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Ralph Steadman Savage Journey

Ralph Steadman – Artist Spotlight

Frame USA’s sister site Posterservice, Inc. recently added two new posters to our growing collection of pieces by Ralph Steadman.

Posterservice has several posters of Ralph Steadman’s illustrations, but the newest additions are titled “The Secret of Dreams” and “Savage Journey”.

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The Secret of Dreams“, pictured on the right, is an illustration of Ralph Steadman’s interpretation of Sigmund Freud having the secret of dreams revealed to him in 1895. The poster shows Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis and one of the early 20th century’s most influential thinkers, sitting at his desk working. Behind Freud is a surreal mass of strange imagery, or “the secret of dreams”. Ralph Steadman spent over three years researching Freud and creating artwork inspired by him. He even visited Freud’s hometown and spent time in the rooms where he analyzed his patients. These works were ultimately published in an art book titled “Sigmund Freud”.

Savage Journey“, pictured on the left, is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”. Steadman illustrated the novel which was published in 1971. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” tells a surreal nonlinear narrative of characters traveling to Las Vegas on a psychedelic journey. The book explores themes of the declining American dream and the 1960s counterculture. Steadman and Hunter S. Thompson had a long partnership of Thompson writing books and articles which Steadman made illustrations for.

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Posterservice Inc also has a poster of this famous drawing Steadman made for the book. The poster is self-titled “Fear and Loathing”. The Hunter S Thompson novel was adapted into a movie in 1988 which has become a cult classic. Steadman appears in the commentary for the movie in the DVD set, as well as in a documentary titled “Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision”.

Steadman has worked with numerous other authors including Ted Hughes, Adrian Mitchell, and Brian Patten. He has also illustrated covers for editions of classic books such as Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and Animal Farm.

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Posterservice Inc and Frame USA are incredibly honored to be able to work with such a prolific and well acclaimed artist. We take pride in making the work of influential artists accessible to everyone.

Charity of the Month Frame USA

June Charity of the Month: The Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence

Frame USA is dedicated to helping those in need.

Every month, we support a different local or national charity by donating money, time, and other resources. Our goal is to raise as much money as possible and to offer our assistance to those who need it the most.

As part of our Monthly Charitable Gift Program, we donate to that month’s chosen charity organization $0.75 for every frame purchase made on our website, and $1.00 for every custom frame order through our local retail store. We also collect donations from our customers, vendors and key partners.

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The charity we have chosen for June 2018 is the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence, also known as SPAN.

SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence, and is based in Boulder, Colorado. They are a community organization working for advocacy and education. SPAN offers services and counseling for adults, youth, and children because they know that people of all ages need support.

They run an emergency shelter for individuals and families who need a safe place to stay. In their March 2018 newsletter, SPAN published this story about Becca, a mother living in their shelter:

“Becca is in shelter with us, she has three children in elementary school. Becca’s oldest child does not qualify for transportation from the school district because the school is less than two miles from our shelter and the child is seen as old enough to walk. However, Becca does not feel safe allowing the child to walk alone because of the family violence they are currently experiencing. For this reason she makes the walk — 1.9 miles — twice daily with her older child and coordinates this with the pick-up/ drop off schedules for her two other children. The total walking trips to bus stops and schools takes about 75 minutes each morning and afternoon.
This leaves Becca only a few hours a day to work on the things she hopes to accomplish while in shelter such as, finding permanent housing, connecting with legal support, getting to doctor’s appointments etc.”

Written by Roshan Kalantar

Other resources SPAN provides include support for LGBTQ folks, legal advocacy, Latinx services, and support for immigrants. To learn more, visit their website here.

We are incredibly proud to be working with SPAN this month, and hope to provide them with a substantial amount of donations. To help us out, be sure to donate during the checkout process at frameusa.com!

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Memorial Day Sale Online

Memorial Day Sale 2018 – 13% Off Online Celebration

Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day and we want to celebrate with savings for our customers!

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Memorial Day is an American national holiday for the remembrance of soldiers who have lost their lives serving in the United States military. To learn more about the history and significance of Memorial Day, consider reading our blog post from last year which can be found here.

Despite Memorial Day’s somber meaning, it has more recently become a day of not only honoring our fallen soldiers, but celebrating the freedom we have because of them. Many cities have annual parades with veterans’ groups, marching bands, and floats. Some of the biggest Memorial Day parades happen in Chicago, New York City, and Washington D.C.

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Here at Frame USA we want to honor this all-American holiday by offering you a sale on our all-American products! We’re dedicated to making our merchandise in our own facility here in Cincinnati, Ohio. This not only means that we have the highest quality products, but that we’re always creating more jobs for Americans.

