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“Light of Hope” – Fine Art meets Community Involvement

An artist from Visionaries + Voices is creating some big excitement here at Frame USA and Posterservice. Posterservice is continuously licensing work from great artists internationally to use for posters, and we are excited to announce that we have officially licensed artwork from an artist from V+V for poster production! “Light of Hope” from Candi Branham is now available as a 24×36 poster in our store, and on the Posterservice website.

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Candi has worked as an artist from the V+V studios for about 3 and a half years. She was initially inspired by her mother’s creative ability as a t-shirt designer. She says the best part of being an artist is sharing her work with others.

Candi’s colorful painting embodies her infectiously positive attitude, and the angels you see in ‘Light of Hope’ are her signature design. These angels carry a very important meaning; they stand as colorful memorials to loved ones she has lost. In particular, they are meant to reflect the vitality of her late nephew, whose passing has had a significant impact on her life. She believes that creating each angel helps her to keep his energy alive and to share it with the community.

‘Light of Hope’ was created for V+V’s biggest fundraiser of the year — Double Vision. Artists working throughout Cincinnati and artists working from V+V come together to form new partnerships and collectives. The results of these collaborations is then showcased and sold at a live art auction. Double Vision is in its fifth year of celebrating creativity and supporting the nonprofit programs at V+V.

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Candi collaborated with Jill Romansky, and when asked what her experience was like, Candi said “Fun! I really liked working with Jill”. Jill painted the sky and the white light of the background, and together they painted all of the angels. When ‘Light of Hope’ was auctioned at the end of the event, Frame USA had the winning bid. The original painting now hangs in the upstairs offices.

When Candi created ‘Light of Hope’ with Jill, it was her first time participating in Double Vision. She plans to return to the show in 2014, and is excited for what this year has in store.
Lastly, we just had to ask how Candi felt about being at the center of all the buzz surrounding her image being produced as a poster. She just had one word to describe her feelings on being published with Posterservice: “Proud!”

Check out her poster here!

 

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Las Vegas to Follow Cincinnati Artists Lead with Beautification Project

Future Blooms2 City leaders in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago are contacting a local Cincinnati beautification project to learn how they can start similar programs.

In Las Vegas, the City Council has announced a program to relieve blight from the doorsteps of local houses and buildings. The pilot program was created to paint murals on the doors and windows of abandoned building within the community.

Through this program, the city is being proactive to eliminate the eyesore of boarded-up homes by turning plywood into an arts palette,” said Councilman Bob Coffin, who spearheaded the effort. “These initiatives will help beautiful homes and properties, ultimately improving the neighborhoods.

Ten abandoned homes have been chosen for the Las Vegas pilot project. Artist Markus Tracy was commissioned to design five different scenes that will be painted onto the plywood used to board up the homes for security.

The Las Vegas Arts Commission supplied $16,550 for the effort.

The Las Vegas program was at least partially inspired by local artists group Future Blooms, which is part of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful.  From the website:

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In the fall of 2009, the Future Blooms program was developed to address crime in urban areas where there was a heavy concentration of vacancy. Research indicated that abandoned buildings and vacant lots provided the most potential for positive change. The Broken Window Theory also provided a platform to address this issue of vacancy. By painting doors, windows, awnings, and flower boxes on the barricades of abandoned buildings, Future Blooms was able to restore a sense of identity to the neighborhood and encourage economic development.

Four years later, we have improved over 600 abandoned buildings by enhancing the plywood barricades with painted representations of doors, windows, awnings, and flower boxes. Our team of artists and architects has mastered the process so that it only costs $4.50 a square foot! This process not only changes the perception of safety and cleanliness in the area, but it also makes the properties more inviting to investors. 22% of our buildings are now completely renovated or under development.

The initiative in Cincinnati includes vacant buildings, vacant lots, murals and eco-art installations. See more information about Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and Future Blooms, please check out their website at http://keepcincinnatibeautiful.org/ .

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Laser Engraving – What to Look for in an Engraver

Laser engraved products are absolutely storming the market, anywhere from engraved jewlery to engraved hunting rifles. A big draw to this is personalization; being able to modify a product so that it reflects something with meaning to the consumer. It goes without saying, then, that laser engraving is something that must be done with the utmost care and skill to give the customer exactly what they want.

