A Visit with the Pope

A client brought mementos of a special visit with the Pope in Rome. A shadowbox solution was proposed to accommodate the beanie without crushing it. We decided to inset the smaller items into a window in the mat to give them emphasis and visual organization. Attention was paid to both appropriate aesthetics and overall size. The final result is a gem that protects and presents the memory of this event for the client and his family. 

Photo of The Pope, papal beanie, and a crucifix were elements that needed to be included in the shadowbox. 

Photo of The Pope, papal beanie, and a crucifix were elements that needed to be included in the shadowbox. 

A deep shadowbox frame in ornate silver was selected for height to accommodate the 4" beanie. The gilded style was repeated in a smaller silver filet.

A deep shadowbox frame in ornate silver was selected for height to accommodate the 4" beanie. The gilded style was repeated in a smaller silver filet.

Batting was prepared to add volume to the inside of the beanie, which will be sewn to the backing mat. Sewing is archival because it can be undone with a few snips. 

Batting was prepared to add volume to the inside of the beanie, which will be sewn to the backing mat. Sewing is archival because it can be undone with a few snips. 

The elements are ready for assembly: frame, mat, and mounted objects. 

The elements are ready for assembly: frame, mat, and mounted objects. 

The project was finished with Museum Glass to protect it from light damage and offer minimal visual interference. Can you see the glass? 

The project was finished with Museum Glass to protect it from light damage and offer minimal visual interference. Can you see the glass?