Each year the Professional Picture Framers Association hosts the International Framing Competition with the final judging held at the annual West Coast Art & Frame Show in Las Vegas. One piece of art, either a print or an object, is selected by all members of the organization. A special edition is created and distributed to the individual chapters where members may then purchase the artwork and get framing. There is also an Open Competition where framers may enter the artwork of their choice. This is our opportunity to show off our talent and skill, and share our creativity with fellow picture framers. The results are always outstanding!
The 2011 competition piece was this Victorian Onyx Necklace shown in the photo. My entry was matted in white silk. I created a fillet using black silk applied on a material flexible enough to achieve the radius in the corners. The fabric was applied with vegetable paste adhesive and a heat press. The jewelry additions in the corners were found at the bead store in Old Town Auburn. The frames are stacked black lacquer and Italian pewter leaf. It was glazed with Museum Quality Acrylic. The inner layers of matting were cut by hand as opposed to the computerized mat cutters used by most shops today.The many interior layers gave the framing depth and dimension along with decoration filled with interesting aspects yet subtle enough to keep the main object the center of attention.
Each Chapter holds a formal meeting where at least three Certified Competition Judges choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Popular Choice. These winners go on to the International level to be judged again at the conference in Las Vegas. The framing is judged on technique, technology, preservation and design.
My entry won both 1st Place and Popular Choice at the Chapter level and High Point First Time Entry at the International. At that time, I went through the process to become a competition judge. I have not entered since then because I have been needed to serve as a judge and cannot do both during the same year.
The Northern California Chapter recently held our annual meeting and competition where I again served as judge. Anonymity is critical to ensuring fairness and equality. Therefore, I cannot yet share any details about our winners or their entries until mid-January 2016. I can say that a great time was had by all. I will deliver a full report following the conclusion of the trade show early next year.