Girl who died in 1900s remembered for eternity
ALL that is left is a lock of hair, an artwork and a verse - but it's enough to immortalise a girl who died in the early 1900s.
Trevor Yates was last year approached by a Brisbane client to help preserve the memory of an unidentified girl.
The three items, all that was left of her, were located in a shoebox in the estate of his client's late grandmother.
Piecing them together, he has not only told the story of the young girl, he has been internationally awarded for the end result.
"There wasn't much to go on in terms of who this girl was or what happened to her," he said.
"But I chose to separate the sad and happy elements of her life."
Opening like a book, the framed masterpiece features an artwork depiction of the girl on the front, with the lock of hair and verse framed on the inside.
Mr Yates of Just Frame It in Gladstone has again been recognised for his impeccable design and craftmanship in the Professional Picture Framers Association International Open and Print Framing Competition in Las Vegas.
For the fourth year running he has represented Australia on an international stage - and won.
"We found out the girl was a friend of the woman's grandmothers and the era that she lived in, and the rest was up to me," he said.
"I like preserving items that tell a story and have meaning."
Every task Mr Yates takes on, he devotes his life to.
The latest piece in a series of years of award winning frames consumed months of deliberation for Mr Yates.
"It takes months of work and thousands of dollars," he said.
"All pieces I work on are museum quality. The challenges are greater every year and I've been lucky enough to win on an international stage four times now."
The most difficult part, Mr Yates says, is sending the final masterpiece overseas to be judged via the post.
Handing his creations over never comes easy.
"I track the shipping movements from my computer and this one went off the radar for a few days," he laughed.
"It was a nervous wait until turned up home again."