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Larson-Juhl is pleased to announce the 3rd annual Design Star Competition. If you are a Custom Framer, this is your opportunity to showcase your  design skills.

 

Christian Harwell of Cyrus Custom framing in Canton, Ohio is the 2014 Design Star. As part of his prize, he has been collaborating with the Larson-Juhl Design Team, creating a new collection of frame mouldings. He will be in the Larson-Juhl booth at the WCAF show in Las Vegas on January 26, 2015 to help unveil the collection.   

 

Enter your best designs for a chance to be the next DESIGN STAR!!!

 
 
The categories you may enter are:  

Frame Designs for Objects

This category includes all objects, regardless of depth, as shallow as coins or something requiring extenders behind the shadowbox to create enough depth to accommodate it.

2014 Category Winner Michael Mixon from Hanging Around Hoover in Birmingham, AL




Frame Designs for Mirrors

A mirror has no inherent design of its own so this is a great chance to create a one-of-a-kind design. Perhaps you can try out that stacked moulding combination you have been waiting to use.

@014 Category Winner Malia Bolt from Purple House Gallery and Frame Studio in Gainsville, GA




Frame Designs for Textiles

This category includes items such as needlework, tapestries, and fabric covered bulletin boards. Dimensional textile items like sports jerseys or christening gowns should be entered in the object category.
 
@014 Category Winner Mark Richards from Repartee Gallery & Frameworks in Orem, UT




Frame Designs for Documents

This encompasses pretty much anything with text, including diplomas, awards, calligraphy, newspaper articles, etc.

2014 Category Winner Jeni Bushar from Home Accents Custom Picture Framing in Effingham, IL




Frame Designs for Art on Canvas

This category is for any artwork painted or printed on canvas.
 
2014 Category Winner Mark Richards from Repartee Gallery & Frameworks in Orem, UT

 


Frame Designs for Art on Paper

This category is for any artwork on paper, either original or reproduction.

2014 Category Winner Patrick Conrad from Fastframe of Solana Beach in Solana Beach, CA




Frame Designs for Photography

Any photos, from studio portraits to images people take themselves, or fine art photography should be entered here. Please note, if photos are combined with objects, they should be entered as objects.

2014 Category Winner Christian Harwell from Cyrus Custom Framing in Canton, OH

 


Rules

All designs to be framed using only Larson-Juhl moudlings. To enter, submit a high resolution digital photo of your frame design. You may enter all categories, just one, or any combination. You may submit multiple entries per category. This is a great oppotunity to one person to show their range of skills or for a multiple person staff to compte with themselves and others. We reserve the right to change the entry category if we feel it was entered into the wrong one. For example, last year someone entered in the Art on Paper category. The design did include an art print, but there were also objects which necessitated using a shadowbox so we reclassified it in the Objects category.

 

We realize there is a cost to creating the designs you enter in a competition like this. Therefore, we suggest you consider entering frame designs you do for your customers, in addition to anything you create specifically for yourself or your frame shop. If needed, ask your customer’s permission to use their frame designs. Christian's winning design this year was a piece he did for a customer. They were so proud when he won they provided everything for him to duplicate their piece to display in his shop.

 

Each entry must be submitted via e-mail to DesignStar@larsonjuhl.com with just one entry per email. In the email, please state the name of your business, the name of the designer, a headshot of the designer, a brief description of the entry and a list of the Larson-Juhl mouldings used in your design. By entering, you give Larson-Juhl permission to use your photos for promotional and educational purposes. All entries must be received on or before November 15th.

 

About Your Photos

Your entries will be judged based on what is visible in the photo you submit. Therefore, the quality of your photo is extremely important. Small digital files can be fuzzy when printed large enough for the judges to review, so it’s advantageous to submit good quality images. In each of the last two competitions there were entries that looked like they might be great designs, but the photos were too fuzzy to judge them fairly.

 

If your design has glass over it, photograph it without glass, if possible. If the glass is an integral part of your design, such as a shadowbox, and you must photograph it with glass, do what you can to avoid excess reflections.

 

The best photos are taken straight on. Standing off to one side can distort details. If your design includes details requiring a side view, please submit one or more additional photos to show them, but your primary photo should be from the front view.

 

Judges

Your entries will be judged by design experts. All judges will be announced at the awards presentation at the WCAF show in Las Vegas on Monday, January 26, 2015.

 

Prizes

Individual prizes will be awarded in ALL seven categories. Awards will be announced at the Design Star event at the WCAF Show on Monday,  January 26th in Las Vegas.

 

Frame Designs for Objects

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Mirrors

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Textiles

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Documents

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Art on Canvas

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Art on Paper

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Frame Designs for Photography

1st Place

  • $200 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

2nd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

3rd Place

  • A Professionally Framed Certificate
  • A Press Release (for you to provide to your local media)

 

Grand Prize

  • $500 Larson-Juhl Moulding Credit
  • Collaborate with the Larson-Juhl Design Team on a new moulding collection
  • An Award and Professionally Framed Certificate
  • Press in Trade Publication
  • A Press Release for you to provide to your local media)
  • Featured in Trade Advertising
  • Bragging Rights for 1 Year!

 

Register to Attend Design Star

Registration to attend the Design Star event is not yet open. Details will be posted here as soon as they are available. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

You DO NOT have to be present to win BUT our winners have sure been happy they were there to claim their prizes!!! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!