Our local Sam's Hot Dogs was awarded the front page feature on Knife & Fork of Cville! We celebrated by framing up the page and the article. Just like the fantastic fun atmosphere that can be found in the breezy little Crozet joint, the bright yellow glossy frame and the ketchup and mustard colored mats make for a really snappy presentation. We drymounted the articles and then cut them out with a reverse bevel so they appear to be floating on a chocolate brown background. Did we mention chocolate? Not only can you get dogs there but also some delicious flavors of ice cream as well!
A client recently brought this wonderful vintage postcard of the UVA observatory for framing. They picked a really charming presentation in the following:
The postcard was floated on a slate blue/gray mat and the mat on top featured a line that was broken by a dusting of stars. Dots of silver allow the little stars to twinkle in just the right light.
A lovely frame from Bella Moulding encased the whole under glass. This frame really spoke to the piece! It's a black wooden lacquer that has silver filling the gaps in the the wood grain. The presentation is that of soft twilight with soft blacks, dusty dark blue, and silver twinkling quietly around the observatory!
We recently had the honor of framing an NFL referee's Superbowl jersey and memorabilia. Mr. Dave Wyant of Crozet was a referee for Superbowl 48. So, to celebrate that accomplishment, his family wanted to display these artifacts in a way all could see rather than tucked away in a closet.
We put our heads together and designed a way to both preserve the jersey and display it in a dynamic presentation. A black custom made shadowbox frame was constructed to be extra deep to accommodate the hat that was to be mounted with the jersey. There were insignia on the sides of the cap that needed to be visible.
We arranged all the elements and set about a construction for a mount. A filler form was constructed to sew the jersey on to and the arms were filled out at well as we wanted to have the shirt holding out an arm to display the small flag with a sandbag sewn to it. The identification lanyards were draped around the neck of the jersey and sewn in place. Supports needed to be sewn to the backs of the arms to hold them up. If they were not in place, the armature would sag.
The coins were a bit of a challenge as they were heavy and slick. We also wanted to give them a special place in the piece as by themselves they seemed very diminutive against the expanse of the jersey. We framed them within small charcoal colored frames and this not only helped bring a focus to the coins themselves but also balanced the empty mount space flanking the hat.
We enjoyed working on this project and are told Mr. Wyant is very happy with the way it turned out. We are impressed with his accomplishments and congratulate him on his achievements!
What a unique opportunity to referee for the NFL!
As wedding season approaches and invitations arrive in the mail, we all get giddy with anticipation of a another blissful union. Anne was recently invited to a spring soiree in Lynchburg. To mark the occasion uniquely, she decided to frame her invitation as a gift to the newlyweds.
To mirror the thought and care that the bride and groom took to set the mood of their wedding with their invitation design, Anne set out to hand paint a double-glass creation that was one-of-a-kind.
Here's a peek into the process of the construction of this invitation's new home:
In a double-glass frame, the picture is mounted to a back glass and covered by another piece of glass on the front side to make the artwork appear to float on the wall within its frame. Anne chose conservation grade glass to protect the artwork from fading.
The area that the invitation would occupy was taped off and the the border of the back glass was painted to extend the invitation's colors out to the frame. The fireflies that glow on the invitation were included in the painted border on the glass painting.
When the paint dried, the masking tape was removed to leave a crisp edge where the invitation would be attached.
On the back, the painting shows through, continuing the image that is on the back of the invitation.
The frame was chosen to mimic the top of the mason jar.
When finished, the invitation floats in a sanctuary between the two pieces of glass. This look casts a shadow onto the wall behind it and creates a unique depth and dimension.
When we receive invitations in the mail, we get the sense of the kind of event that the bride and groom envision as their perfect day. A unique frame design allows you to show them that you understand their style. Framing their invitation in their style preserves that memory for years to come.
Can you tell she had so much fun making this?!
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