Why Custom Frame?
Here are some insights from our dedicated team on why your photograph or artwork deserves the right mat, frame and our expert advice.
Our team at Australian Art Framers 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.The artwork should not compete for attention with the mats and frame.
If matched carefully and properly proportioned, mats and frame serve to help draw the eye in towards the framed piece. This particularly applies 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 and colours. At Australian Art Framers our quality will stand the test of time.
The backing board
When deciding to frame an artwork, photographs or prints, the role of a framer or curator who may work in a museum and gallery is to perform their duty in contributing to best preserving the art. This means that nothing should be glued down.
The use of mat accomplishes several tasks. 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 may develop on the inside of the glass should not be allowed to be transferred to the piece of art or photograph. If they are not separated, this will result in water damage, mould or mildew. Photos should be separated from the glass because the surface of photographs is particularly easy to damage. The image may even separate from its original paper and stick to the glass.
At Australian Art Framers, we bevel the window of a mat, but a regular bevel is not always absolutely necessary ( we will then reverse it instead)
If a mat cannot be used, we have the option to insert a spacer under the rebate of the frame.
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.
Additionally, any adhesive and mat used must be “neutral PH”. They are free of acids (which could potentially discolour your paper). The tapes are water based so they can be removed. Masking tape or any tape that has a wet, sticky, adhesive surface should not be used. Over time they will dry out and lose their adhesion and your picture will not hang properly inside the frame.”The measured PH level of a product is not permanent. The PH can gradually change over time depending on the chemical interactions of the materials and environmental conditions it comes in contact with. This is especially important to consider inside a picture frame” (Jared Davis, MCPF, GCF).
Your choice of glass
The option to choose your glass comes with custom framing.The True Vue range offers many choices to our clients. Glass choices does a lot to enhance.
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.
A great frame can be expected to protect the artwork for this length of time. Otherwise you take the risk of mould or mildew starting to create dark yellow pigments (foxing)first on the mat, then the artwork.
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