Use caution while hanging your art

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Thursday May 31, 2018

Do not use 3M Command self sticking strips to hang your art

It was a strange day in Striving Artists’ life. A customer brings in an art piece with broken glass. A frame fell from the wall. Why? Because she did not want a security hook to make a pin hole in her wall. She used “3M Command” self stick instead. You already know the result.
It was even more painful for her because she was just back from a dentist appointment.
In about half an hour another customer comes in with broken glass. This time glass was damaged during shipping from New York. It was very painful for this lady as well. You guessed it right: she was just back from a dentist appointment.
I didn’t even have a chance to start my lunch, as another customer came in with broken glass! He was rearranging the art on a wall and stepped on the frame. No, he didn’t go to the dentist today!
So, there are three lessons from today’s events.
First lesson: DO NOT USE 3M or ANY OTHER self sticks to hang your art. Buy security hooks from Striving Artists or any hardware store .
Second lesson: Hire a professional to package your art for shipping.
We can help you with this as well.

Third lesson: DO NOT WALK OVER FRAME! We CANNOT help you with this. Only YOU CAN!

December 24, 2017

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A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

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December 17, 2017

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Remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Design by Striving Artists, photography by Boris Smorodinsky

The most recognizable and poignant of military medals, The Purple Heart could be displayed alone and still carry a great deal of meaning, remembrance, and reflection. However, our goal was to anchor it in a specific moment of great national tragedy and create an homage to a date that will live in infamy.
Last year on the 75th remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor and all the souls lost that day, we created a memorial piece that expressed the somber concept of “infamy”.
Much like the sunken vessels that are still displayed today, as they were then, to illustrate the devastation of that day, we chose U.S.S. Oklahoma as the backdrop for this memorial piece.
We selected frame mouldings that emulate the oxidized and aged iron, as a metaphor for faded memories of those lost sailors. The shape of the frame was designed to imply the merging of a porthole and a star. A porthole, in conceptual terms, gives one the ability to envision the future or gaze upon the past. The star symbolizes the patriotic spirit that stands strong, reaching out in all directions.

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