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Hello Framers!

As you all know PPFA has a New Home. We are now Part of  Monarch Expositions.

Monarch Expositions is owned by Deborah Salmon and Bruce Gherman. If those names sound familiar it is because they are principles of PFM and WCAF. Monarch Expositions is a separate company from PFM and WCAF. Deborah and Bruce along with the PPFA Board and many members believe our industry will benefit from a Professional Organization.

We are all working together for a Stronger, and Brighter Organization to represent the Professional Picture Framer. We are currently working on the future of Membership, Chapters, Education, Certification, Competitions, and our Annual Convention.
Over the next few months there will be more information posted on the PPFA Facebook Page, Framers Corner, and at Chapter Events. I hope to see you all at the PPFA Annual Convention which will be in conjunction with WCAF and the National Conference January 24-27 in Las Vegas!

Thank you
Robin Gentry, PPFA President


The recent trade show in Las Vegas was one of the best ever,   and   attendees brought home many new ideas.

Some New England PPFA members brought home more than ideas. Their pieces won locally, and went on to the PPFA International Print Competition in Las Vegas. Congratulations:

1st Place: Amanda Kidd Schall, CPF & Cliff Wilson, MCPF

2nd Place: Andy Langlois, CPF














Congratulations to our president, John Harry Gaston, who has been elected to serve on the international board of directors.


The PPFA Paul Frederick Distinction for Leadership Award was awarded to Cliff Wilson, MCPF, of Framed In Tatnuck, Worcester, Mass.

After 25 years in the computer industry, including years as the Director of Color Management for Eastman Kodak and Vice President of Engineering for a couple of companies, Cliff Wilson started Framed In Tatnuck in 2002 and has been building and improving the Best Frame shop in Worcester, Mass., ever since.

A long time PPFA member, he has been an active member of the New England Chapter, served as president, and held other offices. He has been an active participant in starting programs that he eventually put into place during his service on the National Board. His involvement at the national level has included the Nominating committee, Consumer Awareness committee, and Membership committee. He was instrumental in the development of the PPFA Member Advantage Program that he started in his New England chapter and brought to an international membership package.

A Master Certified Picture Framer, and an instructor at the national and chapter level, Wilson is known for his generosity and sincere regard for sharing information, ideas and techniques. He is a member of the Framers Corner Moderator team and contributes to questions and topics on the Forum, offering valuable information and insight.

Congratulations, Winners!

Portsmouth, NH

What a great day and meeting at the Red Hook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.  The audience enjoyed many door prizes from our generous sponsors.


There were 11 pieces in the Print Competition.  Congratulations to the winners!

Framing Competition Winners 10-20-2014 Portsmouth, NH
Framing Competition Winners 10-20-2014 Portsmouth, NH

First Place:  Rob Jenisch, CPF  The Gilded Edge – Hanover, NH

Second Place: Andy Langlois, CPF  Get The Picture – Lincoln, RI

Third Place: Maureen Gagliano  Wall Street Gallery – Madison, CT (Award Accepted by Justin)

Popular Choice:  Andy Langlois, CPF  Get The Picture – Lincoln, RI

Judges Award, Hon Mention: Amanda Kidd Schall and Cliff Wilson, MCPF Framed in Tatnuck – Tatnuck, MA

Judges Award, Creative Design:  Andy Langlois, CPF  Get The Picture – Lincoln, RI

Judges Award, Best First Time Entry:  Maureen Gagliano  Wall Street Gallery – Madison, CT


Scholarship Winner

A hearty congratulations to Amanda Kidd Schall, winner of the 2014 Robert Warshawer, MCPF Scholarship.

