The world and his dog like to frame posters, photos and fine art. But such traditional domestic adornments are not everyone's cup-of-tea. Many of us prefer, instead, to give wall-space to treasured items that elicit vastly more personal appeal. This article provides an insight into the fascinating and immense array of unusual objects that picture-framers EasyFrame have been asked, over the years, to encapsulate for posterity.
But what rocks your boat might still be popular culture. EasyFrame has created custom frames to fit scores of collector's items that don't necessarily fit standard frame sizes (recently for a customer who had some great 'Avengers' artwork).
As you'll also gather we've celebrated the obsessions that aficionados have with everything from Wallace and Gromit to wands and Gellert Grindelwald (please don't ask!)
Made-to-measure frames can set off, to their best advantage, mementoes of key moments in lives well-spent, snapshots that celebrate milestones that shouldn't be consigned to a seldom-seen photo-album. All you need to do is decide what you wish to conserve, figure out whether you want canvas frames, metal picture frames or whatever, determine any further specifications, and leave the job to professionals - or have a good framer supply all you need. (We're talking about custom mounts, custom photo frames and more.)
Researching this article I was struck by the breadth of human interests and activities that the archives demonstrate. For example there was somebody who had collected and had framed literally hundreds of bowling-club buttons. And there are customers who spend their time outside chasing butterflies with nets through Peruvian tropical forests whilst, in stark contrast, their counterparts who prefer to attend no-holds-barred martial-arts bouts. Yes I'm aware that both pursuits involve brutality. But, from the framer's perspective, both also require dexterity with mounts and made-to-measure picture frames.
The right mounts and frames let exhibits float like butterflies and sting like bees. The glove belonged to former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor. The butterfly is labelled as 'Prepona' which is a genus, but the author is unsure if it is of the species praeneste, laertes, deiphile, dexamenus, pheridamas, pylene or werneri. Indeed the owner may not know. But readers might put us all out of our misery. Answers on a postcard please. But, in any case, it's not threatened. Otherwise we'd never have touched the job.
Amongst many hundreds of custom framings I found, as I guess one should expect, that military careers and courage were frequently commemorated and proudly portrayed using what we'd call multi-aperture frames.
Viewing evidence of so many obsessions makes one ponder who was responsible for some of the framings. In particular one must wonder if a woman would want to showcase a Talbot radiator cap or feel that a couple of Formula 1 wheel-nuts were exactly what she needed above the mantelpiece or behind the chintzy curtains. Were these pieces destined to grace bachelor apartments or were wives simply indulging their husbands? I guess we'll never know.
That said, EasyFrame has executed plenty of framing jobs that reflect domestic harmony. These have included the most intricate filigree laser-cut romantic art as well as sugar flowers that are surely too beautiful to eat and which must, in all likelihood, have formerly adorned a wedding-cake.
Some of the custom picture frames that EasyFrame has assembled have displayed contents that are equally artistic, which again reflect domestic bliss and family life, yet they are far-from-fragile. The extra-large 'Scrabble'-type tiles below, graphically illustrating how a family are joined at the hip, is one example. The 'patchwork clock' is another.
What all of this creativity tells us is that people want to put their own stamp on a property and transform it into a home. They want to decorate it with artefacts that reaffirm lives, conversation-pieces that tell visitors 'this is me; this is who I am'.
These last two examples, above, typify what custom framing is all about. One can be thousands of miles from one's heritage, beliefs, ancestors and historic culture. Yet there on one's wall one can have a perpetual reminder that one's home is wherever one lays one's hat. And that one should share the blessing one has, in simply having a home and the means to adorn it, with visitors.
If you're interested in framing anything a little unusual for your home or workplace, whether you're thinking of doing it yourself or putting the job in the hands of experts, then ask EasyFrame. They have the skills and materials, and will work with you or for you to create the masterpiece you want. They're on 01234 856 501 and / or firstname.lastname@example.org - and they'll always chat even if you don't want to buy!
Article Posted: 05/09/2018 09:31:10