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Custom Framed Arrowhead Shadow Box

What is an “Anthology”? Simply put it is a collection. Here at Anthology Fine Art we love collections and the challenge and creativity it takes to preserve and display them. Several years ago we had the opportunity to make a large, multi opening, custom frame of a collection of vintage cards for a client.  They were collected by the husband’s father and serve as a beautiful family tribute.  The same Denver family recently came to us with another family heirloom project, this time a collection of arrowheads, stone tools, and beaded jewelry, from the wife’s grandfather.  The grandfather had created an DIY display in a hand made box that had been in her family for years.  Time had taken its toll on the box and the collection was in need of an update so that it could be preserved and displayed for further generations.

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Her grandfather had meticulously documented what each item was, as well as where they were found, and created a hand written key with corresponding numbers for each item.  The client wanted to retain the original layout, key, and the numbers. She also wanted to double the size and rather than being displayed by laying on a table the way the original had, with the arrowheads pressed between cotton and glass, she wanted the arrowheads to “float”and hang on the wall in their new home.

We started with the idea to make the overall size bigger without getting too large or distracting.  Individual oval windows were cut in order to display each piece. Rather than two mats stacked, we created a custom cotton canvas mat that gives the impression of being embossed that made for a subtle, yet elegant way to display each individual item.

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The collection included multiple arrowheads of different size and shape, stone scrapers and tools, as well as two pieces of beaded work. Each piece was individually mounted to the canvas and the had written numbers from the original display were reused.

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Finally, to tie the two family pieces together, we used the same frame as the vintage cards. The result was a beautiful new display for a lovely collection, that will now be proudly displayed and cherished by this wonderful family for generations to come!

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Over the years we have had the pleasure of framing a lot of different collections for our clients. From Arrowheads and Vintage Cigarette cards to Military items and Woodworking Tools. We cherish the opportunity to preserve and display these items. We would love to see what sort of fun and interesting collections you have. We encourage you to see what Anthology Fine Art can do in order to preserve, protect, and display your collection. Consultations and quotes are always free and encouraged. Don’t allow these wonderful bits of history and conversation starters to continue to collect dust in a box or on a shelf come and see how we can help you create a display that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Moms, Dads and Grads.

Mother’s Day is Sunday and so begins a time of celebrating Mothers, Fathers and Graduates in our lives.  If you’re an adult, the idea of finding a gift for someone that has seemingly everything is a difficult task.  We’ve done the work for you and have put together some of the most unique ideas we’ve used for our family over the years. 

1.  Custom Framed Jewelry Boxes:  You’ve done the jewelry thing before, give her a way to show off her favorite necklaces and keep them organized at the same time.

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2.  Frame a family photo:  You’ve only got three more days!  Luckily, we have pre-made Photo Frames to fit a 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10.  Keep it simple, or let one of the kids embellish the mat with their own style and sentiment.

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3.  Anthology Gift Cards:  Has mom or grandma been hinting they’d like an updated family photo?  Want the college graduate to frame that really expensive piece of paper?  We have gift cards in any amount that require zero planning.  You can even call us at 303-534-1331 and we’ll take care of everything.  

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4.   A nice pen and a conversation piece:  We have a selection of handmade pens by Conner Woodworks that make the perfect gift for a parent or graduate.  

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5.  Make a memory they can keep forever:  Preservation is the hallmark of custom framing.  Maybe it’s band poster your husband has had for years or the last concert you attend at Red Rocks before your grad heads off to college, make sure it will last a lifetime.  BlueFrame

it’s never “just” a t-shirt

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Custom frame your family history.

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.

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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!

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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!

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Custom Frame your Family Collections

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Family heirlooms and collections come in many shapes and sizes.  A customer recently came to us with 120 small cigarette cards that had been collected by her father-in-law.  Her husband is from England and the cards are a great example of mid 20th century advertising.  The cards were originally used as a “stiffener” for flimsy cigarette packs, but their humor and unique illustrations make them highly collectible today.

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Ready Made Frames

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We’re frugal too!  The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting.  The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.

The alternative, photo frames from Anthology.  The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes.  We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you.  You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size.  They make great gifts!

For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!

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I first heard the term “previsualization” at 19 years-old in a large format photography class.  The idea of “the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure”.  I’ll be honest, the zone system eludes me to this day and I don’t see the print in my minds eye the moment I snap it.  But, when I’m photographing dogs, kids or weddings, as the session progresses I get an idea in my head of how these moments will looked displayed on the wall.  To me, having that finished product to enjoy in a tangible way, everyday, is the most rewarding part of my job.

We’ll be displaying my portrait photography for the month of April.  Stop in to see samples of the finished product that Anthology can make for your home.  Even if it’s not a photo I took, bring us the images, art or objects you want displayed in your home and we’ll design custom framing that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Your life, on your walls.

We recently had the pleasure of working with a new client who was updating her home in Cherry Creek.  She had many pieces that took the majority of the afternoon to work through. Each piece had a great story behind it and a lot of time was spent laughing and exchanging stories back and forth.   It was a great collection of art including originals that had hung in her parents’ home, two photos of her finishing the New York City Marathon, and posters she’d collected while studying abroad.

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Resurrecting frames from the past.

Custom framing has changed a lot in the past 50 years and even more in the last 20 years. Conservation technology in both materials and methods has greatly improved and art preservation has never been better. However, there is something to be said about the frames of the past. Intricately made and uniquely shaped in the style of the time period, they work perfectly for old photos and art alike.

We recently had a client who wanted to frame an old family photo in a beautiful period frame she had found at an antique shop. We gutted the old frame and updated the backing but kept the domed glass that made it so unique.  She also wanted an oval frame for a grouping of photos from roughly the same time.  We had a new frame made by Inline Ovals for the group of photos using the same style of domed glass. Even though one is nearly a century old and the other is new they work very well together. Bring us your antique frames you have displayed in your home and we will be happy to upgrade the inside without changing that that beautiful period look that you love. Remember framing consultations are always free and encouraged!

Wedding Season!

I have nothing against gift registries, everyone needs new towels and dishes when they get married. However, the $60 wooden spoon from William Sonoma might not express the way you truly feel about the new couple. May we suggest having that beautiful and sometimes very expensive invitation or announcement framed. It is the perfect gift on so many levels:

1. People usually don’t expect it so its a huge surprise.

2. The bride, who has usually been the person who put so much effort into every little detail, will be blown away that you noticed.

3. The groom will have a framed, visual reminder of the anniversary date.

4. It will stay fashionable and last longer than the decorative zebra pillow set.

5. Its also a great idea for baby announcements, house warming, and wedding anniversaries to name a few.

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

kendra@anthologyfineart.com

zach@anthologyfineart.com