The Guerrilla Framer

The Guerrilla Framer

By Paul Cascio The framing and art industry has undergone a number of changes in recent years. Some of these were by design, while others were forced. Many were positive, perhaps even revolutionary, including innovations in technology. Most were evolutionary, brought on by the ever-growing power of the Internet. Yet other changes, like the proliferation […]

Urban Ashes—An Eco-Conscious Business

Urban Ashes—An Eco-Conscious Business

By Linda Mariano Just under six years ago, Paul Hickman created Urban Ashes—a company that makes picture frames from recycled wood and other salvaged materials alongside a mission to create jobs for a transitional workforce. And although it may be a relatively new company, it’s one that is steeped in the fundamentals of good business: […]

Looking for Summer: Time for a Framing Change

Looking for Summer: Time for a Framing Change

By Tara Crichton Historically, spring is my favorite time of year. I say “historically” because this seems like the spring-that-wasn’t. Fall got co-opted by winter and spring has gotten bullied into submission, too. My personal response has been to revolt against the grey by bringing as much color into my personal space as possible. I […]

You, the Designer!

You, the Designer!

By Michael Pacitti What makes a good custom framing designer? You’ve probably heard me mention many times in my Color and Design seminars and workshops: “It might be time to change your job description to custom-framing designer rather than a custom framer.” Generally, custom framers are decorators, and that’s not a bad thing. However, they […]

Film Ink: Movie Memorabilia and Custom Framing

Film Ink: Movie Memorabilia and Custom Framing

By Kevin Burke Yesterday I had a nice chat with a friend—for 3 hours. It’s beyond fortunate that this chat took place in his living room with both of us in close proximity, otherwise our phone bills this month could have been measured in mortgage payments or, as we would have measured them, in loss […]

Attention to Detail

Attention to Detail

By Eric Jarmann As framers, our framing design habits tend to be influenced by various trends that crop up in the world of art and decor. Sometimes you have a favorite frame profile for a long time, but then eventually you eventually drop it from your repertoire. We all have that group of corner samples […]

Vintage Beauties: Diego Salazar and the Art of the Antique Frame

Vintage Beauties: Diego Salazar and the Art of the Antique Frame

Visit Diego Salazar’s gallery in Long Island City, Queens, and you’ll find a collection of art as compelling as it is unconventional. About 250 pieces hang in his main gallery, stacked one inside the other like Russian dolls. Some are covered in cherubs or crosses, others are gilded, and a few are more than 400 […]

Your Number One Resolution for 2014: Embrace Your Inner Designer

Your Number One Resolution for 2014: Embrace Your Inner Designer

The start of a new year always brings the opportunity for introspection and review. Beyond the regular New Year goals of extra exercise and better eating—which are rapidly abandoned due to the lack of excitement inherent in extra carrots and reps of burpees—there is real value in looking at your business and trying to see […]

Period Design Series: All About Art Deco

Period Design Series: All About Art Deco

By Michael Pacitti Period design is a fascinating field of study, and one that can help you do better business. Behind each frame lies a story that’s well worth knowing—and sharing. Did you know that most frames fall into one of thirteen periods of design? Knowing and understanding all the influences behind a frame can […]

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