Continuing a tradition of framing design excellence, Sarah entered her
first competition in February of 2002. The PPFA competiton subject was
a Black & White photograph entitled "The Door". Created by
Washington DC photographer, Janine Sides, her image of a rustic
doorway created a challenge which Sarah tackled with winning results.
Sarah matted the photograph in a triple mat, all with reverse bevels,
dark gray, off-white, and dark gray. Manager Candy Peeters executed
exquisitely fine French lines around the opening of the top mat.
The presentation was completed with a large matte black capped metal
moulding. The clean presentation pleased the judges in Madison, as
it took First Place at the Wisconsin Chapter level, qualifiying the
piece to proceed to the National Competition in Lousiville.
In May at the National PPFA framing competition, Sarah's design
garnished the Third Place Award!
2002 National PPFA
Louisville - 3rd Place
Sarah and her design team continued winning Wisconsin PPFA Chapter awards by taking the Second Place in 2003, Third Place in 2004 and First Place again in 2005. Sarah’s 2005 entry of a pair of frog etchings went on to take an Honorable Mention at the National level as well.
2007 National Australian
Sydney - 3rd Place
In 2007, The Frame Workshop of Appleton became the first frame shop in the world to win a framing award on three continents, when Sarah’s entry took the Third Place award at the National Australian Framing Competition in Sydney.
Sarah actually sent down two entries that both made the final round of highly commended pieces from a field of over 100 entries. The image in this competition was fine art Giclée print entitled “The Quiet Sentinel” and is a photo of a well known lighthouse in Macquarie Harbour in western Tasmania.
Sarah’s double matted presentation is separated with a deep fillet that matches the clear dark silver frame and is also accented by a fine glass etched line on the surface. The judges loved her simple clean approach which captured the haunting light and shadow that emanates from the photo.
2008 PPFA Framing Competition
Wisconsin Chapter - First Place
Popular Choice & Judges Award
After a four year break from PPFA Framing Competitions, The Frame Workshop was
again in the Fall of 2008 when John’s term on the PPFA National Board had
vintage necklace was used as the subject matter while framers from
country all framed
this identical piece and entered at their State or Regional
John & Sarah designed their entry together which captured the First Place Award at the
and thus qualified to go onto the National PPFA Competition. Staff framer,
contributed in this winning entry which won in addition the Popular
Choice Award and the
Award for creativity.
The frame selected was a Larson-Juhl Sofia-Iron profile 520752 with a matching fillet
presentation. A Silver Pongee silk fabric from Frank’s Fabrics was used behind
embossed with three dimensional elements to support the piece. View
detail work in this framed entry.
| The Frame Workshop of Appleton, Inc. has now been awarded well
over 85 framing awards since 1978.