In choosing a way to display an artwork or object we always consider that the framing can perform two functions: to protect (from environmental antigens like dust and UV damage), and to aesthetically enhance the piece.
Our handling and conservation mounting practices are chosen to be the least invasive, applied to suit each particular material – be it paper or fabric, structured or loose, experimental or traditional – and to preserve the work in the condition that we find it.
Mounting therefore usually informs the way the frame will function and so influences the type of frame we choose. This is where our design process begins.
Our Directory is structured to broadly reflect the process in sequence that we go through when choosing a way to display any artwork:
Conservation Mounting > Frame Type > Glazing Options
Our services and pricing are structured into three areas:
Made to Measure
These are frames individually cut, joined, and hand-finished from a range of profile designs that we run in larger quanitities and that make up the basis for most of our work. Always with conservation handling as a fundamental starting point.
These are pieces where we source or mill material to order, employ different joinery techniques, custom shaping and finishing that are unique to each frame.
These are projects informed by our knowledge of conservation framing and fabrication but are designed without preconception and entirely specific to the work at hand.
Image: Paolo Troilo, 'The Elephant', custom 10 x 10 cm section box frame in black lacquer with acrylic glazing, 3 x 2 m