The frame serves both a practical and an aesthetic purpose. It protects,
supports and displays the artwork while helping to integrate it into its
surrounding environment. There are literally thousands of frame styles
and mat combinations available.
The primary purpose of a mat is to create breathing space between the
artwork and the glass. The art must not come in contact with the glazing
Aesthetically the decorative potential of the mat is limitless, the
many colors and textures along with all of the specialty mat cuts, filleting
and a wide variety of fabrics for hand-wrapped mats.
Regular or paper matboard will, over time, turn yellow and stain artwork
with the acids present in the board.
We recommend that only 100% rag board or 100% Acid-Free matboard be
used in the preservation of your artwork. Rag board is archival museum
grade, the highest quality matboard available.
Fillets are thin, decorative pieces of moulding designed to be added
to frames, mats and to be combined with other fillets.
We offer fillets in a wide variety of finishes and styles. Sometimes
fillets are matched to a particular moulding but most often are offered
to complement the wide variety of moulding styles and finishes.
When used in the frame itself, fillets allow you to personalize your
framing by adding a touch of gold or a trace of mahogany. Fillets can
also enhance the presentation by creating a boundary between the mat and
Fillets are wonderful for larger mats as they allow the designer to
reprise the frame color, style or pattern next to the artwork. In combination
the use of fillets adds color highlights and drama to a framed piece.
The finishing touch!
Glazing is an important part of a framing job. It protects artwork from
dust, moisture and other airborne contaminants. While glazing serves as
a protective barrier, it should never be in direct contact with the artwork.
Any condensation on the inside will be transferred to the artwork and
cause damage due to mold and mildew. In addition, over time photographs
in direct contact with glazing will adhere making it impossible for them
to be removed.
There are two categories of glazing materials available, glass and plexiglass,
and in each category a few additional options.
Glass is common but... plexiglass has it's advantages. Plexiglass is
both lightweight and shatter-resistant so if your art will be hanging
in a kid's room or a high-traffic area this is a good choice. Plexiglass
is also generally advisable in the Bay Area due to the possibility of
earthquakes. It is also best for shipping.
Two things to consider in your glazing decisions are the level of protection
and aesthetics. Some locations will be prone to surface glare and a non-glare
glazing material should be used. If your artwork will be hanging near
a light source, incandescent, florescent, or natural window light, we
recommend using a UV cut glazing material.
UV cut materials will also prevent fading, discoloration, and other
deterioration of the artwork. You may also want to consider one of our
non-glare reflection-control glazings as they can be very effective in
the reduction of surface glare.