In a recent post by DECOR magazine, Lisa Crabtree of Spring, Texas uses her laser engraving machine to corner the engraving market in the small town. She discusses all of the big project undertakings that come with engraving products. You can read more about it here!

The big secret to engraving lies in the craftsmanship, technology and the technical skill of the engraver. One must know how to troubleshoot errors, utilize expert layout skills and have a broad understanding of the engraved material. It can be a very costly process if your engraver is not careful.

Similarly, it’s important to know the limitations of laser engraving. There are many surfaces that can be harmful if engraved, or even ruined. Knowing an expert is half the battle!

You can get started with our laser engraving app located here!

More on engraving: DECOR Magazine

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From Cheap Wood Frames to Masterpiece!

Posters from your childhood might have looked good simply tacked up on the wall, but those beautiful posters you bought from a museum or your favorite vacation spot needs more than a tack on the wall. It is rather simple to make a poster look classy and stylish, simply by adding the right frame. Poster frames can be found inexpensively and with the right process can make any poster look like a beautiful print in your home or office.

Obtain your Materials

Before you start, you will want to gather all of the necessary materials. Aside from your posters and the wood frames, you will need a mat board, backing board and measuring tape. Before you purchase your wooden picture frames and mats, however, you should know the perfect size for your poster. After you measure the size of your poster to be framed, add 6 to 10 inches to it and purchase the mat in that size. You can then purchase the frame according to the mat size that you purchased. This will give your poster the classy, expensive look that you desire.

Attach Mat Board to Backing Board

The first step is to attach your poster to your backing board. The backing board should be the same size as your poster. These measurements should be accurate. If the backing board is larger, now is the time to trim it to size. When you purchase your backing board, ensure that you are using acid and lignin free products to ensure the longevity of your poster. Any products that are acidic will cause your poster to wear down over time. Securely attach the poster to the backing board, ensuring that there it is not any room for slipping. Once it is secure, you can attach the mat board to the backing board, also ensuring that it is secure.

The Right Wooden Picture Frames

The higher the quality of the frames that you purchase, the more sophisticated your poster will look on the wall. You can find affordable wood picture frames that are made from quality materials and meant to stand the test of time. Take your time searching for the perfect frame, as there are hundreds of colors and stylesavailable. Take into consideration the décor in the room that it will be located in as well as the style of the poster. A simple, modern poster should not be placed in a frame that is very ornate, just as a traditional or classic poster might look better in a frame with a little more flair. Pay close attention to the glass on the frame, and its proximity to the poster underneath. The more space between the poster and the glass, the classier your finished product will look and the safer your poster will be in the long run.

Placing the Poster in the Frame

The final step in securing your posters is to place them in the poster frames. Simply unhinge the frame, and place the poster that is attached to the backing board and mat into the frame. Check all aspects of the frame to ensure that the poster has a snug fit and that the glass is appropriately distanced to ensure its beauty. It is a good idea to clean the glass before hinging the frame back up to get the best view of your newly framed poster.

Hanging the Poster

Once your poster is framed, you are not done! You need to find the perfect place to hang it to ensure its sophistication. You should avoid hiding it behind doors or lining many of them up next to each other as you might have done in your teenage years. Just as in an art gallery, posters look sophisticated when they are given their own space to appreciate them. If you are going for a more dramatic look, however, you can hang several of them together, in a tasteful grouping to ensure their beauty. If you want to make the look rather dramatic, you can add light directly over your posters or direct the light in the room to make it a spotlight on the area, to give the eyes something appealing to rest on.

It is easy to frame posters and make them look like a classic pieces of art. At Frame USA, you can find cheap wood frames that are affordable, yet make your posters look as if they came from the local art gallery. Take the time to follow the steps to appropriately mount a poster and you could have beautiful works of art to place in your home or office for very little cost.

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A Picture Framing Guide – New York Times Style Magazine

A video from London Sessions Productions and Rita Konig presents “The Decorations of Houses”, A Guide to Picture Framing.

