What a wonderful story, Mar. Now I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for part 2. Congratulations on this great milestone in your life. I am so happy that you found the perfect outlet for your creativity and personality, as, I'm sure, are your many loyal customers. Even though we have never been in the same room together, you are one of my favorite framer friends.
I started framing in 1972, my first year of college. I won't hog your thread with the whole story, but let's say I was lucky to kind of "fall into" this industry too.
I may have shown you this before, but I also have that Kramer print. It hangs in the bathroom at my shop. Here's how I have it framed.
(The frame pattern on the wallpaper is from a rubber stamp I carved.)
Hurry and post Episode 2 of your story. I feel like I'm streaming a show and my connection is down.
Hmmm. What would I have done if not for framing? I probably would have tried earning a living slogging in the art mines - making stuff and selling it (or at least trying to sell it) at art and craft shows on the weekends. I really do not know. I dropped out of college after 3 semesters so I could marry my first wasband, but I had already decided I did not want to be an art teacher because I did not like kids.