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Frameworks Berlin makes an absolutely one-of-a-kind frame at a highly professional level. All frames are hand made from colorful and unique recycled wood found in Germany. Frames from new wood are also hand made, in order to cover all desired framing styles for our customers. You will receive knowledgeable advice and together select wood, paper, mattboard, and glass for your most favorite piece of art.

We aren’t just artists, we are highly skilled professional picture framers, experienced with the highest standards of preservation, and working to make a sustainable product that has history.

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AUS DEM LEBEN GEGRIFFEN: UPCYCLING-RAHMEN MIT PATINA

BRANDS & TRENDS – Im Blaumann, mit einem sommersprossiges Lächeln und solidem Händedruck – so lernte ich Claire d’Orsay im Stattbad Wedding kennen, in einem Atelier voller Holz mit Geschichte und Patina. Claire d’Orsay ist die Gründerin von Frameworks in Berlin – sie baut einzigartige Bilderrahmen aus recyceltem Holz und hat inzwischen einen eigenen Laden in der Reichenberger Straße. So bunt wie Kreuzberg selbst ist auch das Sortiment im Frameworks. Kein Rahmen gleicht dem anderen und zu fast jedem kann Claire eine kleine Geschichte erzählen.

TEXT UND FOTOS: ESTHER SUAVE

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Claire d’Orsay in ihrem Atelier: „Ich sagte Ja zu allen Möglichkeiten, meine Rahmen zu zeigen.“ Foto: Helena Blachier

Name: Claire d’Orsay
Alter: 33 Jahre
Lebensmittelpunkt: Berlin
Ausbildung: Master in Counselling Psychology
Leidenschaft: Begegnung mit Menschen und Kunst

Vor mehr als zehn Jahren baute sie in Brooklyn ihren ersten eigenen Rahmen in einem Do-it-yourself-Workshop in ihrer Straße – und fing sofort Feuer. Während der Finanzkrise in den USA zog die studierte Psychologin der Liebe wegen nach Berlin. Sie landete ohne große Umwege in einem Atelier für professionelle Bilderrahmung und studierte das Handwerk.

Zeitgenössisch ist ein Rahmen schwarz, weiss oder naturholz, dezent und bescheiden. Claire aber ist fasziniert von charakteristischen, historischen Rahmen, die für sich selbst als Kunstobjekt bestehen können. Frameworks ist geboren – individuell handgefertigte Rahmen aus Fundholz, nachhaltig und mit Patina.

Dein erstes Atelier mit Frameworks war im Stattbad Wedding, jetzt hast du einen eigenen Laden in Kreuzberg UND eine Werkstatt, wie hat das alles angefangen?
Mit kleinen Märkten. Erst habe ich die Rahmen in meinem Keller gebaut, dann in meiner Wohnung, und mit Hilfe von Freunden habe ich schließlich das Atelier im Stattbad Wedding gefunden. Das war großartig. Ich sagte “Ja” zu allen Veranstaltungen oder Möglichkeiten, meine Rahmen zu zeigen, und lernte so viele neue Leute kennen. Um es kurz zu halten: Ein Grafikdesigner kaufte einen Rahmen von mir, lud mich auf ein Event ein, und dort lernte ich den Besitzer meines jetzigen Ladens in Kreuzberg kennen.

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Was macht für dich Berlin aus, was magst du an Berlin?
Ich bin aus New York City und viele Leute fragen mich, warum ich Berlin vorziehe. Für mich ist keine Stadt besser oder schlechter, aber es gibt für mich einige fundamentale Unterschiede.

In Berlin kannst du “Du” sein, ohne verurteilt zu werden. Es interessiert quasi nicht. Diese Art von Freiheit, Freiheit von Sozialnormen, Druck und Erwartungen, habe ich bisher nur in Berlin erlebt.

Als ich nach Berlin kam, habe ich sehr schnell begriffen, dass es hier noch jede Menge Raum gibt, sein eigenes Business zu starten. Mit wenig Geld, ganz viel Liebe und einer guten Idee ist Berlin immer noch eine der Städte, um sich zu verwirklichen.

Wo bekommt ihr euer Holz her und wie wählt ihr es aus?
Wir haben momentan drei Quellen. Erstens, wir fahren herum.

