From the Frame Shop: Picturesque design meets preservation

When our client, Barbara, received the gift of a hand-painted vase from Vietnam, she instantly wanted to display it. 

Framing a vase isn't one's first instinct, but Barbara's main concern was preservation of the beautifully crafted vessel. 

"I knew if I put it out, people would touch it," she said. 

So we worked with her in selecting a deep enough frame to house the vase and a lovely silk, fabric mat to line the walls of her shadow box. 

Barbara also wanted the vase to be propped up in the shadow box, so we made a velvet wrapped box for the gorgeous vase to rest on. 

 Our framer/owner Eric, mapped out the lining of the shadow box walls. Each side ishand-wrapped with a pink, silk fabric. Eric also, and unintentionally, matched the light pink silk fabric. 

Our framer/owner Eric, mapped out the lining of the shadow box walls. Each side ishand-wrapped with a pink, silk fabric. Eric also, and unintentionally, matched the light pink silk fabric. 

Because the vase will be displayed vertically, Eric chose to wrap the fabric with the silk threading going horizontally. The horizontal grain breaks up the upright piece. 

 Eric played with a few ideas on how to create the box. He finally settled with stacking pieces of acid free foam boards. 

Eric played with a few ideas on how to create the box. He finally settled with stacking pieces of acid free foam boards. 

 A close up of the vase's detail against the silk fabric. 

A close up of the vase's detail against the silk fabric. 

 And viola! Barbara has another gorgeous design and display for her Asian-themed living room. 

And viola! Barbara has another gorgeous design and display for her Asian-themed living room.