A client arrived at the shop with this wonderful tattoo by Shawn Dubin on her arm: an image of Robert Smith from The Cure in an Edward Gorey-esque frame. LOVE!
She had three of the artist's preliminary sketches for the tattoo and wanted to frame them together in one frame.
We decided it should be 3 ovals, and a framed in a dark Victorian style (ok, goth).
The frame is a very wide ornate imperial frame with a sable rag mat. I also used tall spacers for no particular conservation advantage, but just for effect here. I wanted to really recess the art like a shadowbox. And in working the piece, I soon discovered that the ovals had to be three different sizes. This actually worked better visually--I think the layout & design are now reminiscent of Victorian botanical/insect specimens and recessing the art only enhanced the effect.