Category: Creativity

In 1918, an upside-down biplane was mistakenly printed on the 24 cent airmail stamp. Only 100 of the original stamps were sold, and they are valued among philatelists at around $100,000 per stamp. Normally, a print inspector or postal clerk would have caught the misprint immediately. However, the clerk who sold the original sheet of inverted jenny stamps said, “How was I to know the thing was upside down? I never saw an airplane before.”

In 2013, the USPS reprinted the famous and rare inverted jenny to the chagrin of hardcore stamp collectors. According to USPS policy, “Postal Service employees should refrain from intentionally creating philatelic rarities.” Agency watchdogs suggest that the post office violated its own code by recreating rare stamp in order to make money.

We aren’t really philatelists, but we know a good framing subject when we see one. Our inverted jenny sheet is floated and matted with TrueVue museum glass and a Superior Moulding frame.

Read more: HERE and HERE

In the framing world, a fillet (typically pronounced “fill-it”) is a super small frame with a reverse lip that fits inside a traditional frame or under a mat. Fillets can provide extra flair or dramatic enhancement to a frame, or incorporate an additional level of showcasing to a piece of art.

You may notice that the ornate fillet around pastel madonna adds a touch of elegance to the rustic style frame. Our 1st place chapter winner featured a blue frame fillet matching the bold blue in the needlepoint. Finally, the beautiful Belle is displayed with a bold mat rimmed in a delicate fillet, giving her design the right amount of sass to match her personality, per the owner.

 

Fillets exponentially grow the creative possibilities of framing design, and as we always say, the more creative options the more fun to be had!

“A hundred thousand welcomes” is the English translation of this Gaelic salutation. This cross-stitch was laced over an archival board, matted, and framed with a perfectly patterned moulding. These projects showcase the time, talent, and creativity of needle artists, and we are experts at helping our customers achieve their finished piece. I wonder how one might express “a hundred thousand stitches”?

 

Many years ago we decided it was important to try and be as good as we can be in what we do.  That was our business plan.

Valerie became the first Master Certified Picture Framer (MCPF) in Minnesota in 2014.  This was a big deal for us and has opened up many opportunities as well.

Valerie has continued to contribute to the framing industry and this January she will compete in a national framing competition in Las Vegas in January 2017.

These efforts help push us to be better at our job.  And this is only the beginning.

 

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/enculturation

“Enculturation”, 2012 by Cynthia Weitzel

Your creativity will outlive you and nobody is getting out of this life alive.

That is a certainty and if you can accept that, than maybe you will ponder this: since you are not going to be around, how will you be remembered?

 

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