(Welcome to Susie, who is trying out for a spot on the AT SF editorial team. Enjoy her post!)
What with the bounty of affordable art online, our queue of prints waiting to be framed has gotten rapidly out of hand. Of course, there was a time when framing wasn't such a big deal—the days of using that weird blue clay to stick posters to the wall don't seem so far gone. And yet, they are. In a grown-up home, unframed art can look a little naked.
Professional framers are so pricey that DYI framing is often the best solution. We've all broken more than a few fingernails wrestling with the fabulous Ikea Ribba frames. Sometimes, though, a special print or photograph warrants special treatment. After all, custom framing is an art in itself. And Dan King, owner of Edgewise Arts in the Mission, is a master.
Dan's manner is so chill that it's almost a shock when we unfurl our art and he launches into business mode. Whether a piece demands a vintage gilt frame or a molded-silicone frame imported from Prague, Dan always seems to find a surprising and beautiful match. Of course, no custom framing is cheap. We've been known to spend more on framing than on the art itself. But Dan's eye is so perceptive, his selection so varied, and his craftsmanship so expert that the splurge seems entirely worthy.
3481 19th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110