ES WIRD WIRKLICH ÜBERALL IN BERLIN SANIERT UND SCHÖNE SACHEN WERDEN EINFACH SO AUF DER STRASSE “ENTSORGT”.

Zweitens haben wir über die Jahre Holzsammler kennengelernt, die das Holz für uns finden. Drittens: Die Kunden! Sie schicken uns Nachrichten mit Tipps zu Orten, die voller Holz sind. Hauptsache, es ist besonders und hat eine tolle Patina, dann kommt’s mit.

Was magst du besonders an der Arbeit mit Holz?
Holz ist lebendig. Es speichert Wärme oder Kälte, es ist eigensinnig oder großzügig. Ich mag auch, dass es besonders anspruchsvoll ist, mit recyceltem Holz zu arbeiten. Frisches Holz wird geliefert, ist gerade, und man kann es direkt schneiden. Für uns sieht der Prozess so aus:

Wir brechen zum Abenteuer auf, finden zehn Türen aus der Vorkriegszeit und schleppen sie zurück ins Studio. Dort trennen wir das Holz, entfernen Nägel und Metall, schneiden es mit der Tischsäge in Drei-Zentimeter-Streifen und schicken es durch die Fräse. Jetzt sind wir dort, wo wir wären, wenn wir das Holz bestellt hätten.

Wir können anfangen, Bilderrahmen zu bauen – aus unseren handgefertigten Leisten … ich liebe es!

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Wer sind deine Kunden, was macht sie aus?

FRAMEWORK IST EINE ABSOLUTE NISCHE. UNSERE KUNDEN VERSTEHEN DAS KONZEPT „UPCYCLING“ UND AUCH, WARUM ES MEHR KOSTET.

Viele Leute denken ja: „Oh, das Material gibt es ja umsonst. Billig!“ – aber so ist es eben nicht. Das zeigt schon die erwähnte Arbeit, die wir investieren, um das gleiche Ausgangsmaterial zu haben wie andere nach einem dreiminütigen Telefongespräch.

Unsere Klienten sind fasziniert von Eigenart, sie sind anspruchsvoll. Und die Mehrzahl meiner Kunden ist weiblich. Ich denke, einer der Gründe dafür ist, dass viele Männer sich mehr über Statussymbole definieren, die gesellschaftlich erprobt sind (z.B. einen massiven, schwarzen Rahmen). Frauen bewegen sich freier von diesen sozialen Statussymbolen und widmen sich mehr dem Design.

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Was können wir tun, um eine bessere Gesellschaft zu schaffen?
Oh, wow … (lacht) Mit Frameworks habe ich gemerkt, dass keine Firma derzeit 100 Prozent nachhaltig sein kann. Es ist schier unmöglich – unser Konzept von Wirtschaft und unsere Sozialstrukturen wurden für ein kapitalistisches Wegwerfmodell entworfen.

Jedes Business, dass nachhaltigER agiert, ist Wegbereiter für die Zukunft, es erzeugt Bewusstsein, und dieses Bewusstsein führtzu Veränderung.

Für mich persönlich bedeutet „bessere Gesellschaft“ in drei Worten: nachhaltig, sozial bewusst und Fairtrade. Nachhaltig zum Beispiel mit Frameworks über Abfallreduzierung und mit Rücksicht auf die Umwelt. Sozial bewusst etwa über das für das Gemeinwohl engagierte Fotokunstprojekt Photocircle, über Spenden an Gruppen und Projekte. Und natürlich die Säule Fairtrade über eine faire Bezahlung, verwirklicht etwa bei Kunst100 – echte Kunstwerke für jedes Budget.

 

Danke dir, Claire, für das Gespräch und die Inspirationen!

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Ich komme immer wieder gerne in den Laden in der Reichenberger und streiche mit den Fingerspitzen über die liebevoll gearbeiteten Holzstrukturen … und verliebe mich bei jedem Besuch in mindestens einen der Rahmen. („Und nich‘ nur tatschen, ooch koofen, wa?“)

Wer bei dem Gedanken an selbstgefräste Berliner Leisten und alte Patina kribbelige Finger bekommt, hat die Möglichkeit, mit Claire d’Orsay und Frameworks das Handwerk der Bildrahmung selbst zu entdecken. Claire bietet regelmässig DIY-Workshops an. Technische Vorraussetzung: Der tiefe Wunsch, einen eigenen Bilderrahmen zu bauen.