Now through Memorial Day, Frameusa.com and our sister companies Posterservice Inc., Mat Designers, and Frame Closeouts have a discount for 13% off your whole order when you use coupon code “memorial2018″. This major Memorial Day sale means 13% off posters, poster frames, art frames in a wide selection of colors, sizes, and materials, custom frames, and mats!

 

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Artist Spotlight: Ali Güleç

Frame USA‘s sister company Posterservice Inc. is excited to be working with artist and illustrator Ali Güleç, based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Our posters by Ali are a series of decorative skull illustrations that combine beauty with macabre. Ali works using both traditional drawing mediums and digital images to create his designs.

Our most recent poster designed by Ali Güleç is titled “Bloom Skull”. This piece shows a beautiful juxtaposition of life and death. Though the overall composition is of a skull, suggesting a more macabre theme, the skull is made entirely of flowers and plants fully alive and in bloom. The illustration has dark undertones, but also has an over all delicate and decorative aesthetic that makes for perfect wall decor.

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“Bloom Skull” by Ali Güleç

  • Item #: PSA011330
  • Size: 24×36
  • Price: $6.99

We also carry two other designs by Ali Güleç titled “Flower Skull” and “Lace Skull”. These illustrations have similar themes of mixing darkness with beauty.

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Of course once you have your poster, you’ll need a frame to display it in! Posterservice Inc. works together with Frame USA in the same building in Cincinnati, OH to bring you all American made products. Frame USA offers a wide selection of poster frames in different materials, sizes, and colors for you to find the perfect frame for your poster. Click here to view our poster frames. 


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New Printer

New Large Format Printer Means Double the Productivity!

The Frame USA print production team has gotten a major upgrade! With our new canvas art prints available on amazon.com we needed to improve and increase our technology in order to give our customers the best product and the fastest service.

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On the right in the photo above is our Roland Soljet EJ-640 printer.  Until last week, the Roland was working hard on it’s own to print all of our artwork orders. But as you can see, it’s now accompanied by the Epson SureColor S60600, allowing us to print two rolls of artwork at once!

New Printer

Our new Epson printer has easier maintenance and a faster printing speed. This means very little trouble shooting and lots of printing being done! Since our art prints are printed in our facilities in Cincinnati, OH, this allows our employees to efficiently make, package, and ship all of our orders. We are dedicated to keeping our products made in the USA and creating more jobs for Americans!

Be sure to check out our amazon store here for a large selection of beautiful art prints and photography ready to hang in your home.

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Our New SEO Coordinator with a Fine Arts Background

My name is Tory and I am FrameUSA’s new SEO Coordinator.
Three years ago I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration, and I thought to myself, “Now what?” Throughout all of art school, my professors made it clear that only a small fraction of us would ever have a career in the arts. However, it didn’t stop me from pursuing my calling as a creative individual.

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Reality hit after graduation that working as a full time artist takes years of dedicated practice outside of school, and that I would have to use my creativity in other ways. But I’ve continued making drawings and paintings and exhibiting in art shows. I’ve exhibited work in Nevada, Chicago, and in several galleries in Cincinnati. During September 2017, I completed a studio residency in Ontario, Canada.
The ability to express myself and explore my imagination through art making is more than therapeutic, it’s an essential part of myself. I love exploring color, world building, and making characters.

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As I started promoting my artwork online, I realized how interested I was in the marketing side of my work. Since I was a kid using dial-up AOL, I have always been fascinated by computers and the internet. After doing a web design project for a client, I was able to quickly pick up on SEO and online marketing. So I have decided to pursue that further with this new position at FrameUSA, while still making art in my free time. It’s an incredibly exciting opportunity.

– Tory Erpenbeck

Frame USA’s 2017 Holiday Party

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On Friday, December 22nd Frame USA hosted our annual Holiday party to celebrate the hard work every member of the team contributed in 2017! The party was held in the infamous Empower U room which was decked out for the holiday festivities.

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In addition to the wonderful decorations, the Empower U room was filled with a delicious assortment of food thanks to our lovely caterers and a few employees who decided to bless us with some desserts.

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Once the food was devoured, everyone participated in a company-wide raffle. The raffle has some pristine gifts such as: an Amazon Echo, virtual reality goggles, an Xbox One, a Kindle Fire, a 12 piece cutlery set and a 50 inch TV among other things.

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In addition to the raffle, prizes were awarded to a few individuals who went above and beyond and had exceptional work in 2017. The first award was our Raving Fan Award. What’s a Raving Fan you ask; a Raving Fan is a customer that is more than just satisfied with services and products….they RAVE happily about them.  Raving Fans return to a business because they are thrilled with the service from the minute they view the company’s websites to the minute they receive their product.  Not only that, these customers RAVE about the company and the service to all their friends and family so those people will want to see and experience it for themselves! Jon from the office team and Chris from the warehouse team were the recipients of this award.

