We’re often asked about value in relation to what to frame. Things like, Do you think this is worth framing? It’s really not an expensive piece, but I’ve held onto it for years. Do you think I should invest in framing it?
Our response is always the same. What does the piece mean to you.
Our clients go on to tell us the story of how they’ve come to have the item and through the story the worth of the piece is apparent. It might not have a price tag of very much but the meaning behind the item is huge.
At this point, our job becomes more than framing up just an item. We’re preserving the story behind the item. The invaluable treasure that, gets to become an heirloom to family, is a memory, a part of someone’s journey that yes indeed warrants a frame.
Recently, during an on-site design consultation for a client who was recovering from a stroke, we were handed a large rumpled piece of brown craft paper. She asked us to take a look and see whether it was worth framing. Glued and taped on to the paper were a compilation of inspirational quotes, drawings and get-well notes that her friends had put together as a source of encouragement. What could be more important to have hanging on the wall than this testament to the love and support of her friends?
We tipped the craft paper ‘as is’ on a black mat so as to show all of the creases and marks that tell the story of how the paper was passed around from friend to friend in its creation. We framed it simply with a handcrafted black metal frame from Larson Juhl and added glass for protection. Now this special piece can hang in her bedroom bringing her daily inspiration.
The next time you question whether something should be framed think about your story. Why did you hang onto it for years? What does it mean to you? And then let us help keep those invaluable pieces and stories safe.