Nächste Termine: 19. und 26. Mai 2018.

Der obligatorische Berliner Photoautomatrahmen ist für 25 € zu haben, und das günstigste Unikat kostet 18 €. Gewinnt einen von Claires Rahmen auf unserer Facebook-Seite! Kommentiert dazu dort die Antwort auf folgende Frage: Mit wem wart ihr schon mal im Photoautomaten bzw. mit wem würdet ihr euch gern bei nächster Gelegenheit ablichten lassen? Zu gewinnen gibt es dieses Unikat:

 

Links:

https://www.instagram.com/frameworksberlin/

http://www.photoautomat.de/standorte.html

 

Original Article can be found at https://ethletic.com/2018/05/upcycling-kunstrahmen-mit-patina-und-berliner-geschichte/

How to Create a Travel Inspired Gallery Wall

In an age of social media, it’s easy to focus your photography efforts on Instagram and Facebook. After all, posting photos online means far more people will see your amazing shots of the Great Barrier Reef or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, whilst posting photos online is great, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a travel-inspired gallery wall at home? Just in case you need reminding to book another fabulous trip!

Gallery walls are the latest trend in home decoration. Instead of displaying one or two photos on a wall, you can create a large gallery feature instead. It’s easy to do and so much more fun. Here is a quick guide to what you need and what you should include in your pictorial display.

Choose a Wall

Location is everything. Sure, you could create a gallery wall in your downstairs restroom, but wouldn’t it be more fun to have a larger space to play with? Pick a room such as your den or a breakfast room where you have plenty of room to play with. An expansive wall is best, but you can scale down your gallery if you are limited on space.

Collect Photos and Other Travel Memorabilia

Pull together a collection of photos, postcards, posters, travel tickets, and anything related to your travel. Focus on one trip or build a collection based on several trips. One location works well, especially if it has sentimental value, but don’t limit yourself.

Frame Your Pictures

The next job is to frame your photos and other travel memorabilia. Selecting similar picture frames is a great way to make a gallery wall more cohesive, but feel free to mix and match different styles of frame. For example, plain wood frames can be mixed up with more decorative frames and box frames containing travel mementos. Some items, for example, ticket stubs or posters may not need a frame.

Experiment with a Layout

The layout is important, so don’t rush this stage. Select a central image and use this as your starting point. Your favorite photo or a great poster will do. Arrange everything else around this one image, mixing up large and small frames. Place pictures on the floor and try different layouts until you find one you are happy with. Take a photo using a smartphone so you don’t forget where each piece goes. Now it’s time to get hanging!

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5 Tips for Street Photography Success

Street photography is worlds apart from staged family portraits and Instagram travel shots. It is the spontaneous capture of interesting human subjects or a vibrant street scene; blink and you’ll miss it. Street photographers take their trusty camera everywhere because they know a great photo could be around the next corner.

If you’re new to street photography, here are some useful tips.

Choose the Right Camera

Professional photographers typically carry a large DSLR, but for an amateur, a small compact is a better choice, as it’s easier to use on the hoof and less conspicuous. To begin with, use the P mode so the camera automatically selects the best settings, but once you get the hang of it, try experimenting with different shutter speeds and exposures. Wide-angle lenses are perfect for street photography. They allow you to get up close to the action.

Be Brave

Many photographers are afraid of causing offense by taking candid photos of passing subjects. They worry it will get them into bother. However, if you want to embrace street photography and capture the human experience, you need to let go of your fear and take a step out of your comfort zone. Find a place in an interesting location and wait for the perfect shot. If someone does notice you taking photos and is offended, show them the photo and offer to delete it if they object.

Tell a Story

Street photography is your take on the world. Look for scenes that speak to you. It could be anything from a crowded marketplace in Bangkok to a man sleeping rough in a concrete tunnel on a cold winter’s night. Look for contrasts. Rich and poor, old and young, even contrasting light and shade all make powerful images. The very best street photography captures an emotion, so you need to be ready with your camera. To begin with, start local in places you are familiar with, and then look for new locations, the busier the better.

