Why Custom Frame?
Some insights from our dedicated team on why your photograph or artwork deserves the right mat, frame and our expert advices.
According to any framers or curators working in museum and galleries, when deciding to frame an artwork, photographs or prints, it must be performed in a reversible ( meaning nothing should be glued down) and preserving way.
The use of mat accomplishes several tasks. Firstly and especially in the Tropics, artwork should not touch the glazing material (Clarity or Museum glass, regular glass or Perspex). This is primarily important because any condensation that develops on the inside of the glass can be transferred to the piece if they are not separated, resulting in water damage, mould or mildew. Photos should also be separated from the glass because the surface of photographs is particularly easy to damage, and may even separate from its original paper and stick to the glass if it wets. By using the right mat and backing board, it will keep the support from touching the glazing material. If a mat can not be used due to the edges of the work needing to show, we have the option to insert a spacer under the rebate of the frame
Additionally, any adhesive and mat used must be “neutral PH”. This means that they are free of acids (which could potentially discolour your paper) and the tapes are water based so they can be removed. Do not use masking tape or any tape that has a wet, sticky, adhesive surface as over time it will dry out and lose their adhesion and your picture will not hang properly inside the frame.
Most importantly, our team will advise you on choosing the right colour mat so that it acts as a visual rest between the frame and the image. The viewer will then enjoy a clean aspect when viewing the artwork. Mats and frames in our opinion should be neutral and not compete with the artwork for attention. If matched carefully and properly proportioned, mats serve to help draw the eye in towards the framed piece, or towards a particular key element of the piece. They are able to be cut to “stack” inside of a frame, allowing for double, triple or quadruple matting. Australian Art Framers carries a large selection of mats in various finishes, colours and quality that will stand the test of time.
Tradition dictates we bevel the window of a mat but a bevel is not absolutely necessary.
Artwork on a paper that is not matted can still be framed but the artwork will have to be floated on the backing board meaning the paper is then glue to the board and tearing could occur when wanting to make any changes in a few years to come.
One last point: Framing will seal the paper from harmful air pollution, sunlight, insects and bugs.
Expect to have your artwork remove from its frame, be re- matted, glass to be cleaned or changed every 7 to 10 years. This is about the length of time a good frame can be expected to protect the artwork. Otherwise you take the risk of mould or mildew starting to create dark yellow pigments (foxing)first on the mat, then the artwork.