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COVID killed picture framing, true or false dichotomy?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWe write this post "COVID killed picture framing, true or false dichotomy?" by way of a hopeful obituary to the dreaded COVID pandemic which, and picture-framing-and-theCOVID-effectsthough largely on the wane,   disrupted most nations around world and nearly everyone's life during the last couple of years or so.  With a focus on the picture framing industry, the epidemic appears to have had vastly different business results, depending on which sector, or specialization of the industry a business practised. This was certainly true in our case since our two main income streams were, and still are, the making of custom picture frames, and the ...

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Of picture frames on picture ledges and of picture frames on walls

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWe can reasonably surmise that walls, shelves, window sills, fireplace mantels, floors and chairs even, have always served as either hanging, resting,  or standing picture-frames-and-photo-frames-on-a-picture-ledge points for photo frames and picture frames for centuries. But it is only in these last few years that ledges and floating shelves, upon which picture frame may be rested upon, have become a fashion's must-have. All the display homes, homewares and department stores seem to be replete with them, in all shapes, colours and sizes. Many home owners are also a little nervous at the prospect of having to design and install a wall gallery system. Not only there’s the main commitment problem of having to make holes everywhere, but ...

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When black is the new black …

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhen Customers asks us if black picture frames are still fashionable we often answer with this old aphorism “Black is the new black”.  collage-of-black-custom-picture-framesIn fact, picture frames with black mouldings is our single and most popular product.  Which bring us to that old conundrum, the colour black isn’t a really colour!  Contradictory?  Well, check out any rainbow.  You ought to be able to sequentially see, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet but not black.  This is because black is darkness, or the absence of light and  not on the visible colour spectrum.  Technically then, neither black nor white are  ...  

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When no seems to be the hardest word ..

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconYes, we’re making  an intended  pun here to Elton John’s famous 1976 ballad, picture-framing-salesperson-declining-a-customer-request but the sentiment, how to say some thing tough firmly. but nicely, such as the negation, no;  is much the same.  While custom picture framers the world over pride themselves  on customer service, sometimes, someone, someplace will have to say no to some Customers’ requests. And saying no to, anyone, especially Customers who are our business lifeblood and livelihood, can be the hardest word, as the song says. We are no different, and over the years we have had to respectfully decline various types of requests ..

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MDF wood frames instead of PVC plastic frames help reduce global warming

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To many of our Staff,  Customers and people we know,  grew  up in the 1970’s, 1980s’ or even earlier , the statement "MDF wood frames help  Attachment Details MDF-wood-picture-framereduce global warming" could seem nonsensical. Back then plastic was fantastic, it was so cheap and convenient, we couldn’t make, buy or use enough of  the staff.  It was literally and still largely is, ubiquitous, and the picture framing industry was no different from the others.  While the custom picture framers never bought much, if any, of the plastic stuff,  just about everyone else did.   PVC ( plastic ) mouldings were, and still are,  a major part  of the mass-produced photo frames and picture frames.  Just about every picture frames wholesaler, discount chain, department store, chemist chain and discount ...

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Made in Australia? Are you kidding?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSome weeks ago a senior Customer came to our factory wanting us to make some custom size glass clip frames.  The picture-frames-not-made-in-australiadesired, odd-size clip frames were to match other existing ones on her family wall.  There had been new additions to her clan, she said, and she wanted the wall photos decor to match. She volunteered that she was a pensioner and could not afford to pay much.  Also, she helpfully added, she knew what the prices of the clip frames should be.  Since the special size clip frames that she wanted were smaller than the A3 clip frames she saw on our display for $6.65, hers should ...

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In praise of white picture frames

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It wasn’t really that long ago that white picture frames were thought of, insipid, bland and without character.  Older blue-print-with-white-frame-and-white-window-matpicture framers clearly remember the times when white picture frames were only for special  occasions, special persons or special places. Only the occasional Customer would only come in asking for frames in this colour. We would be told that the frames were for a  wedding, and of course the bride would be wearing white. Or for baby or little girl’s room, since white invariably brings innocence and purity to mind. Or that there would be a special event with that white ...

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Why “composite wood” MDF picture frames are supplanting “real wood” picture frames

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In a nutshell, this is happening because more customers want cheap picture frames than expensive picture frames Photo frames with picture frames made with MDF wood it’s that simple, hence this post " Thank you for reading our post "Why "composite wood" MDF picture frames are supplanting "real wood". But the reasons for and background to this answer are  deeper and more, complicated. From the probable beginnings of approximately 2000 years ago men ( and women ) cut real wood from real tree forests to make the four sticks needed for a picture frame ...

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Framing graffiti art : Controversial art or visual abomination?

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconThe framing of graffiti art, whether controversial art or visual abomination, is a big question. Where did graffiti come from:   The word graffiti comes from the Italian nouns “graffito” and  “graffio” meaning Art print of graffiti to be picture framed “a little scratch”.  It has been assimilated into the English language to denote any casual writing or design marked on a wall or timber structure.  Oddly enough though, if it’s been done on a rock it’s rack it’ called a petroglyph.  There’s no great need to describe what a graffito or graffiti are.  The oldest ones seem to date back tp 2,500 years BC and,  unsurprisingly, are erotic and depict both genitalia and coitus thus ...

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Planning your first art exhibition

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So, you’ve been doodling, drawing, painting, sculpting, modelling, welding, photographing or otherwise crafting your art for years. Now you are confident and read art picture frames and picture framing art exhibitiony and want the world to see your artistic works which deserves to be seen, viewed, admired and hopefully, sold. Having curated the picture framing and picture frames aspect of exhibitions  for many years, we can suggest a few helpful ways towards your inaugural show and hence our post "Planning your first art exhibition".  Plan your exhibition: It always pays to mindmap one’s art exhibitions, especially inaugural ones. You will find it ...

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