TEAM made in the USA

  • MADE in the USA Art Supplies

    Celebrating MADE in the USA Art Supplies is a no-brainer for BINDERS!

    America has a long tradition of self made makers and the art industry is no different. From the Strathmore Paper Company that got it's start in 1892 to KRINK markers that have been hand making creative tools for the next generation since 1998. American made art supplies are filling artist's studios and spaces the world over.

    We celebrated our 60th birthday back in October. Along with the parties, there was a lot of reminiscing and sharing of stories. Did you know our very first art supply product was a paint that would later be known as Liquitex? Permanent Pigments began in 1933 in Ohio milling artist oil paint and would later develop the first commercially available water based acrylic paint.

    So much history lives in the works we create.

    Here are just a few of the American Made art supply brands we carry. Please note that Fredrix is manufactured right here in BINDERS Art Supplies and Frame's home state of Georgia!

    Art Supplies MADE in the USA

    Fredrix Made in the USA golden artist color Made in the USA Jacquard Made in the USA Liquitex Made in the USA Speedball Made in the USA

  • Krink Markers: Handmade in the USA

    krink_usa_webTo tell the story of Krink you need to hear the story of Krink’s creator, Craig ‘KR’ Costello. KR grew up in Queens in the ‘80s surrounded by graffiti writers, skaters, and punks. Graffiti was a part of the attitude as much as it was the landscape. Everything was very DIY: emphasize your style, experiment with tools and methods.

    Krink on Paper Kami, Untitled 2012, Krink on paper. Kami is an artist living and working in Tokyo.

    In the early ‘90s KR moved to San Francisco. He used the streets of San Francisco as his very own research and development lab, experimenting with different tools and techniques to create big, drippy marker-tags. From these trials and errors, KR’s ink, or Krink, was created. In 1998 KR returned to NYC and brought Krink back with him. Before long, its signature style was covering the streets of NYC as well.

    KrinkFast-forward to today and Krink products continue to be handmade in the USA. Shipping daily from the headquarters in Brooklyn NYC to everywhere from California to Moscow to Tokyo, the product line has grown to offer a variety of unique inks and markers. It’s been 16 years and what started as a product created to fit the specific needs of graffiti writers has grown into a product line with new styles, new aesthetics, and new creative tools for a whole new generation.

    KR shares his inspiring views in this 3 minute video.
    On Creativity talks with KR about creativity, risk-taking, and throwing the first punch.

  • Strathmore: American Made Paper since 1892

    The History of Strathmore Paper Company

    The history of Strathmore began on March 17, 1892 when Horace Moses turned the first shovel of dirt for a new paper mill in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

    Called the Mittineague Paper Company, the mill began producing writing papers, bookkeeping papers and cotton-fiber artist papers in December of 1892.

    Take a look at these historical photos from the early 1900’s.

    Strathmore Paper Founder Horace Moses on left with Staff
    Strathmore - American Made Paper At the annual steak roast
    Strathmore History Office employees early 1900s

    Why the Thistle

    Soon after opening his first paper mill, Mr. Moses visited the Valley of Strathmore in Scotland.

    The thistle was in full bloom and the beauty of the site impressed Horace Moses so much that he started using the name and the thistle as a symbol of high quality art and printing papers.

    The Brand

    The Strathmore brand name began to appear on fine art papers in 1899. First with Charcoal and soon after with Bristol. The brand quickly became known as one of the highest quality art papers and is used by many leading artists around the world.

    Strathmore Norman Rockwell Norman Rockwell

    Strathmore continues to provide artists of all levels with the ideal surface for producing beautiful works of art.

    In the 1960’s, the company ran a series of ads featuring college students explaining why they use the paper and pads.

    This ad campaign was so memorable they still receive calls from artists or family members looking for copies of the ad or information about the individuals featured.

    Strathmore Ad 1960 Strathmore AD from 1960

    Team Made in the USA

    Strathmore is proud of their quality initiatives that include a Made in the USA commitment. They strive whenever possible to manufacture products in the US.

