Free Framing Friday

Free Framing Friday One Day Only! BLACK FRIDAY 10-6 pm Exclusive – One Day Only! Buy any piece of art Black Friday ONLY And Receive FREE Framing Equal to 25% of the Purchase Price of the Unframed Art Use your framing credit on your art  purchase or anything else you wish  to frame, with no expiration date! Use your credit now or use it later  This deal may not be combined with any other coupons/deals in one purchase.

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Hanging original street art by Swoon

Every now and again someone brings something into the frame shop that takes your breath away. I had a client do just that last week with an original work of art by the New York street artist “Swoon”. I have to admit I wasn’t too familiar with Swoon as an artist but was immediately captivated and converted to a fully signed up member of her fan club.Swoon is a street artist born in New London, Connecticut, and raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. She moved to New York City at age nineteen, and specializes in life-size wheat-paste prints and paper cutouts of figures. Swoon regularly pastes works depicting people, often her friends and family, on the streets in various places around the world. Usually, pieces are pasted on uninhabited locations such as abandoned buildings, bridges, fire escapes, water towers and street signs. Her work is inspired by both art historical and folk Continued reading →

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Hermés Scarf

Last week a client brought in one of the most beautiful Hermés Paris scarves I’ve ever seen. Framing this Hermés scarf was one of my favorite designs so far. We have framed many scarves, but it never gets old.  Framing cloth items and textiles often requires a bit more work than a normal frame job because most of the pieces require hand sewing to the backing/mating. This piece was also topped with museum glass which offers the highest level of ultra light filtering technology and eliminates up to 85% of the annoying glare that hinders you from enjoying your art.  On top of being anti-reflective, the museum glass has conservation grade UV protection.  So you’re pieces will look amazing and be safe from long term damage! With this scarf having such a fun and wild pattern, we had to pick a frame that would match the energy without overpowering the piece. This modern Continued reading →

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Burled Wood Frames

Howdy! This week we were brought an amazing canvas from Kenya! We decided to go with a burled wood frame with a scoop profile and it was exactly what the piece needed. Burled wood frames come with warmth and beauty difficult to find in other frames. Whether your home is modern or traditional, burled woods find the middle ground to be able to go in any home. The frame combines strong yet subtle detail along with a rough texture that doesn’t over-power the piece. The texture of the wood compliments the tribal nature of the piece and has the look of a frame that the artist made special for the piece.  

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Repairing flood damage

Here at ART on 5th we don’t only design, build and fit custom frames, we can also help deal with repair and restoration issues. We have a local expert restorer who can work magic on your most treasured pieces of art whether they’re on canvas or paper. Due to the recent flooding in some Southern Austin areas we’ve had a few pieces come to us with flood damage. One was a beautiful needlepoint piece that was done by the clients mother some 40 years ago. For obvious reasons the piece had incredible sentimental value and had sadly suffered from water damage due to water running down the wall it was hanging on.The backing and paper matting was clearly soaked with condensation visible on the inside of the glass so we worked quickly to remove the fabric from danger and let it air dry naturally. With pieces as old and delicate Continued reading →

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A Banksy…yes really

This week we had a VERY rare opportunity to see a Banksy in the gallery.  Banksy is a British-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.  Since Banksy’s primary medium is graffiti I had never had the opportunity to see one in person and wow what a piece!                The client had another framed piece in her collection that she loved and wanted to find a similar frame for the Banksy.  We ended up choosing a sleek silver frame with depth.  The silver leaf finish was a very close match to the frame in her collection.  The frame’s profile and finish really accentuated the lid of the soup can and had a clean museum look.  We used 100% rag 8ply matting and UV protection to make sure this piece stays in pristine condition for years to come.  There is something so exciting about a Continued reading →

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