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Stascia's Skilled Sewing and Tapestry Framing

Posted on February 18, 2017 by Erick Rios

As framing experts, we are committed to constantly expanding our services offered. One of these services is tapestry framing. Lately at Frames and Stretchers, we've received quite a few textile projects including some aged tapestries that required delicate care. We immediately thought of Stascia, our framer who is also a skilled seamstress. The framing order involving the antique required us to mount and frame the woven art. The challenge was in the fringe. We needed to find a conservation method to keep the fringe from falling victim to gravity and hanging downward. Stascia came up with a tapestry framing technique that involved using a catch stitch. We interviewed her about the piece and her methods. See below for the interview and more pictures. 

Frames and Stretchers framing an antique tapestry using complex sewing techniques.

A close up of Stascia sewing a tapestry order.

Q: What techniques did you use to sew the tapestry?

A: I used a whip stitch for the edges of the rug. For the fringe I used a variation of a catch stitch so that you would not see an obvious straight line of stitches to create the illusion the fringe threads were suspended.

 

 A tapestry in the process of being framed using sewing techniques at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.
An antique tapestry framed with complex sewing techniques.

 

Q: When did you find out that you had a knack for sewing?

A: I have been sewing since I was ten years old. My mother had me do only hand stitching, including needlepoint and cross stitch for about four years before I began using a sewing machine.

 

Q: Is sewing a hobby or a serious endeavor?

A: It is definitely both to me! I do it for myself because I enjoy the challenge of working with fabric for a wide range of purposes including: custom tailor suits and coats; bridal wear; custom slipcovers; custom window treatments; costume design; quilting and my artwork is canvas sculptures sewn onto a canvas.

Frames and Stretchers using sewing techniques for tapestry framing in the Lower East Side.

Stascia using her sewing skills on another textile framing order.


Q: What are some important things to remember when sewing a more delicate work of art?

A: You have to be familiar with the personality of different fabrics in order to choose the right thread, needle and stitch. You also have to keep in mind the age of the fabric and its fragility when handling and choosing how to display and preserve it.

To see more images of Stascia's detailed work and our day to day framing projects, follow us on Instagram.

 

Posted in custom framing, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, sewing, stretcher, tapestry, techniques, tri state area

Portraits of Mardi Gras by Christopher Porche-West

Posted on February 02, 2017 by Erick Rios

Christopher Porche-West's alluring photographs arrived at our workshop a few weeks ago. With the arrival, we were introduced to a side of New Orleanian culture that we had never seen. Porche-West is an accomplished photographer who has been documenting New Orleans and it's residents for the past 30 years. We designed a custom frame for his black and white photo with a black gothic moulding, museum board, and 99% UV museum glass for optimal clarity.

An original Christoper Porche-West print framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

A Porche-West portrait framed with a gothic moulding and museum board.

 

A Brief History

Porche-West is an accomplished photographer originally from California. He made his first trip to New Orleans in the late 1970s with the goal of researching people of color. The vibrant, diverse culture of the city intrigued him and he began to visit more often to document it through photographs. After traveling between the two places for over a decade, he moved to New Orleans permanently in 1995. Throughout the late 90s Porche-West continued to take photographs and eventually began experimenting with sculpture using scrap metal he found around the city. Some of the most celebrated portraits of his career were of the Mardi Gras Indians which eventually led to the publishing of the book, "Eyes of Eagles New Orleans' Black Mardi Gras Indians." 

A Christopher Porche-West original print framed by Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

The famous Mardi Gras Black Indians framed with rustic moulding and museum glass. 

 

Further Travels

Porche-West has also documented other populations of people of color throughout the Caribbean. He has traveled to Haiti several times due to his relationship with the American Haitian Development Association. Additionally,  he also traveled to Cuba in 2004 for their carnival and took many portraits there as well. His strength lies in his unique skill of capturing emotion and every day moments in an intimate way. Inspiration and further information can be found on his website and Instagram. To keep up with us and our daily framing projects follow us on Instagram or like our Facebook page. If you need a quote on a framing project you can always visit us in person at the Clemente

A photo taken by Christopher Porche West in Haiti.

A photo taken by Christopher Porche-West in Haiti. 

 

 

A photograph of a Cuban man during Carnival 2004 shot by Christopher Porche-West.

A Cuban man during carnival. 

 

A Cuban girl dancing during Carnival 2004 by Christopher Porche-West.

A Cuban girl dancing during carnival. 

 

Posted in Christopher Porche-West, Clemente Building, Cuba, custom framing, frames and stretchers, Haiti, Lower East Side, Mardi Gras, Mardi Gras Indians, New Orleans, stretcher, tri state area

Jim Dine's Vintage Hearts

Posted on January 28, 2017 by Erick Rios

The Hearts Up Close:

A client recently stopped by the workshop with a framing order that included artwork by Jim Dine. The piece itself was a lithograph print with a silver background and eight hearts.

 Vintage Jim Dine art piece custom framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

The finished Jim Dine piece.

