Kevin Rieck does custom framing and shadowboxes. He
specializes in museum-grade preservation of concert
posters, music memorabilia, sports collectibles, and more.
Kevin had the oppurtunity to work on a very special
project this year. He had to frame a 50-year-old woven
tapestry that commemorated the beginning of the
Lutheran religion in 1517. Once framed, this tapestry was
re-dedicated and displayed inside the Temple Lutheran Church
in Havertown, PA to celebrate the 500 year Annivarsary of
the Lutheran religion.
The planning process was not as easy as Kevin thought.
The piece was too large and heavy for typical supplies like
a matboard and foam board to be used. Kevin decided
that using a wood backing board, wrapped in felt would
be best and screwed that to the back of the double
shadowbox frame. He then mounted strips of cedar inside
the frame to keep insects from attacking the tapestry.
The tapestry was secured to the wood backer with a
stainless steel rod and brushed aluminum hardware bolted
through the wood. The piece was secured to the wall with a
48" French cleat.
Omega Moulding was the supplier used by Kevin and the frame was from CJ Moulding in Hackensack, NJ. The
frame consists of an interior shadowbox moulding fused
with a wide decorative outer moulding to provide
additional strength to the piece. The rest of the work was
done by Kevin himself.
Kevin used ACRYLITE® because of its lightweight,
durability, and UV protection. "I used ACRYLITE® UV
filtering OP3 for its clarity. I have never had a problem
with flaws in this product," Kevin mentions. ACRYLITE® is
known for its strength and safety over glass. As this was
being hung in a public space with lots of kids running
around, ACRYLITE® was a safe bet. The UV protection
works to keep this 50-year-old tapestry looking vibrant.