Over the weekend, at the suggestion of an illustrator friend, I visited a warehouse sale at an old factory that once made wooden frames. This cache of handmade frames had been sitting for almost a hundred years, and now the new owners of the building needed them to go, so some new modern enterprise might grow there. And so, they held a rummage sale of sorts.
These frames were of all shapes and sizes, most of them ovals and oblongs and other semi-circular shapes, and there were thousands upon thousands upon THOUSANDS of them. It was overwhelming. I chose a few, with an eye for tiny frames that might be put to service in Ginger Small’s Tiny Art For Tiny Spaces gallery…
…and some perfectly circular shaped ones which I will use as portals into my watery work going on in studio. One frame in particular is quite large and I’m excited to create a canvas made just for it.
Having sat so long forgotten in a warehouse, these frames need a bit of tidying up, but I have found that with some sanding a bit of gilding, one can make something of them after all.
(above: Murmuration (Once We Flew), 2014, 4.5″X6.5″, Oil on Paper & found objects)
This sale will happen again, Sunday February 16, 1-3 pm at the Mohawk Building, 2145 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214. If you are around and want a bit of an adventure, you should go!
And in the spirit of ‘frames’, here is an old favorite of mine by The Frames…