All but a couple people have sent back their surveys, so I am moving on towards ordering prints and preparing shipping materials. If all goes well, the first shipments should arrive in a couple weeks or so. I'll give updates as they go out.
Until then, I thought it would be fun to share some framing research I've done. I'd love to hear any feedback you might have, and the information might prove useful as you look for options to frame your reward prints.
My initial idea was to use the Kickstarter funds to have prints professionally framed, but the price point is so high that I think I'm going to go the route of ordering frames and assembling them myself. Not only does the money go farther, but I can charge less for the framed art.
My first thought was these inexpensive frames from Utrecht. I'll buy a few of these as a low-risk option. They even come with mats (at smaller sizes anyway).
But I'd also like to use this funding opportunity to do something more distinctive. Here are a few things I've found:
Stainless Steel Frame from Room and Board
I like the idea of this one, but it's expensive.
For about a third the price, I found this option:
Black Oxide Frame from CB2
This is the 5x7 version - the 8 x 10 has an off-center crop that may or may not be for you.
Finally, I've used pictureframes.com in the past, and these seem very distinctive (I've included suede mats in the mockups). They are not for everyone, which is a risk when you are trying to sell them to a general audience. Also, they are pretty expensive once you add up the frame, the mats, and the glass.
And finally, this Art Nouveau Number:
What do you think? Comments are welcome.