June 27, 2018

A client recently brought me a frame to refurbish. The piece was an antique print and, although the frame itself was a bit chipped in places and not of the same vintage, it had some sentimental value for her family so they wanted to keep it. The print inside had come l...

June 22, 2018

The role played by the mat in a picture frame, and its importance, may not be immediately apparent. In fact, clients who have not had a piece custom framed before often do not know what a mat is, so before I go any further I should take a moment to define the term.

The...

March 14, 2018

The range of archival papers from manufacturers like Hahnemühle, Canson, Moab, Ilford, Epson and Awagami seems to expand on an almost weekly basis. Most professional printers and creatives will have their preferred stocks but many newcomers to the world of giclée print...

February 1, 2018

I have written before about conservation framing, the materials used and the standards to be upheld. Now I’d like to talk a little more about some of the products and techniques I use to create my own unique custom finishes.

Although I can offer the same off-the-shelf m...

January 19, 2018

If a piece of art is worth framing, it is worth framing well. Good framing is not just about aesthetics - a quality frame should protect the work inside for a lifetime and beyond. This is known as conservation framing, a phrase you might be familiar with. In this post...

December 2, 2017

If you're looking for a Christmas gift idea for the artisan in your life, or if you simply have an appreciation for craftsmanship and would like to learn some new skills, I highly recommend a recent release from Hardie Grant called Made To Last.

The author, Vanessa Murr...

December 2, 2017

I was recently asked to reframe an original piece of art which had spent the last couple of years inside a cheap, store-bought frame. When I removed the mat, this is what I found underneath:

At first I thought the difference in colour between the matted area and the res...

November 18, 2017

Hillscene is a great local arts and culture magazine dedicated to showcasing the people, places and events which contribute to the rich cultural life we have in the Dandenong Ranges. I was interviewed for the Spring 2016 edition, before I opened my store in Tecoma and...

September 22, 2017

Art reproduction is studio-based, and often highly technical, photographic process. As a result, it comes at a price which can be a barrier to emerging or amateur artists producing prints of their own work. However, it is possible to achieve acceptable reproductions fo...

March 6, 2017

"...in the presentation of a picture fulfils some or all of the following functions: the protection of the painting; its display and physical attachment to the wall; the enhancement of subject and colour scheme while remaining subordinate to the picture; the definition...

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