Wainwright framer wins first place world-wide in the ‘open’ competition

Christine Hasenhündl, owner of Hako-Oja
Studio & Custom Framing in Wainwright is
officially Certified Picture Framer, a title only 25 Canadians possess currently. Store greeter ‘Mina’ sits in front for a photo with her owner. ECA Review/Submitted

Christine Hasenhündl, owner of Hako-Oja Studio & Custom Framing, located in Wainwright, Alta., inspired by many successes winning multiple awards each of the four years previous, has culminated in a first-place finish in the 2020 International Open Competition, along with second place in the Print Competition.

“Winning first place in the world has been my dream for the past six years.

“Now that I’ve done it in the ‘Open Competition’, I want to win first in the ’Print Competition.”

The PPFA holds two International Framing Competitions.

One called the ‘Open’, in which anything can be framed. The other is the ‘Print Competition’, that requires all entrants to frame the same item(s).

Hasenhündlreceived first place in Canada and then went on to win honourable mention world-wide, which was the first time a Canadian had won an award in the competition’s 30 year history.

Hasenhündl has earned the prestigious Certified Picture Framer (CPF®) designation from the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA®).

This frame gave Hasenhündl a second-place finish in the 2020 Print Competition.
ECA Review/Submitted

The designation permits Hasenhündl to use the CPF professional designation after meeting rigorous qualifications.

“This is all very exciting. I am honoured and grateful,” she said. “The PPFA board and its members are incredible and have played a large part in my career and my successes.”

PPFA initiated the CPF program in 1986 to raise the standards of the framing profession, improve education within the industry, and recognize framers who demonstrate a broad knowledge and skills of established professional criteria.

Hasenhündl now joins the elite group of approximately 25 framers across Canada with this distinction.

Christine started her career in picture framing in 1998, working for, and learning from, several frame shops in Edmonton.

This sequence framed by Hasenhündl won first place at the 2020 Open Competition. ECA Review/Submitted

She opened Hako-Oja Studio & Custom Framing (using her maiden name) in Wainwright on March 27, 2004, and has been a member of the PPFA since then.

For the past six years, she has been attending the PPFA International Conference held annually in Las Vegas.

It consists of many educational seminars which she enjoys, as well as a tradeshow showcasing all the latest equipment and supplies.

“It is like a candy store for framers,” said Hasenhündl.



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