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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year. For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household. Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.
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!
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.
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.
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!