We were thrilled to see such a well-done and honest video on this subject from the New York Times. In this video, interior designer Rita Konig explains the value and versatility of a picture frame (and of custom framing in general. Rita is known in framing for her rather unorthadox views on picture framing — particularly when it comes to the art involved.

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Rita Konig demonstrates her current framing project.

Her biggest design tip? “Each frame does something different to the picture”, she says.  The art inside the frame, while obviously having an important place in the composition, is not necessarily the “star” of the finished product. Indeed, oftentimes the frame will accentuate the art in ways that significantly increase the value.

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Rita heads to the Lacy Gallery in London for some input and custom framing work.
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Lacy Gallery assists Rita with sizing and designing her piece.

 

This is a new series by the New York Times that will hopefully be an ongoing project between Rita and the best-selling media publication. Rita Konsig is best known for her work as an interior designer, so we look forward to seeing what she has in store.

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The finished product.

To receive a custom framing quote for your own images, or just to get some consultation on framing your own art piece, fill out our custom quote form.

Check out the video here to learn more!

 

Source:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/the-decoration-of-houses-a-simple-guide-to-picture-framing/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

 

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97 Year Old Woman Holds First Art Show

97 year-old Nancy Cole of Spartanburg, Kansas recently opened up her first art show in… Well, ever. In a story of true inspiration, Nancy began her pursuits in art at the age of 90 and never looked back. It tooks seven years of practice and creating piece after piece, but eventually she was ready for the big time. Her instructor, Bailie, saw something special in her work and stories, eventually calling up a local gallery for an official art show featuring Nancy’s work. The resulting art show hailed in great responses from the community and beyond, selling two art pieces within the first 13 minutes of the show.

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Between 90 and 97, Nancy Cole managed to amass quite a collection of her work for the show.

As artists ourselves, this story is truely inspiring. To be able to create art at such an advanced age is really special! Nancy’s age only adds to the charm of her colorful work. Nancy recalls knowing “historic figures from seemingly different worlds – Gen. George S. Patton, Jr. and artist Georgia O’Keeffe”, and taking wild adventures such as “hot air ballooning in Africa with the Philadelphia Zoological Society.” Nancy believes that life is what you make it, if you take hold of it and live to be your best. We can’t help but agree and take that advice to heart!

“This has been quite an experience… I feel very grateful and very humble about all of this,” she said.

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Do you have a gallery show that you’re preparing for? Fill out our custom quote form and we’ll help you out!

Photo and Story Credit: Kansas City Star

Pinterest DIY Projects

DIY Art Projects

Sometimes, you need an extra little bit of motivation to get started with a new year – especially if you’re a creative type. Luckily, we have Pinterest to keep us in the know about simple DIY Art Projects throughout the year. If you haven’t joined the Pinterest community (or worse, haven’t heard of Pinterest), it may be time to crawl out of the rock you’ve clearly been under and join! Pinterest is a great resource for creatives, anyone from stay-at-home moms to small business owners and Etsy merchants.

Many of our Pinterest followers enjoy posting and sharing different DIY projects that they have done, or they’ll share ideas that we’ve shared. Framing is an art in itself, and there’s no doubt that many art projects of this type involve wall-mounted displays.

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You’ll find many great inspirational images like this on craft blogs and Pinterest.

DIY Craft Materials

Etsy is a great place to find a supplier to get you started for materials. Depending on what you need for your project, you can find things for pretty cheap. Another great place to look is Amazon, but be wary about constantly-changing prices.

We also have some great products and accessories that give you the freedom to display in any way you want. From posterhangers to frame connectors; matting tape to mounting tape — we have it all. Find them here: http://www.frameusa.com/hangers-accessories

Unfinished/DIY Picture Frames

Along with having the right materials, you’ll need a starting point for a frame. If you’re the type to create a frame by hand, then big kudos to you! There are several great ways to do this. For the rest of us, though, it’s great to have a starting point.

