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A Bookpage Jigsaw Masterpiece

    We like to get creative with framed display pieces at Foursided. This gallery piece is a true labor of love created from a vintage book page. Our dedicated framer sliced and diced each historical image and pieced them back together again for this spectacular effect.

    BookCover_webIn framing lingo this process is called a plateau mount (or a whole bunch of plateau mounts in this case) where each piece is separately mounted to foam core to create a floating illusion. We can do this on your piece too with photos and the like for a elevated finish!

    closeup2_webOur framer puzzle pieced the images back together with super precision. Bet you wish you thought of it first…

    Yet another, oh so popular, linen mat backdrops the images. A lovely sepia tone with a silk weave, this mat compliments the aged appeal of the photographs.

    close-up_webSpacers (typically clear) keep the glass from touching the image and add room for the foam-core build-up that we’ve created behind each image. That is the secret behind the dramatic resulting drop shadow from any angle.

    SpeedyFramed_webHave an article or book page that wants to be forever preserved? Foursided can create this one-of-a-kind effect for you and more with any oddball keepsakes


    Our Lady in Red

      Final_YellowCanvas_webSometimes in the world of framing you need to take an extra step to get you where you need to go. In the case of our lady in red, she required a grand frame that was much too shallow for the existing canvas. Don’t panic! There are always creative solutions to make the frame you have your heart set on work out. The best option in this case was to re-stretch the canvas on new, less deep stretcher bars or choose a frame with enough depth to fit the height of the original.

      Angled_Crop_webOur client opted to re-stretch their bright yellow canvas so the two fit together like a puzzle piece. A perfect match! The lines of the original painting were perfectly matched by our professionals (don’t try that at home!).

      Splice_Yello_webAnd isn’t she lovely… aaah. So many song lyrics could work here.

      Pièce de Résistance

        Get ready to be schooled. Another gorgeous piece from Foursided! This client had twelve (yes twelve!) unique pieces that he requested be shadowbox framed in identical white lacquer finish moulding with a bright white linen matboard behind it.

        Foursided_Collar3_webAll but one are antique, embroidered silk cloud collars with floral, animal and insect motifs. Instead of a rustic, vintage look our customer opted to give the pieces a contemporary makeover using stark white contrast and encouraging every detail to pop.

        Collar_closeupNever heard of a cloud collar? Also known as yun chien, this style of intricate ensemble has existed for thousands of years. It originated as a four-lobed collar representing the clouds (sometimes with overlapping lobes as pictured above). The body represents the axis (or earth) with the head going through the collar into the sky gate or spiritual part of the body.

        CollarSplice_Foursided_webIntroduced as a status symbol and worn only by noblewoman, eventually the tradition was passed down to celebration and coming of age garments. Certain symbols represent prosperity and success for the wearer such as the six insects pictured in the silk collar below:

        Insects_webOnto the good framing stuff! Each collar needed to be laboriously hand stitched to the white mat and centered meticulously. Every framer had their turn with the thimble and thread. How worth the effort it was though, each more stunning than the last!

        Foursided_Collar4_webStitching away!

        Foursided_Collar1_webEmbroidered perfection…