Urbanscapes

Local photographer Nicholas Young came to me a couple months ago with a project in mind. He had taken some fantastic photos featuring the more esoteric parts of our beautiful and gritty urban landscape and wanted me to frame them. After trying out some patterned papers, I realized that they weren't quite catching the vibe of the photos and enhancing them, which was the goal. I've always been drawn to the vibrant colors of solid lokta papers so I started playing around with those. Because the paper itself is made from the bark of a lokta plant, it carries many irregularities and imperfections, which I find beautiful. I felt that Nick was trying to get across the same viewpoint with his photos so they felt like a perfect fit. I've done some frames with all four sides having a different paper, but never in this way, and I thought it created a dramatic yet subtle frame for his photos. The collection is currently being displayed at the Unicorn Cafe in Evanston, IL until the end of May. To see the rest of the collection please visit Urbanscapes.us where they are all available for purchase.

Photo taken by Nicholas Young.

Photo taken by Nicholas Young.

HJB Photo and Craftbelly

For the last couple months I've been collaborating with local photographer, Heidi Brady of HJB Photo, to create a line of frames to sell through her online shop to clients. We've worked together to curate a selection of papers that will complement a wide range of her photography, which includes weddings, maternity/newborns, pets, family portraits and more! Basically, her clients have a log in to see a gallery of the photos from their session, and can then choose options for framing, mounting, etc. Here is where they will find the option to use a Craftbelly frame for their photo!

Frames on display in Heidi's Wicker Park studio.

Frames on display in Heidi's Wicker Park studio.

While working with Heidi, I got a chance to see her in action when she took some photos of my dog Bosco for her pet website. She has a great eye for photography and for picking out papers to use for frames!

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