2013/2014 Print Competition Piece Announced

The 2013 print competition piece will be available at our next chapter meeting on March 3, 2013
PRINT_2013The 2013-2014 official PRINT is a needlework creation by textile artist Nhia Lo.  With this Hmong PaNdau needlework, each piece is an exquisite, original hand-made creation. 
On a background fabric approximately 6 ½” square, the image is 4” x 4”.  The hand-made appliqué and reverse-appliqué quilt block features hand-dyed Batik fabric over magenta or rose-colored accent fabric on a tan background.  There are tiny, hand-embroidered stitches, and all fabrics are 100% cotton.  The design is a traditional Hmong design, but this particular color combination will be exclusive to PPFA.BACKGROUND — HMONG:  The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.  In 1975 tens of thousands fled to Thailand from Laos seeking political asylum.  Thousands of these refugees have resettled in Western countries since the late 1970s, mostly the United States, but also in Australia, France, Canada, South America and in smaller numbers elsewhere around the world.  Many Hmong refugees resettled in the United States after the Vietnam War.Hmong groups are often named after the dominant colors, patterns of their traditional clothing, head-dress, and the provinces from which they came.  Flower Hmong or the Variegated Hmong (Hmong Lenh or Hmong Hoa) are so named because of the bright colorful embroidery (called pa ndau, literally “flower cloth”).

BACKGROUND – PA NDAU:  When the Hmong first arrived in the United States in the late 1970s, some of the families were initially resettled in Pennsylvania.  While residing there, Hmong women learned appliqué techniques from the Amish community.  Hmong embroidery and appliqué / pa ndau feature various traditional motifs chosen for their meaning, and the blocks are known as story cloths.

Traditionally, Hmong embroidery includes bright colors and is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful.  From a young age, Hmong girls learn how to sew and copy motifs from their mothers and grandmothers.

Hmong women adapted traditional motifs and developed new styles and crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market.  From traditional textile decorations on clothes, they developed tapestry or story cloths. These tapestries first appeared in the 1980’s when the Hmong people lived in refugee camps.  Since there was little opportunity to make money, the women used their embroidery skills to earn income to support their families.

The traditional story cloth squares were adapted to larger sizes, and these oversize squares were transformed into table cloths, pillows, and wall decorations. They also inspired household and accessory items, and blocks are now often sold at local art festivals and craft shows.

BACKGROUND – ARTIST:   Textile artist Nhia Lo was born in Naam Lao, Laos.  She came to the United States in 1975 and currently resides in Morganton, NC, just on the outskirts of Asheville in the mountains of the western part of the state.

Nhia can usually be found manning her booth at many, various quilt shows around the country, including the annual Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where PPFA members first spotted Nhia and her work.  The tables in her booth are piled with hundreds of her gorgeous creations, and she always has a needle in her hand, working on another block.  Many blocks are sold individually, while others are sewn into bags / totes, clothing, or other finished items.  Always friendly, Nhia eagerly shares her passion for her craft with anyone admiring her artistry.

HANDLING CHALLENGE:  This fabric needleart will test the competitor’s knowledge of proper textile handling and mounting techniques.  Should it be laced and over-matted?  Floated? Presented straight or “on-point” in quilter’s style?  Competitors are urged to consult the publication “PPFA Guidelines for Framing Textiles and Needlework” for information on the appropriate handling of this piece.  The book is available from the PPFA bookstore and provides valuable information on preservation materials and mounting methods for all types of textiles.

The PPFA Guide to Framing Competitions requires each piece of artwork in any competition to be handled with the utmost care and be treated as if it were priceless and irreplaceable.   With that in mind, an important consideration in any competition is assessing the competitor’s knowledge of preservation standards, including the use of appropriate materials and techniques.

Framed art, including textiles, cannot be protected forever, regardless of what materials or care has been used.  Employing proper materials and procedures, however, can help prolong the life of the work and enhance the enjoyment of it.  Steps must be taken to protect the piece from contaminants in the environment and in the framing package.  Paramount in preservation framing is the assurance that methods used are totally reversible so the work is maintained in its original condition and can be removed from the frame at any time.

With any competition, it is the competing framer’s responsibility to do the research on the media being framed to determine the appropriate methods and materials to be used.  There is much to be considered, including:  matboard composition (100% cotton or virgin alpha-cellulose?  buffered or unbuffered?  thickness and adequare layering?), spacing for air circulation, glazing properties for UV filtration, sealing of frame rabbet (when is it required?  when is it optional?)

Framing competitions are about more than choosing the prettiest frame design.  The competitor must create a frame design wherein the ideal package will include all materials and techniques appropriate for the standards of preservation.

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