Twitter has a new location in Cambridge’s Kendall Square! Thankfully, Twitter has searched out local Boston artists and crafts people’s work for the interior spaces. A Street Frames framed this substantial piece of Masonite titled, “Ripening” by Somerville artist Resa Blatman (@resablatman) for a Twitter conference room. “Ripening” has been laser-cut with all of the intricate shapes you see and then painted. Blatman is a graduate of MassArt and Boston University and is founder of Somerville’s Blatman Design, known among other things for unique, “cut-edge” paintings.

“Before I start the painting process, I spend 3-4 months designing the edges of the panels on the computer. Once the design is complete, I have the edges professionally laser cut. The design, preparation, and painting of this work is extremely labor intensive.” – Resa Blatman on cut-edge painting

“Ripening” by Resa Blatman, Photograph by A Street Frames

Exploring the Nuances of Framing Fragile Pieces

The tricky part of working on this piece was trying to add enough substrate to lift the piece off of the backing board and still have it be secure, which was a real challenge. The staff at A Street Frames had to limit the actual handling of this piece as much as possible due to how fragile the finer elements of piece are. This made the planning process more important than ever.

“Ripening” being finished up at A Street Frames’ Cambridge location

Framing “Ripening” at A Street Frames’ Cambridge Location

The finished piece is approximately 40×80 inches. It is floated in a white lacquer frame made of maple with a matching solid white lacquer backing board. Blatman is renowned for bringing nature into her art, which is highlighted below in the snapshot of the piece. After the framing was completed, the frame was expertly shipped across Cambridge to Twitter’s Kendall Square Headquarters. A Street Frames is honored to have been able to frame such a beautiful, nature-inspired piece for a high-profile company like Twitter. We congratulate Resa Blatman for producing such memorable art.

Blatman is renowned for bringing nature into her art