    In 2012 they celebrated their 120th anniversary which highlighted a proud heritage and the commitment to ensure the legacy of quality, performance and longevity.

    Today the Strathmore® brand represents a complete line of artist quality papers for all media and every level of expertise.

    Strathmore products are available in stores and online by here.

  • A Legacy of Quality Canvas

    Fredrix was founded in 1868 by E.H. Friedrichs. Although he spent much of his time on trains and coaches drumming up business, he was far more than a salesman. He was a businessman, a chemist, an inventor, and he was the first American to manufacture artist canvas for the trade.

    Fredrix Canvas founder FriedrichsAt the core of Fredrix Artist Canvas are simple principles: customer service, commitment to quality, leadership, recognition, positive attitude, teamwork and integrity.

    "Our commitment to quality means that we continually focus on improvement-and this includes improvement to our products, our manufacturing processes, and ourselves. We are always searching for a better way to do things."

    Hand Primed Oil Canvas Canvas being hand primed.

    Although the art of manufacturing artist canvas has changed since the 1800’s, the product made today is very similar to the canvas we made over 100 years ago. The name was changed (Friedrichs to Fredrix), but the mission has not.

    For over 145 years Fredrix has been providing artist with the most archival canvas surfaces available on the market. Legends such as Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, and Wyland have all painted on our canvas.

    Fredrix is a brand embedded into American history, and our canvases can be found hanging in the White House Oval Office, the Smithsonian and famous museums all over America.

    The quality materials and impeccable craftsmanship that go into the creation of our products ensure that every painting painted on Fredrix canvas will stand the test of time. You never know when your next masterpiece will be, so ensure the longevity of your artwork and always paint on Fredrix.

    ">The History of Fredrix® Oil Primed Linen from Fredrix® Artist Canvas on Vimeo.

  • GOLDEN: Artist Hangout to Employee Owned

    Golden Artist Colors Young Sam Golden, third from left, NYC 1930s

    During the 1930’s Sam Golden partnered with his uncle, Leonard Bocour, at Bocour Artist Colors. Together they produced hand-ground oil colors for artists in their shop on 15th Street in Manhattan.

    It wouldn't be too long before the shop became a hangout for artists such as Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler and Jack Levine.

    During the late 1940’s, Sam worked with a resin, given to him by an artist, to develop the first acrylic paint - “Magna and then the popular “Aquatec”. Through continued conversations with artists, Sam would refine the chemistry of acrylic paint.

    In June of 1980 and at the age of 67, Sam founded Golden Artist Colors, Inc. Sam, his wife Adele, son Mark, daughter-in-law Barbara Golden and partner Chuck Kelly started the company in a 900 square foot renovated barn with a clear mission that embodies Sam’s dedication for “making tools for artists”.

    Sam and Adele Golden Adele & Sam Golden

    With loyal support from professional artists, GOLDEN expanded their operation into a cow barn giving them an additional 6,200 square feet of space. With this growth they added new product lines: Heavy Body and Iridescent Acrylics grew to include Fluid, Matte and Interference Acrylics.

    By the time GOLDEN celebrated its tenth anniversary (and Sam’s “Golden” anniversary in paint making) the company had added another 13,000 square feet that included space for a gallery.

    During the 1990’s the company received many local and national awards and with a surge in growth, sales and employees once again found themselves with the need to expand.

    On March 11th, 1997, at the age of 82, Sam Golden passed away leaving behind a legacy of participation in the creative process of artists and their materials.

    GOLDEN continues in this tradition, maintaining a culture of individual excellence and community involvement. In 2002, GOLDEN became an employee owned company. And despite worldwide distribution, GOLDEN products are American made and still being produced on the grounds of the original barn in New Berlin.

    GOLDEN Principles:

    1. Make the best products
    2. Provide customers with the best service
    3. Find people who can make the first two happen


    BINDERS offers a great selection selection of Golden paints and mediums in store and online.


  • Ampersand: Extraordinary Surfaces

    Charles Ewing inventor of claybord Charles Ewing inventor of claybord

    Ampersand Art Supply is the leading manufacturer of painting panels in the United States.

