Framing As An Art

Careys Frame Shop - Bea Carey and son Ed
Spanning Generations

You hold in your hands a picture or document that is important to you, something that is valuable, something that needs to be showcased, something that needs to be protected, something that needs to be preserved…something that needs to be framed. Your project will require some important decisions.

Even when you have arrived at your home or office with the framed item in hand, there are still decisions to be made: How far above the furniture? Where in relationship to other framed objects? Where best for the viewer? Room lighting? Direct sunlight? These considerations will influence the outcome of your project and need to be included. Can the department store clerk answer these questions for you?

The environment in which the framed item will be displayed must be a factor. Will it be placed in a temperature-controlled area, or will it be on a patio or other similar area? What are the colors of the surroundings? The walls? The furniture? An experienced framer is usually better equipped to offer help and guidance.

Frames should enhance the objects within, not hide them. The subtle nuance that lies within a picture can be easily overwhelmed by an inappropriate choice of frames, and the vision of the artist who painted it would be lost to most if not all future onlookers. The right choice of a frame will make all the difference, for everyone, for years to come.

The choice of glass will affect the life of a framed object and can contribute significantly to its preservation. Conservation glass shields 97% of harmful ultraviolet rays, which is the chief cause of fading. Museum glass is the ultimate choice because it shields the subject matter from almost all harmful UV light, and it will provide the viewer with a truly “high-definition” experience.

Color is usually the first thing considered when a new home or office space is decorated. We tend to color our homes and offices to reflect our personalities and styles. And, the same thing applies when we are selecting a frame. So, we choose the most appealing and complimentary frame and move on. In our minds, we have connected the item’s surroundings with the frame.

Now we add the picture itself to the equation. It can be a tad overwhelming when viewing the vast array of colors available to us, but the smart thing to do is to pick a few colors that stand out in the picture and work with those. Then, with that selection process simplified, we can compliment the picture with our choice of frames.

But wait! This picture requires a mat. And mats also come in a variety of materials and colors. The mat-board is located along the borders of the picture and under the glass and is used to guard and enhance the artwork. Here too, it becomes a balancing act. Okay, type of material: check! Color: check! Now what? How about the dimensions of the mat surrounding the picture? Although this will have an impact on the cost of the project, due to its affect on frame and mat size, if the final product is going to be visually appealing, it needs to be done correctly. And to whom can you turn for straight answers?

When all is said and done, your most important decision will involve the selection of the frame shop and the framer. Carefully choose someone who can guide you through the process: a consultant as well as a framer. The truly talented framer will help you realize the vision you have for that special item you hold in your hands.

Let us help you preserve a memory,

Ed Carey