Framing Artwork

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How have you been? We spent this past weekend putting together the gallery wall with various things we got back from the framers. All I’m going to say is that it took the entire Saturday, and was a lot more work then we anticipated. We are however very happy with the results and as soon as the last piece of work comes back from the framers, I’ll write a blog post about the whole process.

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a sneak peak of what we’ve done so far and share some tips that I learned from the process of selecting a frame.

I have learned, that the key to getting the right frame for a piece of art is in fact communication. When I pulled out the first piece to be framed which was the Japanese triptych, the framer was keen to show me many frames that didn’t fit with my vision for the piece. It wasn’t until I explained my intentional use for the art (it was going in a gallery wall with other art), my interior style (contemporary against a white wall) and room layout (it’s an open plan space) that a more appropriate selection of frames came out. So here are some tips on how to work with your framer to get the right frame for your art:

  • Ensure you communicate clearly your intentions for the piece eg. it’s going to be a part of other pieces on a gallery wall or it’s going to be a stand alone piece in the living room.
  • Talk about your interior style and provide a description of what the space looks like (this will give the framers a sense of the style of frame you are looking for).
  • If you are hanging the art in an area that has a lot of moisture ie a bathroom, make sure it’s sealed appropriately for the environment.
  • Consider the size and weight of the picture. If the picture is oversized, it might be better to use acrylic rather than glass glazing which can be heavy.
  • Similarly, think about the wall that the picture will hang on, if it’s a solid wall then these factors are less of an issue as opposed to plasterboard.
  • When choosing a mount, take a colour hue from the art to help bring out the best of the piece, also consider the height of where you will be displaying the work. If it’s above eye level the width of the mount at the bottom should be larger than the top.
  • When choosing the frame itself, think about how you want to represent the work, is it a soft piece? then go for a more delicate frame.
  • Make sure that the framer is aware of which way the piece should hang. It might be obvious to you, however it might not be to the framer. If you are framing an object that has multiple parts, provide a photo of how it should look to give the framer a reminder of what it should look like when they go to frame it.
  • Be open to the framer’s advice. They do this day in day out and know what they are talking about!

I hope this has helped you in thinking about the type of frame you choose for your next work of art. If you’ve had any experience of framing art or photographs I’d love to hear about it. Do you have anything you’d like to add? I’d love to know.

Have a lovely week. xD

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