Vintage or Heritage – Frameworthy!

Vintage or Heritage?

 

Old photos for framing

What’s the Difference?

Vintage and Heritage are two terms that are frequently used interchangeably, but is there a difference in their definitions? As with many words, there can be multiple meanings, especially when you consider how they are used and in what context.

Old Photo Frame

Heritage involves something that is ‘handed down’ from the past, such as a sentimental heirloom, tradition, or culture. It evokes a personal tie with history. Heritage can also be an item or a place that brings on a nostalgic feeling of tradition (like a portrait of your great-great-grandmother) or has historical significance (like a World Heritage Site).

Car photo frame

Vintage is sometimes synonymous with ‘old’ but will frequently be in reference to a specific period of time. One of the most used definitions of Vintage is regarding wine (vintage is the year in which the grapes were harvested). You can own a vintage 60’s outfit or a vintage car from the 30’s or a vintage Victorian frame…the importance is more about the era it came from and not the personal connection.

In custom framing, Heritage generally refers to family history (think genealogy), something that is passed down from previous generations…. and Vintage refers to something that basically means ‘old’, something from a previous time.
Is it either/or, or can something be both Vintage AND Heritage? Yes! Look at these examples. We think any picture, hand-written note, or personal treasure handed down through the generations is heritage and can be considered heirlooms… but these items are also old and hearken back to a specific time….so they are vintage as well! You make the call!

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Archival Materials

Because we want your art or heirlooms to survive for a lifetime without change of color, damage from glues, or out-gassing from materials that are not acid-free, we use the very best materials for your projects. We’re happy to tell you all about it.

Remember Framing
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Photo Restoration & Printing
We all have old pictures that look faded and torn. Many fingers have touched them, or tape and thumbtacks have compromised the quality. Not to worry – we can digitally fix that for you. Ask us how.

Your World On Your Wall

Summer Décor Refresh
Is your home ready for summer visitors? Give your home a fresh look so you can be proud to show it off. We can help you choose art, frame it and install it. Stop in, give us a call or email us to learn more.

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Go for the Gold and get the Best!

GO FOR THE GOLD…and get the BEST!

“The Gold Standard” is the example by which everything else is measured: it’s the best. When you see a gold frame on an art masterpiece, you might think it looks timeless, luxurious, and valuable. How can you bring that quality look and feel into your home? Here are a few examples of using gold in your art and framing.

SHOW OFF WITH GOLD ARTWORK

You most likely have seen Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss, in which the use of gold-leaf is prominent. Klimt was heavily influenced by Byzantine mosaics during his Golden Period.

These gold collector medallions were meant to be shown off. Because the medallions are small, they were united with a creative mat design and used a gold frame to balance the look.

The use of gold brings this artwork to life and enhances the detail. To avoid overpowering the art, a contrasting frame was used.

This is an engraving made on a piece of gold metal plate. It is a beautiful and unusual piece of art that belongs in a frame to protect it from bending and other damage that can happen to a soft metal.

MAKE AN IMPRESSION WITH GOLD FRAMES

When a piece of art is this small (6”x6”), it needs a little help from a mat so that it doesn’t get neglected. The art is modern and high-contrast, so it is best to keep the surrounding elements the same. A simple black mat and sleek gold frame does the trick.

Veterans, thank you for your Service. What a great way to honor your favorite veteran by framing their important military papers. Veterans Day is everyday!

Art isn’t always flat. This beautiful three-dimensional sculpture is surrounded by an equally beautiful gold frame, creating a show-stopper.

Mothers Day!

Maya Angelou said, “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
Show the Mothers in your life how much you care. Frame a cherished memento for her. Mother’s Day is May 8th this year!

More Precious than GOLD!

ADD A TOUCH OF

GOLD WITH

MATBOARDS and FILLETS!!

This wedding invitation is subtle yet striking. The muted golds and silvers are soft and opulent without being gaudy.

Do you notice that small inner gold frame? That’s a fillet, (pronounced ‘fill-it’) and it can provide a finishing touch to your art. Notice how your eye is drawn to the focal point of the art?

A wedding lasts only moments but your love is unending. Frame your cherished wedding day memory.

A diploma is more than just a piece of paper; it represents years of hard work and deserves a frame worthy of the effort. Frame those gold tassels!

Military service is honorable and steeped in tradition. Tasteful use of gold can exemplify that service.

The gold medal is the goal of the Olympics. If you were lucky enough to attend an Olympics event, go for the gold when framing your memories!

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Top Ten Reasons to use your Local Custom Picture Framer

Thanks for being a loyal customer! We think you’re pretty amazing, and we hope the feeling is mutual. Here’s a reminder of some of the reasons you keep coming back to your favorite local framer (that’s us!! wink ).

We guarantee the craftmanship of your project for life! We will repair or replace any portion of the project that exhibits a defect in materials or craftsmanship. Coverage does not apply to damage caused by abuse, transport, or exposure to the elements. Applies only to materials and workmanship provided by us. Come and visit us at our store or at our home page for the details.

Earth Day is April 22

We are so very thankful for planet earth that we have been blessed to live on. It is amazing…the more I study it the more I stand in awe of its Creator! Most of our vendors are involved in re forestation to replenish what has been harvested. Let’s all do our part to preserve & maintain it too!

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is not far away. What are the Top 10 Reasons you love Mom? Put a smile on her face by framing a picture from the past. Be aware it might bring tears, too. Bring the tissues!!!

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies? We teased about cookies, so here’s a link to the classic Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe. Now if they were only Gluten Free!

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…and the Winner Is… Red Carpet Worthy Picture Framing

The Academy Awards

The 94th Academy Awards will be televised on March 27th. The nominees for Best Picture are…
Belfast; Coda;
Don’t Look Up;
Drive My Car; Dune;
King Richard; Licorice Pizza;
Nightmare Alley;
The Power of the Dog;
West Side Story

Did You Know?