For the frame design we decided to use hardwood maple, museum glass and spacers to separate the painting from the glass. Finally, we floated the art piece with Japanese paper and rice paste, which has a very low acidity. Since the piece is over 40 years old, we wanted to frame it with the highest level of conservation possible. 

A Pinocchio painting entitled, "Frozen Hands, 2013" by contemporary American artist Jim Dine.

A Jim Dine piece entitled, "Frozen Hands, 2013"

Jim Dine the Artist:

Jim Dine is an American artist from Cincinnati, Ohio with an accomplished career in the art world. He first gained recognition for his performance art with the show "Happenings". Dine's next big exhibition was "New Paintings of Common Objects" curated by Walter Hopps. This exhibit was one of the first Pop Art exhibits in America. It included the work of Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Dowd. Shortly after the exhibit, he began experimenting with sculpture while attaching items to his artwork. This garnered commercial successes and eventually led to him moving to London to continue working on his art. Pinocchio has also had a prominence in his work leading to a book and a commission for the character's statue in Sweden. Jim Dine's artistic innovation has been widely recognized as groundbreaking in the Pop Art movement and his work is part of museum collections throughout the world.


Contemporary American Pop Artist Jim Dine multicolor heart painting.

Linnaeus at Home, 2010 by Jim Dine multicolor.

In conclusion, we had a great time framing this Jim Dine piece and learning more about him. Check out our Instagram to see more of our completed projects or come see us in person on the Lower East Side. To learn more about Jim Dine, visit his artist profile

 

 

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, frames and stretchers, Jim Dine, Lower East Side, pop art, stretcher, tri state area

From Santiago to Paris: José García Cordero's Tales of the Caribbean

Posted on January 28, 2017 by Erick Rios

Perro Rojo; Red Dog

José García Cordero is a Paris-based Dominican artist who creates dark, dream-like paintings that explore themes like greed in society. His pieces exude lushness and explore relevant themes including homesickness and greed. A few months ago he had his first solo show in the United States titled, "Tales of Caribbean Nights" at the Lyle O' Reitzel Gallery. We built custom hardwood stretchers and stretched canvas for the entire show which featured 13 pieces, many of them unpublished. 

The Jose Garcia Cordero canvas "Perro Rojo" stretched over a custom hardwood stretcher at Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side

Perro Rojo, the Cordero canvas we built a custom stretcher for and stretched.

 Frames and Stretcher with newly built custom hardwood stretcher and Jose Garcia Cordero canvas. 

Yvette with "El Orgullo", another Cordero piece we stretched.

Inspirations

Often, Cordero draws inspiration from Dominican folklore for his pieces. In an interview with Artnet News, he calls the folklore "simultaneously miserable and beautiful." Additionally, he cites European and Caribbean cultures as influencers in his work as well as the carnival.  Cordero has received many awards for his unique art and has shown his work all over the world. The French Senate granted him a Merit Award for his contribution to Latin American culture and he also received a "Gold Medal" in the two editions of the Caribbean Biennale Museum of Modern Art Santo Domingo. His work has been in museums including the Smithsonian and Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), as well as being shown in multiple international art fairs Context Miami, Art Basel, ArteBa and Scope.

A collage of "Tales of the Caribbean" the Jose Garcia Cordero show that Frames and Stretchers built custom stretchers for.

"Tales of Caribbean Nights" in its entirety. 

 

International Influences

José García Cordero is a thoughtful artist who draws upon his experiences in Paris and the Dominican Republic to create surreal masterpieces. To learn more about him and see more of his work, check out his profile page on Lyle O'Reitzel Gallery website. For a more in-depth look into his career, check out his Wall Street International interview where he talks about his first return to the Dominican Republic in 40 years.

 Jose Garcia Cordero and Frames and Stretcher co-founder Miguel Trelles holding up a finished piece.

Miguel and Jose Garia Cordero holding up a painting.

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, Dominican art, dominican artist, frames and stretchers, Jose Garcia Cordero, Lower East Side, stretcher, tri state area

Shou Sugi Ban: A Custom Frame for Leroy Street Studio

Posted on January 26, 2017 by Erick Rios

About two weeks ago, architecture studio Leroy Street Studio (LSS) dropped by Frames and Stretchers with a unique project. They brought in wood treated using Japanese preservation technique Shou Sugi Ban and wanted to know if we could make a frame from it. To be frank, we had never built a frame with these materials before, but decided to take the challenge and it turned out great! 

A photo of wood treated with the Shou Sugi Ban technique by Leroy Street Studio up-close.

The wood that was treated with Shou Sugi Ban by Leroy Street Studio. 

 

Shou Sugi Ban

Shou Sugi Ban is an environmentally friendly, ancient Japanese wood preservation technique. It is a multi-step, time consuming process. However, it protects the wood against rot, insects, fire, and can last up to 80 years. The first step is to char the top 1/8" of the boards, then wash them off with water, let them dry, brush off the charcoal dust then leave natural or oil with a sealant. Traditionally Shou Sugi Ban was performed on Japanese cedar wood, but now architects and designers use several different types. 