    Ampersand’s first coated painting panel was invented by Colorado fine artist, Charles Ewing.

    Charles loved the scratchboard drawing technique but found he needed a surface that would readily accept water media and that could be varnished and framed without the need for glass.

    For 10 years Charles made claybord panels, one or two at a time, for his own use. With a vision to reach national and international markets he partnered with Ampersand in 1994.

    Over the years, Ampersand has added many wonderful painting panels with unique surface coatings and profiles suitable for all media from oils to pastels.

    Ampersand is committed first and foremost to supporting artists in their creative process by providing surfaces that are not only a joy to paint and create on, but that will also withstand the test of time.

    Ampersand’s commitment to quality and archival principles led them to engineer the only archival sealed panels on the market today. Artists using the full range of panels from Claybord™ to Gessobord™ to the Artist Panel™ can rest assured that every step has been taken to ensure quality and performance.

    Ampersand Art Supply panel chartNot only are Ampersand Museum Series panels made in the US, they are also eco-friendly and artist-safe. Ampersand takes great pride in manufacturing their products to meet the exacting standards of artists while also placing the safety of artists and the environment at the forefront of their concerns. Ampersand is also very pleased to help further the arts and education by manufacturing the highest quality art materials possible.

    Ampersand Museum SeriesTop 3 reasons to use Ampersand Museum Series panels

    1. Superior Quality Materials and Attention to Detail

    No other panel on the market protects an artist’s work like an Ampersand™ panel. Every coated Ampersand™ Museum Series panel is protected by proprietary Archival-Seal™ barrier technology, the most advanced formula for sealing wood that prevents support induced discoloration and makes Ampersand panels archival. Only Ampersand uses true high density hardboard made from US-grown renewable Aspen wood fibers and constructs their cradle support frames using 13-ply birch plywood.

    2. Responsibility to Artists and the Environment

    Central to Ampersand’s mission is to ensure that their products do not harm the environment or the artists who use them. Ampersand true artist hardboard is made from FSC certified forest products that promote sustainable forests. FSC certification is considered the most effective environmental standard for the protection of wildlife, plants, soil and water. Ampersand’s hardboard supports are formaldehyde-free and do not contain organic compounds that generate harmful gas emissions. In addition, they routinely test the raw materials they use to ensure artists safety and consistency in quality. Ampersand Museum Series panels manufactured in the US from US sourced raw materials.

    3. Knowledge, Experience and Education

    Before painting on any unprimed wood panel, you should seal it first to prevent support induced discoloration. Then, coat it with an oil/alkyd primer or acrylic dispersion ground. If you are mounting paper or textiles, you must have a barrier seal between the fabric or paper and the bare wood panel. We recommend using PVA size; many conservators consider it superior to traditional hide glue for sealing wood. However, if sealing, priming and sanding sounds like too much work, all Ampersand Museum Series prepared panels are pre-sealed, pH neutral and ready to use.

    Ampersand extraordinary surfaces are available in our stores and online.

  • Team Made in the USA

    Team Made in the USA

    Celebrating TEAM Made in the USA

    BINDERS® Art Supplies and Frames has a long history of supporting local artists and creative causes.

    Following in our community centric tradition we’ve decided to show off our team colors during the Olympics and shine a light on the Made in America brands we support in our stores and online.

    Over the next two weeks we will highlight the history of America’s favorite art supplies and frames as well as Performance Makeup brands from our new department.

    Watch your email (sign up for our newsletters here) and Facebook (like us) as we share Great Deals and American Pride while rooting for our favorite winter sports!

    GO TEAM (made in the) USA!

    BINDERS® History: Beer, Binders and Beyond

    BINDERS® was a stationery and gift store when two brothers purchased it in 1955.  Moe & Joe Krinsky, owners of the highly successful beer joint Moe's & Joe's Tavern in the Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta made BINDERS® their first adventure into retail.

    A year after taking over the store, at the suggestion of a salesman, the brothers put in paint. The first artist paint line to go up on the shelf was Permanent Pigments- known today as Liquitex. And thus, BINDERS® as we know it today was born. (read more)

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