DOCUMENTS: DIPLOMAS, SCROLLS & KATUBAHS

Despite the advent of the digital "paperless" age, there is still a plethora of stuff on paper to be framed. The "Document" category covers a wide range of items but, in every case, what's on the paper is a story that is communicated in words, pictures or both. All works of art on paper, be they images or words, should be under glass. We hear this comment a lot, where clients say to us "I don't want any glass in the frame." Our answer is pretty uniform: "We don't recommend this."

Paper tends to absorb moisture, dust, environmental pollutants and other degrading elements. In addition, it can be eaten by insects, faded by UV light, dented or cut by sharp objects or careless passers-by and so on. There are many good reasons to put the paper object into a frame with glass. That said, there are a lot of ways to approach the frame design, depending upon the nature of the paper object and its ultimate hanging place that do not obscure the paper's presence and, instead, enhance its image.

This category focuses on three distinct paper documents: Diplomas, Scrolls and Katubahs. Represented in a different category are paper art that includes prints, etchings, serigraphs, posters and other fine-art paper objects.

In the downtown Chicago Loop, where our frame shop is located, there are a lot of colleges and universities. In addition, there are a ton of law firms and attorneys. Invariably, we end up taking in small collections of diplomas and certificates from these clients who have decided that it might be high time to put their credentials up on the walls of their office. So, we take in from them their undergraduate degree, their law degree, their Illinois law license, their Federal law license and any other certificates of achievement that they consider important (very often all at once after they have languished in their drawers for a number of years).

As regards scrolls, many of them come from the Orient (China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc.). They usually get framed in long, narrow shadowbox frames as you will see here. Very often, they are calligraphy, either with or without pictures painted. Should you have the occasion to visit Asia and return with a scroll, we will design a frame that suits their profile and story.

Becoming ever more popular among our Jewish clients are highly decorative Katubahs, which are, essentially, marriage contracts. They are becoming an art form unto themselves. They can be beautifully hand calligaphed and illustrated in a way that reminds one of a medieval manuscript. A number of them are represented here.

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