last year on some unique custom framing projects. They are a truly likeminded business and take amazing care in curating their client’s homes and offices.
The first piece Nicole brought to us was this t-shirt that had been cut off by EMT’s after a serious accident. Her client wanted to have it framed because of the impact the accident had on his life’s trajectory. Apparently, it was a big hit with his kids as well, as they requested to have a meaningful shirt of their own framed.
Because the shirts are much smaller than his, we treated the framing a little differently, but used the exact same care of building an acid free insert for each to give shape and then hand stitching the shirts to conservation mat board.
For his daughter’s favorite restaurant shirt, we found a beautiful, rustic yellow moulding that complimented the text perfectly. The blue Crescent mat was selected to accent colors already in her bedroom.
The idea of attending MineCon would make the head explode of most kids we know. Having the shirt framed from his son’s trip was a great way to commemorate the experience. As you can see from the photo above, we looked at several mat colors and ultimately decided on the bright red to compliment the frame. The mat also helped to keep the almost midieval looking frame playful and appropriate for a kids room. To anyone familiar with MineCraft, the Larson Juhl frame was a perfect fit.
Shadow box frames can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding custom framing projects. We had a long time client come to us before the holidays with a significant family project. When her father was 9, he won a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race. His father (her grandfather) had helped him with the car and afterward made a wonderful display for the derby car and award. Her father always kept it and eventually gave it to her “little brother”. Fortunately, after 50+ years it was still in great shape and they had some wonderful photos of the winner and his siblings.
Our client knew it was important to her brother and wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time. She also wanted to make it something that he’d be able to look at everyday, while keeping all the elements together. She brought us the car and award display along with the photos and his ribbon. The award display that her grandfather made really needed to stay as it was with the car, making the depth of the box over 3 inches. We had to “stack” two mouldings in order to achieve the depth but it worked out flawlessly! We were able to recess the heavy wood plaque into a fabric Crescent mat, cut windows for the photographs and mount his ribbon. The project was enclosed in a Larson Juhl custom shadow box frame in a similar wood tone as the car and award display. The sides of the custom shadow box were lined with the same mat. TruVue glass was used to protect everything from fading and to keep the inside sealed and clean.
We custom frame a lot of art in Denver, some of it rather pricey. But sometimes the truly priceless pieces aren’t those worth a ton of cash but the memories that are represented in everyday things. Let us be your framer and we can preserve your memories too!
Our client was kind enough to send a photo of her father and brother with the finished piece. We hope he enjoys it for years to come!
5. Family photos. Moms and grandmas in particular love a framed portrait. Have a digital file? Send it to us and we can take care of the printing!
4. Jerseys/Sports Memorabilia. Maybe you didn’t play in the NFL or NBA, you can still show pride by custom framing your favorite players jersey or a collection of memorabilia of your team.
3. Kids Art. It’s obvious that the people who love your child most would love their artwork custom framed. But kids love it too! If there are too many to choose from, bring us photos of the art and we can make them smaller to fit several in one frame.
2. Shadow Boxes/Family Heirlooms. Objects from a loved ones craft or passions make some of the most stunning artwork when custom framed. Bring it out of the shoe box and on to the wall.
1. Vacation Art/Concert Posters. Make a memory last a lifetime. A poster of your favorite band that played at Red Rocks, artwork you purchased on your honeymoon. You name it, we’ve put a custom picture frame on it. Every custom frame design is unique in it’s own right and make a gift that will make an impression.
The Anthology staff (Zach and Kendra) just returned from the West Coast Art and Frame Expo in Las Vegas, at the Paris Hotel and Casino. If you were in the shop at some point the last two months, I’m sure you’ve heard all about it. It was the first time for both of us to attend and it did not disappoint.
We had the opportunity to meet with many of our vendors, see new products, continue our framing education and catch up with some friends.
We really want to thank you, our clients, for making it possible for us to attend. Without your business and support it would not have happened. Anthology will soon be celebrating our five year anniversary and we plan to continue to offer you exceptional design advice and the latest in industry trends. You’re the reason we’re here and we look forward to showing you all the new samples and enhancing your home with custom framing.
The custom framing industry has one remaining trade show here in the US. And we’re thrilled to be able to attend this weekend. Zach and I have only left town a few times together over the last five years, so Vegas seemed like a great excuse. This will be the first time either of us has attended the show. We look forward to meeting our counterparts from other parts of the country, learning some new tricks of the trade and getting inspired by all the new trends in store for the coming year. We will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th and will resume our normal business hours on Wednesday.
I met Jack and his folks several years ago through his uncles. He and his parents now live in Wyoming but thankfully they still take their photos here in Denver. His amazing uncle Joe let us use his house for the morning of our shoot and his mother Margo was all ready to go. She had several clothing changes and a rough idea of some backgrounds that she liked. After giving me the scoop she whispered “and now I’m going to step back and let you do your thing”. I knew I loved her.
Jack is obviously an adorable 4-year-old. He’s also got an incredibly outgoing personality, the result of being an only child surrounded by amazing adults. We started out across the street on the side of a neighbor’s house and chatted about his summer. It broke the ice and let him relax.
Now that he was warmed up and telling me some great stories, we moved back to the front door of Joe’s house for some of my favorite photos of the day. I love this blue door and may just start taking photos there while Joe is at work.
We stayed outside for a bit because in my experience, boys really enjoy being outside. Jack found a little front end loader in a bush and so I ran with it. I love his expression while exploring the parts and driving it around, insert your own truck noises.
This now represents about 20 minutes of shooting outside. Margo had mentioned a few things inside the house, so we took a little break for a snack and wardrobe change while I set up some lights. It’s no joke asking a four-year-old to smile, look at the camera and talk to some lady he barely knows. Keeping things moving is great, but I find it’s good to take a rest before it’s needed.
Joe has this great piece of modern art in this entryway. Margo and I both loved it, so we took a few shots with it as the background. At this point we’d fulfilled Mom’s main requests, so I asked Jack what he’d like to do next, and he wanted to sit on the couch “to relax”. It was well deserved, be we weren’t done yet.Full disclosure: at this point Joe’s roommate had just woken up and offered to help get some laughs. I accept! Next to the couch was another great chair, and since Jack was having such a great time he moved over and really wanted to show me his smelly feet.
This represents about an hour of shooting on location. Jack’s mom, Margo, was a huge part of the success of the day, having Jack prepped with what was going to happen, snacks at the ready and a clear idea of what she wanted. Looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of years!