Framing has two purposes – to protect your precious work and to exhibit to its greatest effect.
We strongly recommend you invest in a good framer to ensure you achieve both successfully. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of recommended framers below.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Always let your artwork lead when it comes to choosing a frame. You’ll be confronted with numerous options —colours, materials and finishes. The frame should enhance and complement your print, not over-power it.
Be sure the mat board you choose is of high quality, acid-free material to ensure it protects your work for the long term. Again, the purpose of the mat board is to place focus on the artwork so an understated colour – white or antique white is an elegant and contemporary choice – or black for a dramatic look. The matboard sits above the artwork, surrounding the imagery and the artists signature, title and edition number.
If the artwork has a beautiful 'deckled' (textured edge), you may choose to “float mount" the artwork. This is where the print is suspended above an uncut mat board within the frame, so the edges are exposed. A deep, boxed frame looks great with float mounted work.
Depending on the size of the work, location of hanging and your budget, the glass you choose can be regular plate glass, museum-grade non-reflective glass or perspex. The most common and affordable option is regular glass which is fine if hung in a space away from direct sunlight, as it is reflective and doesn’t block UV rays. The non-reflective glass blocks 99% of UV rays and gives an extremely clear view of the work without reflection. This is a more expensive option, but the results are stunning. If the work is very large, your framer may suggest you use perspex—it has the appearance of glass without the weight. if you are moving house regularly, perspex is a good option as it's far less likely to shatter and damage the artwork.
The frame (or molding) should also be sympathetic to the artwork. Due to the delicate nature of a work on paper, a simple gallery frame offers a clean, sophisticated and timeless look. Depending on the colours and tones in the imagery, you can't go wrong with a classic slimline white, timber, charcoal or black frame. The thicker the frame the bolder the look.
Impact Framing, St Peters, (02) 9699 9367
Amarisco Picture Framing & Mounting, Artarmon, (02) 9439 3133
FX Art & Framing, Alexandria, (02) 9319 5996
Arten, Abbotsford, 03 9421 4825
Neo Frames, Collingwood, (03) 9495 6774
Chapman and Bailey, Abbotsford, 03 9417 7957
Elite Framing, Keswick, 08 8293 5366
Elite Framing, Mile End, 08 8234 7387
Wagner Framemakers, (03) 6234 8599
Gallery 360, West Leederville, (08) 9381 6577