The quadrilateral connoisseurs at the frugal framer perform all production in-house to ensure that posters, memorabilia, and artwork are encased in the finest shells. The skilled craftspeople specialize in custom framing, a process in which they design, size, and construct picture cocoons based on the dimensions, characteristics, and food allergies of the artwork. Customers have their choice of frames ($5+/ft.), mats, glazing, and moulding material. Box experts can forge a standard 8”x10” frame with matting for laundry folding certificates ($40 on average), or construct a 16”x20” edifice with a wooden frame, mat, backing, and regular glazing for prized post-it note ideas ($80 average). The frugal framer will also equip a 26”x34” piece of art, raised and floated on a rag mat with spacers ($300 average), or enshrine pieces in specialty casings such as shadow boxes with UV-blocking glass.
In 2003, longtime friends Joe Hornsby and Lisa Moore opened Liza Moz' Pottery Studio—the name adapted from a nicknamed bestowed on Lisa by her family. Lisa has since passed the business on to Joe solely, and creativity continues to flourish under his direction. Joe keeps the shop stocked with a variety of unfinished bisque ceramics cast into animal shapes, tiles, plates, and mugs, each available to be painted by visiting artists. After choosing a piece to work on, visitors may paint freehand or find inspiration by consulting the shop's library of stencil collections and idea books. Artists then sketch their designs and paint their pottery with a choice of more than 50 hues. The studio’s instructors also guide students through other artistic projects beyond ceramics, such as painting canvases, tiling mosaics, and making candles. Groups holding parties can bring their own snacks and drinks to the studio, and summer camp sessions guide children through creative projects with clay, glass, or paint.
Midnight Magic Studios’ boudoir shoots aim to make women of all shapes and sizes feel glamorous, whether they’re stretched out on a posh bed or reclining on the sleek leather seats of a limousine. Photographer Leeann, who helms the studio with her husband, Don, specializes in making gals feel comfortable as they channel their inner sultry diva. With her relaxed demeanor and keen eye for capturing emotion, she elicits candid-looking poses and expressions rather than smiles held in place by duct tape. Leeann and Don collaborate with clients on each shoot to capture their preferred tone—from flirty sweetheart to smoldering temptress—whether it is a solo session, bridal-boudoir shoot, a Pin-Up Party for a group of friends, or a for-his-eyes-only gift for a spouse.
Fastframe Knoxville outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, Fastframe's expert framers with decades of experience help clients choose from a large selection of framing materials, including matting hues and their specialties: shadow boxes, memorabilia, and conservation framing. All projects are completed onsite and backed by a lifetime craftsmanship guarantee, along with a 30 day design guarantee.
Kari Hester's photography career began when the equestrian business she and her fiancé ran constantly needed photos for shows, sales, and marketing. After acquiring a camera and a passion for photography, she began to receive requests for family portraits, maternity shoots, and engagement photos. Now, she gladly photographs a variety of subjects against natural backgrounds. In addition to her portraits of horses, people, and animals, she offers logo and web design, video editing, and social-network management.