Welcome to our October Framer's Corner!!
Each month, we like to take a moment to share some of our favorite projects with our readers. This is an opportunity for you to meet our designers as well as give an inside look at the process of framing, and the fun pieces of art that come through our shop. 
This month our Framer's corner is brought to you by owner, Amy Doty. This framed piece is very special as it belongs to Amy's long time friend and one of Frame of Mind's favorite customers. Sit back and enjoy all the amazing design aspects that are encompassed in this one of a kind framed piece. We think amy nailed it with this one!!
All Hallows Eve is quickly approaching, and to celebrate all things the go bump in the night, we’re bringing you a Framer’s Corner celebrating one of Halloween’s most infamous characters… Dracula! 
 Dracula, an iconic creature of the night made famous by Bram Stoker, and a muse to many horror movies, stories, music and plays. The theatre is no stranger to Nosferatu, being the inspiration to many play writes and stories.
One such inspired story was a play created by missoula writer laramie Dean. Laramie is a writer and high school drama teacher at Hellgate High School. A big fan of vampires and other famous monsters, Laramie created his own adaptation of the story of Dracula for his students to perform on their auditorium stage.
Based on Bram Stoker's timeless novel, Dracula is a highly
theatrical exploration of the evil that lurks inside all of us...
and how it can become all consuming, draining away our humanity
and turning us into monsters.

After the publication of laramie's play, a promotional poster was
created for his work. Being a favorite client of the staff at Frame of Mind, we were honored to not only frame this graphic illustration,
but to have it printed as well.
Amy Doty, the owner of Frame of Mind, has been a longtime friend of Laramie Dean. Both attended high school here in Missoula at Hellgate high school where Laramie now teaches. When the opportunity arose to support her friend, Amy wanted to ensure the piece was printed archivally and to a very high standard, so she turned to the professionals at Paper and Ink Studios. Paper and Ink brings decades of technical and aesthetic experience to every print they create. Having honed their skills in the art, photography and education industries, they understand that behind every creation is a creator, and that every piece is personal. That is why Amy knew that they were the perfect place to print this very special piece.
Now that the piece had been printed, it was time to bring the piece alive with a striking and antediluvian design.

This piece is a perfect example of designing based on a theme of a piece. There are four key methods used to come up with a frame design: 
Color, Texture (or pattern), Era, and Theme. 
Designing by theme means being able to think outside of the box with your design, and steer in a new direction than what is expected based on one’s first glance at the piece. 
The clean lines and simple color scheme of the piece would not 
usually invoke ornate elements and textures into the design, but 
because the theme of the artwork is that of a gothic story, 
these elements play perfectly into the overall effect that Amy wanted to achieve with her design.

Using a frame from the Intaglio family 
from Omega Moulding, Amy was able to capture an ornate design that was not over the top, but more subtle, something reminiscent like you would find in the textures of woodworking and architect in the late nineteenth century. The darkness of the frame helped to not distract from the piece, but instead only accent it with its subtle design.  

A triple mat was used to compliment the colors of the piece itself. 
Black, red and purple were the obvious choices to use, but finding 
colors that were bold enough and still kept with the 
theme of the piece, meant a simple paper mat would not do the trick.  
Instead, the use of fabric mats came into play. Each of these mats has a unique texture and fabric style.
Dracula by Laramie Dean published by TheaterFolk
The bottom mat, Pimento from Bainbridge, is a patterned silk red mat that has highlights and shadows throughout. These patterns help to make a vibrant color, that which feels similar to the textures used in garments created for royalty. The second mat, Crescent matboard Amethyst is a flat linen mat that is rich enough in color to fit the piece and is a perfect color match for the artwork itself. Topping the mats off with a lush 
suede black mat not only brings a deep black that helps to match the 
very dark blacks of the inks in the print, but also helps to pick up the 
subtle textures found throughout the piece.  
The three mats put together create a perfect complement to the 
artwork itself. Since this work of art was printed in in such a highly archival way, it was necessary to ensure the framing was done up to 
par with protecting the piece. Using Museum corners and acid free 
backing, the piece has absolutely no adhesives attached to it. Instead, the piece sits inside 4 small acrylic pockets that hold the corners of 
the piece. On the outside of these corners sits an 
adhesive that can then attach to the backing board. The acid free 
foamcore ensures that there is a neutral balance with materials 
touching the piece, ensuring no burning or discoloration will 
occur over time. The last element needed to ensure the safety and
 longevity of the piece was to choose a glass 
that would keep the piece from fading from any UVs in the air. Even if a framed piece of artwork is kept away from direct sunlight, it still 
can be damaged from UVs found in the air. Using our high-quality museum glass not only would keep the piece protected from 99% of UV rays in the air, but it will also keep the glare from overhead 
lights to a minimum. 
The end product is a design that is as timeless as the story of Dracula 
itself. The author loves the final result and hangs it above his writing desk for inspiration.  
To learn more about Laramie Dean’s work, 
follow him on Instagram at: @bylaramiedean or 
head over to theaterfolk.com and learn about Dracula, and the 3 
other screenplays published by our famous Missoula writer.
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