Open Studio Event • Sat Dec 2
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
The picture framing industry, like many, is realizing the importance of being environmentally responsible. Most manufacturers are already making changes to produce products with a lower “carbon footprint”, managing waste carefully, controlling air pollution from the finishing process, and managing effluents that may otherwise enter the water system. Others, particularly those working overseas, may not practice responsible forestry, or pay special attention to pollution. Everything is driven by price. We even had a vender feign ignorance stating, “We don’t have to worry about going green, we buy all our moulding overseas.”
We believe it is time for change. Ten years ago we re-dedicated our picture framing business towards reinventing our processes, deploying “green best practices” aiming to lead our industry, and focusing on suppliers that share our point of view.
We discovered this was not easy, and is not a destination but rather a journey. We constantly refine and improve our methods as well as encourage our clients and our supply chain to join us in this mission. Our focus is moulding “Made in the USA” from sustainably forested woods. These are our featured products, which we strive to make as affordable as possible to our customers than less eco-friendly alternatives. This also includes designing in optimal sizes to minimize waste and using every scrap possible for a productive purpose.
We take recycling as far as humanly possible, with cut-offs and scraps reused in creative ways, converted into products, or given away through local online sites such as Nextdoor and Craigslist. This has cut our waste by over 75% - far beyond government regulations.
We have the landed largest inventory of frame moulding and matt board in the region—over 50,000 feet in 450 styles. As we purchase our raw materials in bulk, which is more cost efficient, and reduces packaging and shipping, small special orders are virtually eliminated. This reduces cost to our clients, shortens turnaround and is less wasteful. Our clients learn how to “buy green” and therefore we help them save - both in the carbon footprint of the work and reducing the cost of framing.
In summary, we discovered that our strategy simultaneously cuts waste, reduces labor and paperwork costs, saves on packaging and shipping, reduces our cost of materials, enables faster turnaround and saves on our clients’ budgets. We hope you like our approach and work with us as we continually refine our methods, striving to offer exceptional design, value and craftsmanship on your next project.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Our latest projects for the United States District Court was among our "greenest" to date, the best practices applied at every step of the process. This program presently covers the 3rd and 4th floor of the Courthouse, the 2nd floor program is temporary in storage while a new courtrtoom is being constructed.
Framing was produced locally in our Oakland production studio, printed in Montclair by Bennett hall using an artisan labor approach. The frame moulding is a U.S. forested and manufactured solid Cherry wood; produced using FSC certified methods by Larson Juhl, a Warren Buffett Company. Matting is all rag board or the new Biltmore line from Larson, also FSC Certified.
This project consists in total of over 150 historical different fine art giclee prints which provide an educational local history experience for jurors, judges, staff, lawyers and visitors for the facility. The program includes Oakland, Alameda, Richmond, Fremont area and Contra Costa County. Stories about the development of Oakland, Lake Merritt, the Waterfront, the transcontinental railroads, ferry systems, the airport including Charles Lindberg and Amelia Earhart, the Liberty Ships and war effort in the Area, UC Berkeley, Mission San Jose, Martinez and much more.Each image was digitally mastered from the best available historical original - editorial collaboraton was by the local Hon. Judge Jensen, former Alameda county District Attorney/
Larger projects are done often produced using lower cost materials imported from Asia, "jungle woods". Production operations often do not practice suitable forest stewardship, manage the effluents from their mills or control the exhaust from their finishing operations in an optimal manner (VOCs).
-doing what we can to keep America working
In our process, we repurpose overcuts into smaller frames, further reducing waste from the project.
We commend the United States District Courts for choosing to go local - producing in San Francisco, as well as selecting renewable low-carbon impact materials throughout this project.
See California Images Story on Oakland Exhibit
website: US District Courts
California Images Public Galleries -how to acquire selected views from this exhibit
Article from Mercury News: US Courts Programs 2008