November Artist of the Month- Johnny Johnson


Frame Designs Artist of the Month November 2016 Johnny Johnson is a Fredericksburg favorite. Originally from North Carolina, the artist is now one of the key artists in our growing community. He came from humble beginnings, in what he describes as an “unsophisticated background”. From an incredibly young age, he was frequently caught doodling in church bulletins, an action that he continued into his adulthood. Throughout his young life, Johnny had no art teacher in school, but a mentor that encouraged him to go to an art school despite the negative stigma on the major in those days.   His …

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Featured Framing of the Week- Cutlery!


This week, we framed a set of utensils a customer had acquired in an antique store. We chose a deep silver shadowbox for the pieces due to their size as well as their weight. We needed a sturdy enough frame to support the heavy weight of the silver pieces. The customer brought in her own silk material that we attached to a piece of acid free foamcore in lieu of a mat. We also made mat spacers from the same silk material so that there was enough of a gap between the framed pieces and the glass. The pieces were …

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Rabbits, Rarebits, and Rabbets.

A rabbit is a cute little animal with a fuzzy tail and a pink nose.  They hop about, eating grass and they squeak if you squeeze them. But don’t squeeze them.  They aren’t very useful in framing. Rarebit is delicious.  It is described as cheese melted with ale or beer served over toast.  It is not recommended to use with framing either. Rabbets are the inside edge of a frame going from the face to the back of the frame.  These are very important to know about.  Some frames have a shallow rabbet as small as ¼”.  They would work well …

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