DESIGN | BACK TO THE BASICS
Over the last few years to an all-time peak in 2019 we’ve seen more awareness on environmentally savvy choices as well as lifestyle changes that focus on plant-based living, farm to table cuisine, sustainable materials and finding joy in the basics. Humankind seems to have revisited its relationship with nature and in turn people are taking an internal gage. So what does this mean for custom framing?
As larger movements are happening around us, individually we can’t help but examine how we fit into the equation. How is our lifestyle? Are we eating right? Are we doing enough for the environment? And so on. Coaxed by the trends of today, slowly we too push back life’s clutter in a self-reflection where we can begin to see what makes us “tick”. Why we make the choices that we do and what is important to us. Back to basics, we begin to see what truly gives us joy and evokes our passion. This has become the heartbeat of design.
As custom framers this is thrilling! Our passion is to frame your passions. To have you wake everyday and gaze upon what makes you feel inspired, blissful and hopeful. Art trends come and go but that fundamental inner joy brought on by an item that is unique to you is timeless.
Custom framing breaks down into 2 parts that together create the complete feeling when you look at your end piece: 1) the item you choose to frame 2) the overall frame design.
Hands down, what you choose to honour on your wall is the most important part of any inspiring piece. This item can be anything as long as it triggers something within you. The hardest part about this is to allow yourself to step outside of the box when selecting what to frame. It doesn’t have to cost a million dollars or be perfectly square-shaped to earn a spot on your wall. It simply has to make you smile, remember something or someone or encourage you to be the best version of you.
We often get asked by our clients if we think a certain item should be framed because it isn’t worth a lot of money or might be a little rough and our answer is always the same, “What does it mean to you?” Feelings are priceless; so in today’s age of focusing on the fundamentals and discovering internal happiness, open your eyes and hearts to the potential of everything as art.
The overall frame design can be considered the supporting role to your starring item. As custom framers part of a profession that still works with its hands and materials with somewhat of a node to the past, our goal is finding out what is important to you and your item and then bringing that to life so that with the right moulding and finish your unique values and item can shine.
There are countless moulding styles, colours and materials to choose from, so it’s easy to satisfy values such as using eco-friendly materials and selecting mouldings that talk to your home décor all while fitting the needs of your special item. Beyond moulding there are many design details and of course protective measures to keep your special item in top form.
We are thankful to be a part of a trade that is connected to the basics. As we cut and join mouldings with a process rooted in the past, we get to share in your journey of finding inner joy. Whatever goes on around us; whatever changes happen on a larger scale, the values and things that make our hearts happy is timeless and fundamentally ours.