Monday, March 17, 2014

Passport Framing Sample

As we designed this piece, we started from the notion that the client wanted to show her father's passports from his first through his last, as kind of a timeline. As we discussed what she wanted the piece to convey, we decided on putting a custom background of images from the various passports as texture. The finished piece looks fantastic with dimension, texture, and most of all, a personal story.

Friday, August 30, 2013


We get asked quite often if we frame sports jerseys-we do. We prefer understated to over framed, and often will put them in a simple shadowbox style frame. This one is a basic black version.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Recent Pieces

It is always a pleasurable challenge to have a client bring in a unique piece to frame. We recently had two such pieces.

The first was a request to insert vintage postcards in to a house shaped frame, which we did using conservation techniques, and Ultra Vue invisible glass.

The second job was for a client who collects fighting objects, with a strict request to frame them not only using conservation techniques, but if possible, without string, wire of noticeable objects. After much strategizing, we came up with a method of attaching which we call a Gravity Hold. The client was thrilled, and so were we.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Open and designing for new clients

It's week two at our new West Portal location, and already we have had some wonderful interactions with the local clientele. In particular we have had the pleasure of meeting long time resident, and former head of the merchant's association, and long time entrepreneur Marc Troy. A spry, witty, dapper 90 years young, Marc is full of love and admiration for his local West Portal. He is also in love with his German shepherd dogs, and dropped of two meaningful pieces for us to frame. Thank you Marc.

Our small gallery is getting lots of attention with photos from The Luminous Land Photography. And we have hung some samples of various styles of framing which we offer to aid in our design process.
Soon we will post new finished pieces, so check back with us.

Thank you for your interest in Marin Frames.

Framing styles

Lots of moldings

Thursday, August 8, 2013

New West Portal official opening this weekend

Our new West Portal store is opening this weekend, and in preparation, we have finished decorating our store and windows. We will be having a wine and cheese reception this Saturday, August 10th from 11:00-7:00 and Sunday, August 11th from 10:00-4:00. We invite any and all art lovers to view our petite gallery, and beautifully remodeled space.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Floating Fabric Shadowbox

The client wanted this scarf to appear to be floating in the frame ("if possible no pins" she requested). She also fell in love with a leather black mat board, which was used as the substrate. As framers we thought the best presentation would be to encase the scarf between conservation clear glass and plexiglass (back) in order to preserve the artwork in case of breakage.

There is a space of approximately 3/4" between the bottom of the scarf and the substrate, creating a dramatic drop shadow. Note the subtle shadow cast in the frame in each of the photo examples below.

The result is a very unique floating fabric shadowbox.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Framing of a plate

Our client brought in a unique hand made ceramic plate, and wanted to be able to showcase the art without detracting from it with a frame. We chose a simple black moulding and a grey fabric substrate and walls, along with invisible glass for optimum viewing. Lastly, it was wired to be hung at a 45 degree angle to add another element of surprise.