Labor Day

So this coming Monday is Labor Day, the first thing I thought was “they spelt it wrong….it’s spelt LABOUR”, the second thing I thought (after running through all the other stuff that us Brits spell differently to you guys – color/COLOUR, neighbor/NEIGHBOUR, humor/HUMOUR etc) was that I’ll be just fine as long as I remove the letter “U” from everything. Because we realize that people don’t always have the time to come by before or after work to get that certain special picture framed, we’re going to be open from 11am to 4pm on Labo(u)r day just for you..! So far I’ve seen us frame everything from a certificate hand signed by President Obama and Hilary Clinton, to a really cool poster for one of my favourite (yes that’s how we spell favorite in London) bands The National’s 2010 tour or Europe, so if you think that it’s just pictures Continued reading →

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Framing a Canvas

ART on 5th favors framing canvases a bit different than your average frame shop.  Most people think that if piece of art is on canvas, you can only do a gallery wrap, which is nowhere near true. Some canvases are “stretched,” meaning the canvas is stapled on the sides of the stretcher bars.  Others are “gallery wrapped” with the image continuing on the sides or a border to wrap around the stretcher bars.                           Either way it can be framed! And believe it or not, there are plenty of options. One option is to frame it the traditional way with a liner, fillet and outer frame. Liners are used for canvases or other three-dimensional pieces whereas mats are used for artwork on paper, photographs, diplomas etc.  What is the difference?  Liners have an inner lip called a rabbet Continued reading →

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New to custom framing?

I’m Steve and I’m the new Business Manager here at Art on 5th. I’ve just come all the way from London England to Austin and have to say that so far I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen. Not only do you have amazing food, vibrant nightlife and an amazing music scene, you’ve got a killer custom frame shop right here at Art on 5th. Coming from a gallery background in London I thought I’d seen it all but I’ve seriously seen nothing like the setup here. I was totally blown away by the huge frame selection and the numerous mounting options on offer. Most of all I was impressed with the expert advice offered by Mary and Haley. They have this amazing way of finding something sympathetic to the piece and guiding you through the numerous samples once you’ve given them an idea of what you have in mind. Continued reading →

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