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Our next award was the Most Valuable Player and our team is so strong that we had FOUR MVP’s! Jenn was Frame USA’s most valuable manager of the year, Jill won the award for the office team and the warehouse team had two winner, Gail and Carla.

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Our third award of the night was the Iron Person Award. This was given to someone who was versatile in their abilities to help out at Frame USA and they exemplified great efforts with going above and beyond the call of duty. This award was given to Cathy for the outstanding accomplishments she achieved throughout 2017.

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The final award of the night was the Cal Ripkin, Jr. “2,632” award and it was rewarded to Jim.

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Overall the party was a complete success! We hope that everyone had just as wonderful a holiday season as we did at Frame USA. As we enter 2018 we’d like to say that for over 30 years we have been proud to be an American made business. Producing more than 3,000 frames a day, we use 100% U.S. raw materials and also manufacture 100% in The United States. When you buy from us, you don’t just receive outstanding picture frames — you’re supporting American jobs, workers, and economy. We hope to continue to supply you with frames well into 2018 and beyond!

Cheers To A New Year!

Learning How To “Day Trade” Attention

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From the social media expert and the grand “Poobah” himself, Mr. Gary Vee, “Day trading attention means finding where your audience is and talking to them there. That’s something that everybody can learn from – especially people who use social media and other new technologies designed to help capture audience attention.”

Hello “Inter-webs”, my name is Whitley Dubose, the Marketing Manager for FrameUSA, and I am one of the biggest digital media nerds you will probably ever meet (#ProudOfIt).  To put this into perspective, while other children played outside or hung out with friends, I was always in front of a computer building websites or creating graphics that I’d share with my friends online.

If you could imagine, as I got older, I fell in love with all things digital. I became fascinated with digital media because of how fast it could easily affect someone just by grabbing their attention. It’s so interesting how digital content could make you laugh, make you feel a certain way, and compel you to purchase something. I couldn’t get enough of this “phenomenon” so I took to the “inter-webs” and found Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee.  Gary is a fast-talking New Yorker, “live-for-the-grind,” social media expert who is a humble and very confident individual. In a world filled with greedy self-gratification, Gary often convinces people from all walks of life to “play the long game for the sake of their dreams.”

As the newest addition to the FrameUSA team, I’m very excited about this new Marketing journey in my career. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas with the team to help “play the long game” and to help take FrameUSA’s marketing initiatives to the next level. After all, teamwork makes the dream work, right?

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Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

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Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort: that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work and a civilization work.” His words have great meaning and hold very true in almost any aspect of work and life.

If you have a group of people working individually, not communicating, but working towards accomplishing the same goal that can easilyt result in chaos. Some individuals might be overlapping on the tasks they are doing. Some tasks might get forgotten if Sally thinks Melvin is doing a certain task, and Melvin thinks Edward is doing it, but in the end, nobody has done it.Teamwork is communicating. I believe that poeple working together to accomplish a common goal will always prove higher, more quality, results than individuals not working as a cohesive unit.

Teamwork helps us accomplish results in a more timely manner. Teamwork can be fun, it also can help improve the attitude of the team. Teamwork makes for a better working environment and culture all around. Teamwork can consist of helping people through actions to get the job done, but it also can consisty of individuals lifting other team members up through help and a positive attitude. One small gesutre of help or support can go a long way for a struggling employee, or someone just having a bad day.

I really encourage team efforts on all of the areas I manage. I try to combine efforts of separate teams and make them one. At the end of the day our goal is to create Raving Fans! Every. Sing;e. Day. So in my mind it doesn’t matter what area you work in, I really try to create a culture that we are all there for one another, no single person is left on the island alone.

Like Vince said, if we individually commit to working as a group that is what will make our team work, Frame USA work, or any aspect of our lives. Teamwork makes the team work. Or in my words, teamwork makes the dream work!

~ Jennifer Riggsby, Logistics & Quality Manager

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Frame USA’s Annual Halloween Party

On Tuesday, October 31st Frame USA once again hosted it’s annual Halloween party! The party features festive food, snacks and drinks and there is a pumpkin decorating (we’ll call it decorating instead of carving because some pumpkins were painted) contest as well as a costume contest.

The origins of carving pumpkins at Halloween began in Ireland in the 19th century. Originally people hallowed out turnips to act as lanterns and often carved them with obscure faces. Jack-o’-lanterns were said to represent the spirits or supernatural beings (used by people to frighten others),or were used to ward off evil spirits (set in places to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home).

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In addition to all these wonderfully decorated pumpkins we crafted, there was also a costume contest which many of our employees participated in. It is thought that wearing Halloween costumes began in Scotland in 1585 with the custom coming from Celtic festivals. Halloween costumes were traditionally based on supernatural or terrifying characters but by the 30’s, costume trend took a turn with more of them being based on characters in mass media, film and literature.

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We hope everybody have a safe Halloween and enjoyed it as much as we did!

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