For museums we glaze frames with UV filtering glass and mount the works onto cotton board with the help of our paper conservators. We also frame works for retail and events companies using regular glass where aesthetics and budget are key.
We frame all types of prints including woodblocks, linocuts, intaglios, etchings and screenprints. We can add a certificate of authenticity to the back of the frame and offer you the option of UV protected glass. We use acid-free materials as standard.
Hinging works on paper
We love the natural undulations in paper caused by ink or paint but many of our customers like to see their artwork flat. We work with you to achieve the look you want. We use acid-free hinging tapes for day-to-day framing and for higher-value works we engage the services of paper conservators.
A popular way of presenting prints is to “float” the work, either raised from the backing card or lying flat. Floating an artwork within a window mount cut from double thick card exudes quality.
Most black and white photography looks best in plain white or black frames. The key decision then is how to mount it. We would only suggest dry-mounting methods that prolong the life and durability of the work, such as aluminium sheet for gloss-finished works and archival cotton rag for matt-finished works printed on art paper.
A window mount (“passé-partout” or “mat”) is when a window is cut from a piece of card or cotton to reveal the artwork underneath. It is popular for photographs, tiny etchings and watercolours when the paper is flat. We’re happy to cut window mounts for you to use in your own frames, too.
We seem to have become specialists in framing silk scarves. We have framed countless Grayson Perry scarves from the British Museum and Tate Modern and, our favourite, Damien Hirst/Alexander McQueen scarves. It’s a slow and delicate process which combines fine needlework with an artistic eye for detail.
We can stretch canvas that has been rolled or is sagging. We carefully inspect the paint around the edges of the canvas to predict how it will react to being handled and then agree with you on a framing style.