Framing

 

Bespoke Framing

Experience  Our framers are in their 3rd decade of providing bespoke framing services.

Workmanship  The quality of the workmanship, especially on my more complex works, is superb.
…the sheer quality and attention to detail in every finished picture is evident.

Standards  As a strict minimum, all our framing is compliant with the Fine Art Trade Guild’s ‘Commended’ level from their 5 Levels of Framing...and adhere to a professional code of ethics, observing the highest standards of integrity in all transactions. Framed to Commended Level as a minimum. It can be tempting to choose the least expensive option when framing but sometimes low-cost framing can actually damage your artwork and valuable art should be protected for future generations.

For who?  They have framed for everyone from Paul McCartney to The Queen Mother to our own mums and dads! Plus international artists, galleries, interior designers…….

 

 

Print art

Frame  Hand assembled bespoke deep and wide style edge wooden framing. Smooth white matt finish. Print is 5mm float mounted with approximately 1.5" space between edge of artwork to inner frame. 

 

Glass  Tru Vue UltraVue UV92 anti-reflective and 92% UV protective glass. Reflection free, enhancing the brightness, contrast and colour of the artwork. Scratch resistant with enhanced cleanability. 98.5% light transmission. " Tru Vue sets the standard in high-performance glazing that enhances and protects..."

 

Canvas art

Frame  Hand assembled bespoke deep open box style, with 1" wide edge wooden framing. Smooth white matt finish. Canvas is mounted with approximately 1" space between edge of artwork to inner frame.

 

 

 

Caring For Your Frames

Avoid heat

Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper and wood to dry out and adhesives to fail.

Beware damp

Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth – likely to show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.

Hang securely

Use two hooks on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, in children’s bedrooms, for example, ask about security fittings and glazing.

A gentle clean

Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Don’t use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame.

Regular checks

If you find any evidence of discolouration, unsightly brown dots, small insects under the glass or that the brown paper tape sealing the back of the frame has come unstuck, return the frame to the framer. Check for corroding picture wire or weak or loosening cord. The varnish on oil paintings will gradually discolour, especially if the picture hangs in smoky or polluted conditions. It should be replaced as it dirties. Oil paintings stretched over wooden bars may sag over time and the bars can make a slight imprint on the front of the canvas. Take the picture back to your framer for tightening or re-stretching. The Fine Art Trade Guild recommends inspection every five years.

Out of the light

Try not to hang pictures directly opposite large windows as sunlight fades colours and discolours paper. Special UV-coated glass can help to slow this down. The Fine Art Trade Guild has set industry-wide standards for printing and framing materials. Ask your framer about the ways in which you can preserve your artwork for the long-term.

Handle with care

When carrying and transporting a picture, grasp the frame firmly on both sides. If you have to store pictures, make sure they are stacked vertically and the right way up. When stacking pictures, stand them ‘glass to glass’ so that the hangers do not damage the frames.

Information courtesy of the Fine Art Trade Guild