Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Welcome Marchesa!

The Marchesa, photographed by Man Ray, 1924

We welcome the Marchesa, our latest member, named after the famous Italian style icon Marchesa Luisa Casati. No, not kin to me per se, just a fabulous matching last name...  although I'd certainly love to emulate her! Wow, she had sass! (A lot of it...) And a love for strange animals....... hmmm, where have I heard that before?
(PS: that link's worth a read! She was a wild one!)

This is our Marchesa. Our Marchesa also has dreams.......
right now she is dreaming of those fantastic new Italian leather bags by KiraKira that she will soon be wearing.
Here is Suzanne's Espresso Devonshire tote in Espresso:

I will let you know when they arrive, just check for updates on Facebook!

Speaking of which: did you know that the new star of La Linea Bella ! TITUS has joined Facebook as well?
Yep, you can visit him on his own page where he will post super ADORABLE pictures of himself and share his opinion on some of what goes on in the frame shop... and his adventures in framing, customer service and design! He has already made some dog friends, including Ammo the Dachshund and they've been in touch with each other -- Titus is very impressed with Ammo, who lives at another frame shop in Pennsylvania and is FULL of stories.

Come and visit Titus any time -- he spends the day sleeping off his play hangovers under my desk but welcomes hugs and treats any time -- and will gladly offer his advice on your design choices!

And don't forget to come and check out WHITLEY Design's new jewelry that arrived last week!

See y'all soon!

Beate & Titus

Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's still raining! Paper Conservation / Mold removal

With all this rain and humidity, I know my artwork has been buckling a bit in its frames... it's almost unavoidable. Remember to keep an eye on your framed art for foxing, mildew or a milky film on the interior of the glass in this weather. If you have any concerns, pop by and we can take a peek.

Here's a great link to help answer some of the questions for really wet or water damaged art work you may have. It also answers some questions about mold -- and remember, a paper conservator is the only real "doctor" for mold on artwork on paper:

For local paper conservation, we recommend and work with Blue Ridge Book Conservation:

Stay dry and safe and see you soon!