  • Unfinished Picture Frames: These are shaped like a standard frame, but do not have any finish or stain to them (hence the name!) With these, you can alter the color, finish, neatness and anything else you can think of!
  • Decorate-It Picture Frames: This series has the sole purpose of being decorated. Perfect for fun crafts with the kids or for total customization. Several of our customers love them for Etsy and Pinterest projects!
  • U-Frame Kits: Made of metal and made to last, these metal picture frames come to you ready-to-assemble. Simply grab your closest screwdriver and start assembling! These babies can hold much larger artwork than the standard metal frame and look great for gallery displays.
  • Shadow Box Frames: The pinnacle of the “DIY” theme, shadow boxes give you the power to conceive the ultimate creative project. The challenge of creating a 3D composition for a 2D display can be tough, but is always rewarding. Use this for sports collectibles, historic documents, wedding ornaments, dioramas, or contemporary art pieces.

DIY Art Projects Inspiration

For all things creative and art-oriented, you can never go wrong with Pinterest and Etsy. Pinterest is the best place for discovering projects and (if you’re lucky) walkthroughs on how to complete the project. Etsy is great for seeing other completed projects and comparing them to your own. It’s a good milestone in reasoning and comparing whether your finished product could be received well on Etsy or not. Of course, if the DIY art project is for yourself, then you don’t even need this step! Create away!

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Pinterest is always a good place to start.

What sorts of projects are on the horizon for February? Follow us on Pinterest and share what you have planned!

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Frame USA’s WCAF Trip – Photos

We had a great turnout this year at the West Coast Art and Frame show in Las Vegas. Getting to meet with the nations best artists and framers was a great experience, and we were glad to share it with them!

Pictured below are a few photos of our display at the show. We met with vendors and other craftsmen about our frames, products and poster/printing services.

For more information or to see more about what the West Coast Art and Frame show is all about, visit us on Twitter or search under the event hashtag #WCAF. If you joined us at the show and would like to submit a quote for any of our products, fill out our custom quote form by clicking here!

 

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Framing Artwork – Artist Perspective

If you follow our Paper.li news feed, we try to share some great advice in the art and framing community throughout the week. You can find this online publication here.

One article that stood out to use was and article called “Framing Artwork”, a robust and long-winded article on art becoming  more than the act of creating art, but also involving labor and democracy, that art makes up more than creative and technical processes but includes labor as any other job does.

We happen to agree. The author also cites examples from Warhol, who was the first artist to relate to society’s conformity and democratic approach to art. To quote the author,

“Art is not simply the place where desires get expressed and monetized. It is also where desires get fulfilled and monetized. There will always be a remainder, and that remainder is the libidinal investment in art as a space different from other spaces, and in creativity as a more expansive ideal of production. The persistence of this remainder demands a critique of artistic labor that goes beyond the terms offered by political economy, a critique that takes seriously those desirous investments that become entwined with—but are not reducible to—art’s institutions and economic engines.”

We think it’s good to keep this in mind when framing artwork. Art is most complete through hard work and working to improve yourself, and of course, working to make your work ready for display. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile! We also offer custom framing services if you need help along the way.

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Source: E-Flux’s article, “Framing Artwork” by Lindsay Caplan

Frame USA attends West Coast Art and Frame Show 2014

Next week, we’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the next installment of the West Coast Art and Frame show. We’ll be joined by some of the biggest names in the industry (Larson Juhl, Tru-View, Pictureframes.com, etc.) as well as hundreds of small business owners, custom framers and artists. We’re excited for this opportunity to interact with others in our industry!

The art and framing industry is constantly changing, and it’s a great time to be a part of it all. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates and the latest news from the show. For a live feed of how things are going, search for #WCAF (our official hashtag for the West Coast Art and Frame show). We look forward to seeing you there!

Check out some of last year’s photos below! This year’s booth is #1039.

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FrameUSA's WCAF Booth

Some fast framing facts:

In 2012, out of 2,600 American consumers, half of them made some form of purchase in regards to wall art, decor, or some sort of framing.

The top 3 factors influencing a customer’s purchase of a custome frame job are trust, confidence and choice of materials.

45% of customers who classify as “collectors” have multiple items waiting to be framed.

Custom framing customers once had an older audience – the most recent reports show that 56% of customers are at the age of 44 are younger. Customers also tend to be male – about 59%.

 

Source: Tru View marketing research and Unity Marketing