The Faces of Frame Designs- Olivia Sanderson

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“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Olivia can frequently be caught daydreaming about all the little things in life. She is a currently a student at UMW pursuing a career in the arts. She has a love for dogs that is paralleled only for her love for frozen yogurt.

Her love for art spawned from those around her- her artist mother who homeschooled her most of her life, her close friends, and mentors like three fabulous art teachers who went above and beyond their contract to develop their students’ love for art and push them to be successful, and the fabulous bosslady Ceebs, who continually teaches and mentors her not only in framing, but in life’s little lessons (like how to properly fill out tax forms and make fruit punch).

Her favorite framing moments always involve tears (and definitively not from constantly staple-gunning herself in the hand). It’s those moments when a grandmother comes in with a card and a drawing from her grandson, just looking for the perfect way to keep it young forever. It’s the times when people come in with medals and badges from the fallen loved ones they’ve lost. It’s the times when people look at a piece of art and have no clue what they want to do with it, but know there is a right and a wrong way to do it, and just go with what feels right.

Her biggest advice for framing is to watch where your hand is placed when operating a staple gun. Or framing point gun. Or even a freshly sharpened pencil.

As an artist, Olivia loves to learn. As a person, Olivia loves to ask four million questions a day. Most of the time, the two exist simultaneously. Olivia has an inherent need to create and to work with others.

She loves babies and puppies, heavy metal bands and heavy metal bangles. She loves 17 of the 37 cookout milkshake flavors, and is a self-proclaimed geek (just mention Star Wars and she’ll start telling you about all the different Ewok dialects).

She had never considered working in a framing gallery, nor even really considered framing as an aspect of art. Opportunities are presented to those who need it most, sometimes in mysterious ways. Someone took a chance with Olivia, and turned out to be one of the best opportunities ever.

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