Be Patient

The best photos don’t happen immediately. You may have to wait for a great image and you will probably have to take hundreds of shots to end up with one decent one.

Be Comfortable

Hot on the heels of our last tip, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing. Hanging around in one place for hours is tough in poor weather. Make sure you are warm (or cool).

Once you have captured an iconic image you’re proud of, look for the perfect frame in our online store!

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Creating a Shadowbox for Mementos

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosCreating memories is easy to do when you are with family and friends. Whether you are spending the day at the beach together or going through old items from childhood, you may be thinking about memories. How can you remember these events? What can you do to capture these simple moments so that you do not forget them and may even be able to pass them on? Why not consider the use of a picture frame designed to be a shadow box? A shadow box simply is a larger frame that offers more room for storing special items within it. When you visit your picture frame company in Berlin, ask about sizing and style options.

What to Keep in Mind?

If you are thinking about creating a shadowbox, spend a few extra minutes picking out the right type of frame based on what you want to place within it. You don’t have to add a lot of pieces to make this item memorable. In fact, in many cases, less is more. Here are some tips to help you with this process.

    • Creating a Shadowbox for MementosChoose shadowboxes that you know you can fill properly. While you do not have to cover the entire surface, you want a box that is just large enough to display important items clearly. Give yourself just enough room.
    • Invest in a quality picture frame. You really will want these to last a long time. For that to happen, you will need to ensure the box itself is crafted well and with good quality workmanship. Spending a bit more higher quality of box makes sense here. After all, these are memories you want to cherish.
    • Finally, think about the layout of the box and what you would like to put into it. This will impact the size of box you need. It also is important to remember to spread out items so that it creates a more dynamic and 3-dimensional image.

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosThe shadow box concept is not new. It has been used for many years as a way of passing on important items, such as flags, from distant lands. If you are thinking about using them, first focus on knowing how much you want to put into them. Then, consider the size, shape, layout, and colors of the picture frame box. Create a single, cohesive picture frame that really stands out when completed

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What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?You have something special to frame. You want to make sure this image stands out in the right way and conveys a message to you every time you see it. You also want a frame that looks beautiful and lasts. For these reasons, you may be thinking about using a hardwood picture frame. This is a more expensive product, but it offers a lot of style and class. And, it can be the ideal choice for nearly any type of display. As you take into consideration all of the options available to you today, don’t overlook what hardwood can offer to your display.

Vintage and Antique Frames

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?Perhaps the most common reason to purchase hardwood frames is because this is the type of frame commonly found in the 1800s and early 1900s. Perhaps your room’s theme is vintage. You may have the need to give a gift that is a family heirloom and an older frame seems like the best way to do just that. If you hope to give the photo an antique look or a vintage flare to it, hardwood is a must. This is the type of frame used traditionally during this period of time. It helps to carry through your theme or style very well.

Buying a Gift

One of the reasons to invest in hardwood picture frames when choosing your options is because of the actual dollar value they represent. Most hardwood frames are actually valuable items. This can help to give you the confidence you need when giving a gift to someone that is important. Who doesn’t want a beautiful hardwood frame with detailing on it? In short, this adds to the value of the gift and makes it worthwhile for many people.

Quality Construction Matters

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?Another reason to go with true hardwood has to do with the construction of it. Perhaps you want this piece to be passed down for years to come. On the other hand, you may want to give something that offers true quality workmanship. Hardwood tends to offer that because it is less likely to be machine-created.

As you consider all of the options you have in picture frames, take the time to check out the hardwood products available to you. You may find they are more affordable than you think and they definitely add a higher quality of satisfaction to the piece.

Picture Framing: Capture Your Child’s Art to Preserve It

Picture Framing: Capture Your Child’s Art to Preserve ItYour child brought home another fabulous piece of art work. As you look at it, you know your child’s true creativity is coming through in this piece. You know that soon, your child will be older and may not be as willing to create such masterful works of art. That’s when it dawns on you. What can you do to improve your ability to hang on to these items that you can come back to them time and time again to remember? Instead of tossing them into a box, consider the value of framing the items and storing them where you can see them all of the time.

What to Consider When Framing Art

Picture Framing: Capture Your Child’s Art to Preserve ItIt is always best to consider framing your child’s photos using a professional company that makes custom frames or that otherwise provides framing services. This is the best way to ensure you can properly protect these images and pieces of art for the long term. But, there are a few other things to keep in mind.

