Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Frame Makeover: My Michael Stipe Photo

In the movies, makeovers happen instantly, and usually in a montage set to a pop song.
Reframing art takes a bit more time than that, but the principle is the same: a little change can make a huge difference.
Take, for example, my recent reframing project. With minimal time and one of our newest frames, I turned a neglected photo into a statement piece.
As a big R.E.M fan, I was thrilled to see a photo of lead singer Michael Stipe come up at auction during a benefit for the Toledo Arts Commission my husband and I attended in 2000. Taken by fashion designer Todd Oldham, it was said to have been featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. I bid on it and won. What could be better than a keepsake from a favorite band that benefitted a great local cause?

But the novelty eventually wore off. We hung the photo in our basement and basically forgot about it until now.

When I saw the photo again, I knew it needed some TLC. The original frame was boring, and the cardboard backing was warped. Luckily, I had the ideal solution. American Frame had just gotten new Twilight metal frames in bold colors. The red tones in the background of the photo were begging to be highlighted. And a Twilight frame in Tornado Red was the perfect tool to do it.

To complement the red tones, I chose an 8-ply Antique White Conservation Bainbridge mat board, with a 3.5” border. To protect the photo for the next 18 years and beyond, I selected acid-free foam core backing and our standard museum-quality plexi-glass.

And the best part? The reframing project was completed for about $65.


You’d never know it spent nearly two decades in a basement. 
That’s the beauty of reframing.

Need help with your next project? Give us a call.

Laura JajkoLaura Jajko is President of American Frame and a longtime contributor to "A Good Frame of Mind." Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straightforward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialogue in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on Twitter @LauraJajko.


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