Q&A with Wyman Frame

Wyman Frame, a division of nonprofit Dale Rogers Training Center, manufactures custom picture frames while providing jobs and training opportunities for people with disabilities. Carla Folks, Certified Picture Framer (CPF), Professional Picture Framers Association, has framed for Wyman Frame since 2013.

Question: How do people with disabilities assist with the frame-making process?

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Julie and Dennis work together on a framing project.

Carla: We have trained many people in cutting moulding and glass. They also assemble frames, install hanging hardware and wrap them for delivery. Our individuals like seeing the stacks of things being done. They get to tell their friends, ‘I get to work on this. This is cool.’

Q: How do you pass along some of your framing expertise to those served at Wyman Frame?

A: It’s very adaptable. Sometimes what works for me, doesn’t work for them. It’s a matter of finding what works for each person, because we’re so unique and learn differently.

Q: What’s the difference between a ready-made frame and custom framing?

A: For ready-made, you are more or less on your own, and the quality of materials can drastically affect the condition of your artwork over time. Custom framing costs a little more, but using archival components can help ensure your items last as long as possible. Our expertise can help walk you through the process of choosing a mat and frame that will perfectly compliment the artwork and look terrific wherever you display it.

Q: What are some of the most unusual pieces you have ever framed?

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Wedding dress framed at Wyman Frame.

A: My favorite was framing a wedding dress. I’ve also framed items brought in by an elderly lady that her mother saved in the sinking of the Titanic. She had a menu, some jewelry and a book. It was very interesting hearing the story and seeing the items.

Learn more about Wyman Frame at WymanFrame.org, or visit them at 2502 N. Utah Ave., Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC) is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs 1,000 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

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Reasons to go with custom framing

Purchasing a ready-made frame from a big box store can be tempting because of the price. When it comes to protecting treasured family photos or other special items, it pays to do a little research. The quality of materials can drastically affect the condition of your artwork over time. Custom frames cost a little more than a ready-made frame but we will break down reasons why it is worth the investment.

Protect Your Art

Framed Foo Fighters concert poster.Whether you have a poster from a concert, event or a cherished photo, these memorabilia should be treated properly. Anything that comes in contact with your artwork should be acid free and archival in quality or else you risk damage to your art over time. Custom framing with archival components is the best way to ensure your items last as long as possible in the best condition.

Make the Frame Work For Your Art

With custom framing, there are hundreds of options available providing many ways to create a special frame for your cherished item. If you are trying to use a ready-made frame when trying to frame artwork with non-standard dimensions, you will end up with an uneven mat or other make-it-work solutions. Custom framing ensures your final product will look tailor made and will perfectly fit your artwork.

Personalized Service

When just picking up a frame from the store, you are more or less on your own. It is not always a bad thing, but ideally, the frame you end up with should work to enhance what you are putting inside it.

If you do not quite have a vision for your project, there is nothing like the insight of a framing expert. Wyman Frame can work with you to choose a mat and frame that will perfectly compliment the artwork and look right at home wherever you display it.

We will always go the extra mile to ensure your favorite pictures, prints and other memorabilia are preserved properly, beautifully framed and received in a timely manner.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC since 2013 where she trains/supervises people with disabilities on various projects.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.

Four framing options for a print

Four Paseo Arts Festival posters framed with different materials.

I recently had the chance to frame one poster, designed by Dale Rogers Training Center Senior Graphic Designer Brian Landreth, four ways. Each person having their print framed had a different idea of what they wanted, and ended up highlighting various elements within the same artwork.

In this case, the multitude of colors in the piece, along with the many combinations we can offer at Wyman Frame, worked for their framing project.

The results

The white frame with grey mat was chosen because of the neutral colors in the client’s home. This person also wanted the framed result to be larger because she had a big space to fill on her wall.

The clean lines of the black frame gave the piece a gallery framed look.

The brown frame was used for the client that had a lot of warm wood tones in the room where the art was going to hang. It brought out some of the warm colors in the art that weren’t really noticeable at first.

The frame on the right was chosen by the artist who was interested in bringing out the less dominate blue in the piece. We chose a blue mat that worked well and then used two frames to achieve the look we wanted. The bright green inner frame looks great between the blue mat and black frame making a dynamic framing option for an exceptional piece of art.

Conclusion

All of the frame choices worked because we used colors that could be found in the art. There is no right way to frame a picture so choose what works for you and enjoy it.

Carla Folks works at Wyman Frame, a division of Dale Rogers Training Center (DRTC). Carla has been a Certified Picture Framer since 1989 and has framed for DRTC since 2013 where she trains/supervises people with disabilities on various projects.

DRTC is the oldest and largest community vocational training and employment center for people with disabilities in Oklahoma. With multiple locations in Oklahoma, DRTC trains or employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities per year. Visit us online: DRTC.org.