of some recent projects:
The Phanatic, gilded style--
A client brought in a 150 year old heirloom sampler in an antique frame with verre églomisé (reverse painted glass). This style of framing fell into oblivion in the inter-war era (1915-1945) and was a lost art until techniques were reinvented around 1990 [source]. Cross-stitch samplers were generally done by school girls. Love the perfection of the imperfections here--missing letters, letters out of order, and this is the first time I've seen one including the Hebrew alphabet, too! Such a lovely thing to have!
Here it is all unframed.
We reframed using a linen mat with a hunter green bevel accent for depth and drama, and a rounded wood frame with a vaguely greenish tint.
Next up is a very modern wedding shadowbox. The wedding included a handfasting ceremony. The client wanted the ribbons displayed, so I made a loose knot as if the joined hands fit inside (also made it slightly heart-shaped there in the center) and splayed the ends out diagonally. Ribbons were secured with a combination of clear monofilament and stitchery tape.
Here it is with me fitting the sidewalls. Most shadowboxes get lined with sidewalls the same color as the background for a polished look.