Frames and Stretchers building a custom frame from wood that has been treated with Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese wood preservation technique.

Erick and Antonio work with one of the wood pieces treated with Shou Sugi Ban.

 

Leroy Street Studio

LSS is an award winning architecture studio located on the Lower East Side. They have worked on several stunning residential and public projects, so when they wanted to frame a few sketches for a client with Shou Sugi Ban treated wood we were happy to work with them. LSS does more than just architecture, they also have an in-house construction management and interior design division as well. Besides those divisions, they also started Hester Street Collective; an organization that "engages NYC residents in a transparent, participatory process that ensures the design of neighborhood public spaces reflects local wishes and needs." Ultimately, LSS is pretty awesome all around and we're glad to be their neighbors. 

The Hill House built by architecture firm Leroy Street Studios.

 Hill House, one of LSS's completed projects.

 

The Process

First we measured and cut the wood into the proper length. We ran into a small challenge here; we had to figure out how to cut a notch for the glass to rest in. When you build a frame completely from scratch, it does not come with a space for the glass cut. Through a series of tests, we decided to go with the table router machine to create the rabbet for the glass. Next we floated the artwork using Japanese paper and wheat paste then proceeded to joining. After joining the pieces, we completed the frame with museum glass and the best hanging system on the market: the Beehive Picture Hangers.

Frames and Stretchers, a custom framing shop in the Lower East side floating artwork with Japanese paper and wheat paste.

Floating the artwork with Japanese paper and wheat paste.

 

Frames and Stretchers employee with the completed Leroy Street Studio custom frame that has been treated with ancient Japanese wood preservation technique Shou Sugi Ban.

Antonio with the completed frame.

 

In conclusion, Leroy Street Studio was blown away with the result, and we always love a challenge. For more on our day to day happenings, make sure to follow us on Instagram and if you need a project framed stop by our workshop for a quote. 

Posted in architecture, Clemente Building, custom framing, frames and stretchers, leroy street studio, Lower East Side, shou sugi ban, stretcher, tri state area

Art and Colony: An Ongoing Conversation by Scherezade Garcia

Posted on December 17, 2016 by Erick Rios

Scherezade Garcia is a New Yorker born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When her work came into our workshop it fascinated us with the themes and versatility. As a multidisciplinary visual artist of her artwork often centers around the history and results of colonialism. Currently, she is represented by Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery. 

The artwork of Scherezade Garcia being custom framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

Yvette floating a Scherezade Garcia piece using Japanese paper and wheat paste.

After admiring her work, the next step was floating it. We floated Scherezade's work using Japanese paper and wheat paste and chose hardwood moldings to frame the art. A Scherezade Garcia canvas being stretched over a custom stretcher at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

The large canvas we framed using our reclaimed wood floater frame.

For the canvas above, we used a special framing technique. Using a black floater frame we floated her canvas then stacked a reclaimed wood frame on top of the floater. This adds an element of dimension and space for the viewer.

The artwork of Scherezade Garcia being custom framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

Scherezade's work is distinctive because of the collage of different materials she uses as well the use of gold pigmentation that resembles fire. She uses symbols like Mickey Mouse intertwined with tropical weather themes and cloudy pigments. To learn more about Scherezade and her multifaceted artwork, you can check out her website.

Art by Scherezade Garcia, an artist whose work has been framed at Frames and Stretchers on the Lower East Side.

A piece by Scherezade Garcia featuring tropical and western themes.

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, dominican artist, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, lyle o reitzel, scherezade garcia, stretcher, tri state area

The Muted Tones of Ignacio Iturria

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Erick Rios

Ignacio Iturria is a Uruguayan artist who was born in Montevideo in 1949. His work often features nautical scenes and muddy tones similar to the La Plata River that runs along the coast of Montevideo. We have custom framed and stretched several of Ignacio Iturria's works including the one below. After building a custom heavy duty stretcher, we carefully stretched the canvas and secured it. 

A piece by Ignacio Iturria that was recently stretched over a heavy duty wood stretcher at Frames and Stretchers in the lower east side.

Ignacio Iturria uses a distinctly recognizable color palette that mimics and mirrors the colors seen often in Montevideo. Everyday household scenes and mementos are a mainstay as well as family portraits in somber tones. Iturria is one of the most prominent contemporary Uruguayan artists. He took home a special prize in the 1995 Venice Bienal for Uruguay and has remained at the forefront of important art conversations since. His use of accessible subjects and familiar topics make his art a favorite among a wide variety of viewers. He is represented by the Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery which has locations in the Dominican Republic and on New York's Lower East Side.

A painting by Ignacio Iturria, an artist whose work was recently stretched over a heavy duty wood stretcher at Frames and Stretchers in the lower east side.

For more information about Ignacio Iturria and to view his extensive portfolio, please visit his website.

 

 

Posted in Clemente Building, custom framing, frames and stretchers, Lower East Side, stretcher, tri state area

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