Each Oscar statue is gold plated, weighs 8.5 pounds, and costs $500 to produce. Academy Award winners have to sign an agreement stating that if they want to sell their statue, the Academy has first rights to buy it for only $1!

WE HAVE A WINNER

 

Our

PICTURE of the YEAR

winner!!

 

 

 

 

Our Framing Nook AcademyAwards Picture of the Year award goes to Dianne Kaechele! We would like to honour her for her amazing skills in diamond artwork!  Congrats Dianne , and keep making those beautiful pieces of artwork!

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…AND THE WINNER IS…

Red Carpet Worthy Picture Framing

It’s award season! The Oscars might get all the attention right now, but our creative picture framing designs are a winner every time. Break out the champagne, dress to the nines, and keep scrolling to view our red carpet worthy projects.

BEST MATTING:

Look magazine was published from 1946 to 1970; this issue featuring Marilyn Monroe is definitely a collector’s item worthy of framing. The Look logo has a black and gray background, so we used the same colors and pattern in the matting for a creative design.

BEST Frame:

Although she was in 47 films, Jean Harlow never won an Oscar. Known as the Blonde Bombshell, she became one of Hollywood’s most enduring actresses despite a relatively short career. What frame is movie star worthy and works with a boudoir portrait like this one? A mirrored frame, of course.

BEST TV Memory:

Several generations have grown up watching The Andy Griffith Show. It was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Comedy Show three times but never won. We think this framing is a winner, though! This autographed photo from the show was framed with a rustic, vintage design to match the era and outdoorsy nature of the program.

BEST Design:

Picture Framing can be wonderfully creative! The award for Best Design goes to this movie buff ensemble including a clapboard, film canister and film. We made the matting resemble actual frames of a movie reel. What a great conversation piece for a home theatre!

BEST Drama:

Andy Warhol painted Marilyn Monroe in the early 60’s and became known as a leader in the Pop Art movement. The bright usage of color in this silkscreen brings to life Marilyn Monroe’s iconic status and celebrity glamour. For our frame design, we wanted something bold and dramatic. Black never fails for drama, and the curvy gold frame emphasizes the curls in her hair.

BEST Replica:

Movie posters are widely available these days but framing them doesn’t have to look generic or cheap. We wanted the framing of this Frankenstein movie poster to replicate the look and feel of the original 1931 classic. By stacking three golden frames together, we replicated the drama and glamour of 1930s Hollywood, the bygone era of the gilded movie theatre.

BEST Actor:

This little movie star deserves an award worthy frame! Turn the stars in your life (your kids, grandkids, parents, best friends…) into legends by framing a photo of them. Look through your favorite pictures, find the ones that have the most ‘Hollywood’ glam, and frame it to match that star’s personality. How would you frame this photograph?

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A Different Way to Frame

A DIFFERENT WAY!

“We mostly see what we have learned to expect to see.”     – Betty Edwards

It’s always fun to see something in a different way – especially when you are framing a piece of art. Maybe the final design you decide upon wasn’t what you thought it would be. We love showing you the possibilities of how color, frames, and matting can change the look and feel of what you frame. There isn’t just one way to frame a treasure! Here are different ways to frame the same art.

BABY PORTRAIT: This darling cuddly baby deserves to be surrounded by a
frame that is warm and soft. The frames all share a delicate element, tying in
with the nature of the portrait. There is no need for matting because the blanket
in the portrait serves that visual purpose.

ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE: Abstract art naturally lends itself to a world of
possibilities. This focal point is obvious, but do you go with the neutral mat? Or
a mat the color of sunshine? Or the color of the mountains? How fun do you
want it to be?

RUSTIC HOME: Here’s a throwback look of a rugged house in the woods.
Because it has a subtle, serene feel, we didn’t get too crazy with the design. We
varied the mat colors just a bit. Which one works for you?

MOTHER AND DAUGHTER: Mother and daughter, is there anything more
special? A classic black mat was used to contrast with the lightness of the
portrait. So, the next question is what kind of frame? A striking bold silver, a
feminine antique, or a gentle silver with soft curves mimicking the waves in
their hair?

WEDDING PORTRAIT: The wedding portrait is timeless, but what style is best for you?

1. A soft black frame for a strong feel but doesn’t compete with the groom’s suit.
2. A traditional gold frame with soft curves for an elegant look.
3. A silver frame to soften the feel, yet still quite elegant.
4. A classic wood frame with black accents to tie it all together.
5. Or a pure white frame encircling the bride’s dress.

Do you know how many mat choices you have? 

 

We have 1,644 to pick from! 

• Fabric mats – linen, silk, burlap. These mats give your artwork different looks, from elegant to vintage to casual.
• Mats made to look suede for a rich, soft look. PS – they’re not really suede!
• Mats with different color cores (the beveled white line you see at the edge of a mat) offer a more personalized touch to the art. Cream for an antique look, black for a defining line, and colors for fun.
• ‘Rag’ mats when you want the very best. They are the best because they are made from 100% cotton. They have no properties that can harm the art.
• There are ‘Leather’ mats for a masculine or wild west look.
• Even sports mats that looks like pigskin or a golf ball – even TURF!!!

POMEGRANATE
PAINTING:
This lovely painting depicts ripe pomegranates harvested from the landscape in the background. Do you choose the lively silver frame with wood accents and curves that work with the pomegranates, or the gold/silver coloring to coordinate with your décor? Or a darker coloring for contrast? The choice is yours.

DIFFERENT can be AWESOME!!!!
You don’t want your framed art to look like everybody else’s. Come in today and let us show you the possibilities for your art.

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