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The Softer Side of Framing

    There is a more serious side to framing that we often encounter at Foursided but you won’t often see in the blogs and social media. Memorials and keepsakes are an important aspect of framing. Taking the time to frame your keepsakes or photographs can do more than spice up your walls, but also bring someone encouragement and comfort.

    Bengal_Foursided_webOne of our customers was greatly affected by the tragic loss of great actor and inspiration: Robin Williams. In this piece we memorialized a playbill from Rajiv Joseph’s play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo starring Robin Williams and signed in his own hand. The playbill is now more precious than ever and we wanted to make sure it had a frame and finish worthy of the memory.

    BengalTiger_Foursided_web2The playbill was hinged to a white matboard background for a clean, unassuming finish that would let the piece breathe. Floating a piece in this fashion is one of the few cases where a small amount of mat border is preferable. The entire playbill was kept in tact with all its pages in a similar fashion to the Wendigen Framing pieces and maintained its delicate demeanor.

    Bengal_Foursided_web4Pictured above: our Foursided framer builds petite walls with the white matboard to create a shadowbox feel but not overwhelm the piece. A simple gold frame with slight, ornate finishes lends a formality and respect to the finished product. It truly is a stunning remembrance now forever preserved.

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    Diggin’ the Wendingen Magazine

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      1918 – 6 Mathieu Lauweriks

      Another show-stopping framing project at Foursided! Have you ever heard of Wendingen Magazine? If not, it is about time you did! Wendingen (meaning ‘turnings’ or ‘changes’) was an art magazine aimed at architects and interior designers that appeared from 1918 to 1932. The booklet was published by Amsterdam publisher Hooge Brug. Way before its time in style and striking typography, Wendingen initially was an important platform for Dutch expressionism.

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      116 extremely progressive issues were published featuring specials on Gustav Klimt, Diego Rivera, Erich Mendelsohn, Frank Lloyd Wright and also focusing on various art forms including architecture, interior design, sculpture, ceramics, graphic arts, theatre, dance and even natural phenomena such as shells and crystals. Looking at these distinct covers, you would never know they were developed so early.

      Wendigen_Foursided_web3Our clever client scouted these two gorgeous original issues on his trip to Amsterdam and tasked Foursided with framing them whole. If you’ve seen our step-by-step process blog you probably know that the majority of cases require removing the cover from a booklet to frame it and secure it down.

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      But this time, we used complex techniques and framing secrets to attach the booklet without harming or permanently affixing it. The matboard is built up substantially underneath to keep the glass off the booklet cover and protect it. Two matching, clean and classic wood frames finish the pieces off in style.

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      1929 – 3 Diego Rivera

      You can see the awesome shadowbox environment created with this treatment. It would fit flawlessly next to other works at any Modern Art Museum…or in your living room!

      Artist Spotlight: David Birkey

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        Foursided is obsessed with David Birkey’s Illinois State Maze prints at our stores! His work runs the full gambit of media and style. Check out his portfolio at: davidbirkey.com! We had the chance to dig a little deeper into his creative psyche in this exclusive interview on the Foursided custom framing blog. Read it here, right now: chicagocustomframing.com