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!
1st anniversary is paper!
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.
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.
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.
Some wedding invitations are too pretty to throw away. If it’s your own or you saw first hand how much they cost or what it took to find “the perfect one” it’s even more understandable that a girl might want to keep it on her wall for eternity.
The custom mat cut on this was a great way to dress up a classic invite. It was finished with a Larson Juhl frame from their Mantilla collection
It’s a great gift that she never thought to register for. And as an added bonus, picture framing their wedding invitation giver her husband a constant reminder of their anniversary.
Most people have to buy sand dollars to have one this beautiful. A client did actually find this and decided to frame it to commemorate the vacation and the incredible luck. It’s a small piece, for extra pop and to make sure no reflections would distract, Tru Vue Museum Glass was used. Through an anti-reflection glazing, Museum Glass provides a nearly invisible finish and is ideal for preserving one-of-kind items or shadowboxes like this one where the art is set back.
A client brought us this amazing commissioned painting. He needed it to be a little larger to fit the space he and his wife wanted to put it in. We chose a frame from Larson Juhl’s Catalina line and a nice crisp white liner to create some separation from the art and the frame. The results are obvious. Not only did we achieve the desired size but we also created an elegant presentation that highlights the paintings warmth. Next time you purchase a painting remember that a well framed painting is much better than just a naked canvas.