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.

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.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hand Gilded Frame

Recently Finished Pieces

A client brought in a German print which she wanted to frame in something unique. After designing with pre-finished mouldings, we looked at our custom hand-gilded styles, and she chose one of those.
Beneath the stunning gold gilding is a deep red Bole, or base color. Through areas of less gilding one can clearly see the rich red color coming through. The client was very pleased, and we thank her for the opportunity.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Our partnership with Cavallo Point

Marin Frames and Cavallo Point

We are very proud of our relationship with Cavallo Point and the gallery in the Mercantile. In the past year, Marin Frames has worked with the gallery director on two major exhibitions:
"Visions of the Golden Gate at 75" and just recently, "Wind, Water, Winning-the works of Gilles Martin-Raget".

For both of these prestigious shows, Marin Frames was charged with all of the exhibition printing, and framing. The number of pieces per show was 25-30, and each project was delivered on time.

We thank Leigh Vogen, gallery director, for her continued support of our work.

Visions of the Golden Gate at 75 show

Wind, Water, Winning show