I totally agree Beveled.Most of us can say that we offer cheaper options. The issue, however, is that we've been slammed as an industry, and it should concern us. Why? Because this person is a syndicated columnist, who obviously has a following. It amazes me how many people take to heart the things that Martha Stewart says, or Oprah, or people that for one reason or another have a following. Some of you think it was merely tongue in cheek, but if WE aren't sure of it, will the public be?
We've been insulted as a group, unfairly, and we should be giving a retort to this. I encourage all of you who are upset about it to leave your response to the online article.
And then we come full circle and see how, when met with being tasked with something that a trade organization is actually supposed to do, this response exemplifies why bringing up the PPFA was a bad idea to begin with.Interesting how so many of you are quick to bash the PPFA, but when you want someone with credibility to "stand up for the industry" you suggest and support the PPFA coming to bat for you to contact the writer and all publications her column appears in.........
Not me. I think its a bit funny that somebody would think the PPFA has an clout with a newspaper. If such an article ran in my local rag, I'd expect to have 100 times the pull than the PPFA. I'd think local frameshops would be able to effect/correct this article much more effectively.Interesting how so many of you are quick to bash the PPFA, but when you want someone with credibility to ......
It is really nice to know that other people (not just framers) see that what she has been writing is a mistake.This was a very well written response by Art Writer of Waynesboro, VA to the article in the Hartford Courant
Carefully choose your Doctor, Dentist, Mechanic, spiritual adviser, and most importantly for you heirs: Picture Framer; because they are going to live with your choice long after you're gone.
I wonder who this person is.
Thanks for your kind words. I posted my reply to her, just scroll up to #34.Thanks for posting that, Dave. Her characterization of her intent and approach is about what I figured. Thanks for (apparently) taking a positive approach when responding to her. That puts our professionalism in a good light. I think we all need to accentuate the positive in these kinds of situations and not take everything so personally. (As often happens during discussions here on the G) Knowing your skill as a writer and as a representative of our industry, I am confident you showed her the best of what we stand for.
If you wouldn't mind, maybe you could copy and post what you sent to her. Thanks.
I do have to comment on this one: my coworker actually goes to the tanning booth on her lunch hour.It was a slur against Patsy Kline also!!
PS: Let me know when you see a framer with a tan. Aside from Surfer Bill, of course.....
Great!I do have to comment on this one: my coworker actually goes to the tanning booth on her lunch hour.
Comes back smelling like coconut. On purpose. Because she knows I hate the smell.
Me, I prefer my natural ruddiness. ^_^
Dear Mr. Lantrip,
... I didn’t mean to tar all framers with the same brush. My column ... is supposed to be a light-hearted look at all the travails – and costs – of trying to decorate your home. I exaggerate; I’m a notorious cheapskate. I think you and many framers suffered from a lack of context when reading this.
There's a well-known road that's paved with "good intentions" ...Many framers misinterpreted her message and I'll bet John Q Public did also. Sarcasm is a double edged sword. When it works, it works well but when it lands on somebody wrong, it cuts deep. ... 30-40 year olds (our typical customer) ... are probably the same crowd that reads papers. They have just received conformation from a popular designer that we are all crooks. She says she didn't mean to do that ...
I don't think your wrong Jay H.Being a sarcasm expert I did pick up on her less-than-serious writing style. Many framers misinterpreted her message and I'll bet John Q Public did also. Sarcasm is a double edged sword. When it works, it works well but when it lands on somebody wrong, it cuts deep.
I suspect we would reprimand any framer who poked fun at a designer in such a public manner wouldn't we? I know there are many framers here who do not like working with them but still suspect they wouldn't support something like that. Maybe I'm wrong.
...(her article was not in a blog but in 30 newspapers) ...