I just love that my local pumpkin patch really looks out for those with OCD! Not a pumpkin out-of-line here! (they kind of look like they're waiting in line for something...like hotdogs at the ballpark or to buy tickets for a ride on the ferris wheel)
***and, YES, I have rearranged many-a-display due to unharmonious color choices and/or things that are unbalanced/out of place, so this was a BLESSING for me - pure joy seeing their displays!***
Months ago a customer brought me a photo collage she had done for an art class. This is that collage - framed. I am SO happy with how it turned out...and she was too! Here's a brief walkthru of a PERFECT example of how custom framing is SUPPOSED to work and benefit BOTH framer and client:
1) Client walks into framing shop with artwork in hand. Shows it to custom framer and explains that she wants it to be a gift for her father's birthday (which is a two weeks away...deadlines are a VERY important thing to know right-up-front) but she has very little cash with which to frame this great collage.
2) Framer listens attentively while mulling matting/framing options over in her head. As soon as the client finishes explaining her wants and needs (and budget), the framer springs into action to give her a few of the options at hand immediatly
3) The framer clearly explains the options while showing visual examples via mat & frame samples: A) collage can be mounted as-is (it was glued onto matboard)into a frame with spacers b/w the artwork and glass which will keep the cost very low, but the quality of the presentation rather mild and not acid-free B) selecting a really thick, impressive natural wood frame (her dad's putting this in his office/den and it would look GREAT with wood) but having the framer re-mount the collage onto an acid-free mat and once again use spacers...good option but kinda pricey with a bigger frame since the piece isn't exactly "petite" C) putting the majority of her budget money into a GREAT fiber mat (which, ahem, just HAPPENS to match the texture quality of the stalky background - esthetically pleasing) and select an understated black frame while the drama happens around the edge of the collage but mounting the collage onto foamcore blocks to raise it 1/2" above the background mat which is a deeply saturated black mat. It makes the collage appear like it's floating in thin air with nothing around or under it - very cool in person...via weblog photograph, not so much.
3) Well, lucky for the framer the client chose C which is what the framer was leaning toward all along. (And I say "lucky for the framer" simply because cutting that mat was FUN for her!) This is a perfect example of how you need to listen to who the client is and who the recipient is because this was a piece she did as an art project and it was the perfect opportunity to really showcase it's great shape and layout in all it's glory. Keeping the frame simple and letting the edge of the artwork and the subject matter take the cake was really the key here.
4) In the end, C turned out to be a little more expensive than option A but much less than option B, but most importantly ALL options kept within her budget. And, since my client base has become friends and family to me over the years, I did the undercut specialty matcutting (NOTE: I undercut the mat, which means that the white bevel commonly seen at the edge is in fact on the BACKSIDE of the mat - because in this situation a crisp white line would have been visually disrupting and this particular mat didn't come in black core) at no additional cost and NOT just because her mom's a good client of mine...I told her that I really thought her collage piece was great and that my matcutting was the least I could do for her first piece of artwork that she was giving away as a gift. Not something you can do ALL the time (we do have to make a living, afterall) but something that I CAN do once in awhile, so I DO. ***and, HEY, my background is in art education so cut me some slack! I want these kids to succeed and seeing your artwork hanging on a loved ones wall can do wonders as a morale boost!***
Wow, that was a long-story-not-told-short! It's just really important to find a custom framer who's right for you. One who will listen and do what's best for your artwork and for you - not by using up left-over stock or whatevers-on-sale-from-there-distributor - but really sink their teeth into your project so that you can leave there with a piece that you'll be proud to give as a gift or to hang on the walls of your home.
Can you tell I love my job OR WHAT?!
The other evening we were working late at the shop and all of the sudden Doug told me to look out the window. I turned and looked....the sky was aglow! It was shimmering - casting beams of pinkish gold everywhere, but filled with clouds that looked like a pastel which had been gently smeared. Amazing. Simply amazing. I had to get a closer look, so I climbed out my window and onto the old fire escape that's still there. This was my view:
My shop is on the second floor of an old building built in 1896. The fact that it even HAS a fire escape is shocking and it's SO old and rusty - not for the faint-of-heart. I thought that if I climbed up the fire escape to the next level I'd have an even better view. This is where I climbed up to:
See the building how it looks pinkish and see the sky up beyond it?! Oh, but don't look down:
Hi toes! Hi shop window! Yes, this photo has me standing on a decrepit fire escape 3 stories above the ground. That's ok though, I like my alone time and here no one will bother me and I can enjoy the light show in the sky:
So I flipped my flops off and sat down for some me-time. I forgot to mention that this fire escape protrudes into the side of a honey locust tree - did I mention my affinity for yellow trees? I was pretty much in utopia here - red toes and all!
Breathe. Just breathe.
***no photos were altered in the production of this blog post - the sky in northern Indiana was truly this incredible just three days ago***
I almost had a
heart attack when the FedEx guy showed up with these boxes for me today! It was my newest shipment of pieces from AIC (Artists In Cellophane) for my Art-O-Mat.
I opened the two boxes lickity-split and scanned the artists they had sent me and low-n-behold I am now a host of 'crackers' from the distinguished Herbert Hoover! We also have some of his pewter wishbones!
And these felt rings (aka Bling Ring) are SO FUN! ***sorry for the fuzzy pic***
I really just can't wait to fill the machine with the new art from all these wonderful creative people! If you don't know what an Art-O-Mat is, then I recommend highly that you go to this LINK HERE right now and climb-out-from-under-the-little-rock-you-must-be-hiding-under! They're everywhere now: Hawaii, England, California, Washington, New York City, Indiana...I was the first host location in Indiana! Stop by anytime and buy a token (only $5 and they make GREAT stocking stuffers!) and start your own collection of original artwork!
Thanks Clark! Thanks Carol! I'm thrilled with the shipment and look forward to watching people's eyes light up with each one they buy!
Saturday we were outside enjoying the 74+ degree weather and look who flew overhead!
I think these geese were listening to some music on their ipods or something....
***for those of you who might not see it, the geese seem to be flying in a pattern resembling VanHalen's trademark VH. I had a little fun with Photoshop...what can I say!***