    • Do you have a lot of art that you would like to preserve? Many parents have multiple pieces they want to safely keep put away. If that is the case, consider the benefit of creating a collage or a larger frame with numerous pieces in it.
    • Think about the art itself. What colors are present there that you want to pull out of it? Do you want the frame to stand out or just to blend in to allow the artwork to standout? Choosing the right color and type of frame for this type of artwork is very important.
    • If the artwork has pieces that project outward or otherwise stand out, don’t crust them into a frame. Instead, consider a shadowbox concept. This can provide you with a fantastic way to allow the true art stand out for years to come.

Picture Framing: Capture Your Child’s Art to Preserve ItThere is no doubt that your child will come home with numerous pieces of artwork to properly display. When considering that, remember that it is always important for you to choose the right framing method for your unique needs. If you cannot frame every piece, that is okay. Choose a few that you really like or that have some type of meaning to them. Then, place them in a special place throughout your home or take them to your office. With the help of the picture frame company in Berlin, you can cherish memories.

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How to Decorate with Picture Frames

how-to-decorate-with-picture-frames-01Are you looking for a way to change up the way your living room looks? Maybe you want to be sure that your home really represents yourself and your family. What better way is there to do this than with photos? When decorating your home – any room of your home – use photos to help make a personal statement and to create a one of a kind look. Not only are photos the ideal choice because of their uniqueness, but they also add meaning and character to your space. That makes your house a home.

Let the Photos Guide You

Take the time to choose a range of photos that are your favorite. Lay them out and look for things that are the same. This can help you to begin to group them together. For example, you may want to add photos of your children. Why not have the same sized photo of your children at the same age? Many people do this with baby pictures, but you can do it with any special moment in their lives. Group these together. Create other groupings that make sense. You can group by the people in the photos, the colors, or even just the theme of the photo. Be creative here.

Use the Frames to Add Dimension

how-to-decorate-with-picture-frames-02When creating art with photos and picture frames, the frames themselves become a very prominent component in the space. You can take one of your groups and use the same type of framing for each one, creating a look that is cohesive among that group. On the other hand, you can allow the frame to be selected based on the image itself. Other people want the same frame on every photo they have in a room. When choosing the frame, think about the size, color, matting color, material type, and overall details of the piece. Choose frames that you really enjoy.

When you take these steps, you can begin to create a space that really is what you want it to be, a welcoming, personalized area for you and your family. Allow a professional organization to create the photos and framing for you. Doing that can give you the very professional look you want that will last for years to come. Take a few moments to check out the professional picture company we offer in Berlin and see what your options are.

Picture Framing: Choose the Right Color

What steps should you take to choose the right way to display your photos? Photos are one of the best ways to showcase memories, share thoughts about the ones you love, or just remember specific times in your life. Yet, many people struggle with the process. How can you turn these photos from simple pieces of paper with an image on them to pieces of art that hang on your walls and add dimension to the space? To achieve this, you need to choose the right picture frame. Color is one of the key components of this process.

Tips for Choosing Colors

Before you can begin to choose colors for your picture frame, you need to take into consideration the type of material first. Picture frames can be a wide range of materials including everything from glass to wood. Select a material that you like, but also that blends in well with the space you plan to place it in.

Then, consider a few things about colors:

  • Look at other materials in the room where you plan to place the photos. What colors are prominent? To create a cohesive look, match all of the wood tones, for example.
  • You can use color to add dimension and something stunning to the space as well. If you want to create a focal point on a wall, for example, choose a bright color that stands out and doesn’t match anything else. That photo will be impressive on that wall.
  • Think about the photo as well. You’ll want to choose a color frame that helps the image on the photo to stand out. For example, if the photo is mostly black and white, choose a frame that allows those grays to stand out rather than to blend into the wall around it.

It can be a good idea to think of photos as a type of artwork that you will place on the walls of your space. Then, take into consideration the theme or style of the room. When you consider these factors, you can create photos and frames that add character and interest to the space.

If you need help choosing the right picture frames and using them in your space, turn to a professional. You can always work with our local picture frame professionals in Berlin to help you to choose the right color and style for any space or photo.

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