Frames

CONSERVATION FRAMES

Amante Photography is proud to offer custom picture framing for archival prints and art works throughout Australia. Our focus is making high-quality picture frames, including the use of conservation grade materials at affordable prices. We are more than happy to create a custom sized frame to accommodate your needs. If you don’t see a frame size advertised on our website that you would like to request then please contact us.

Our custom frames are NOT made in huge quantities, overseas. Many frames that you find in Kmart or Ikea, are produced using moulding which is typically made of cheap pulp-board, plastic and papers which can damage your art work over time. Amante frames, on the other-hand, use moulding which is made with one, solid piece of pine wood, serviced in Australia and cut locally here on the Central Coast. The moulding is then prepared and painted here at the studio, to produce art work specifically for small, boutique clients.

Our frames are typically minimalistic in nature, to enable us to display the prints and artworks to maximum effect. Each frame is made one at a time by skilled craftspeople. The materials we use are uv protected acrylic, acid-free matboard, and acid-free framer’s tape. It makes sense that you would want to pay the extra cost of a custom frame, that is going to allow your pieces of art to remain in an immaculate condition for years to come. We frame each art work with preservation in mind, minimising the effects from light and chemicals so common in mass produced frames.

FRAMING TYPES

All frames serve the basic purpose of protecting a work of art or a valuable object from dust, moisture and damage. They are also used to display the art so that its features are complemented and enhanced, minimising the distractions of the outside world.

STANDARD FRAME FOR WORKS ON PAPER

A work on paper will need glass or acrylic to protect it from dust and insect damage, as well as to reduce the effect of light and atmosphere. A work on paper should be framed with archival materials such as acid free boards, glues and tapes which do not damage the work over-time, the way most tape or cardboard will, and it should not remain in contact with the glass or acrylic. This means that some kind of space is required. Most works on paper – like drawings or prints – are framed surrounded by a mount (or mat-board) and behind glass or acrylic. At Amante Photography we primarily use acrylic as we have found it to be resilient, light, and offers UV protection. It also has archival benefits as it allows the prints to breathe, so is less prone to moulding and mildew when compared to glass. We always use acrylic specifically made for framing. The acrylic, mat-board, art-work and backing are held together within a timber frame. which is referred to as moulding. Most art galleries use this kind of frame most of the time, because it protects the work very effectively.

The mount or mat-board is like a piece of high-quality, acid free cardboard which protects the work by holding the edges down and keeping the paper from touching the glass. While all our matboards are acid free, if your piece is very valuable you may choose to use a cotton-rag board to protect it under museum conditions. Similarly some acrylic is made to minimise reflection or to minimise the effect of UV light which can damage art-works over time. If you would like museum quality frames then please contact us to ensure that we use materials of the highest quality.

BOX FRAMING

Box framing is where we create a shallow box inside the frame, so that the art-work or object can be displayed with a lot more space between it and the acrylic. Essentially we build walls inside a deep timber frame to hold the glass away from the artwork, which is great when your piece isn’t flat. It may be a very wobbly piece of paper, or a very textured object or a three-dimensional object.

Box Frame

Some people simply like the look of a box frame, because it sets the work off with some drama and is reminiscent of that found in many museum dis-plays. Box framing is also used with many contemporary artworks because it reveals the edges of the paper, allowing the quality of watercolour papers to be visible (preserving your deckled-edge), end emphasising the way the paper has been used by the artist.

FLOAT MOUNTING

Float mounting is a combination of box framing and a standard frame. The mat board opening is cut slightly larger than the work, and another mat board is used behind the work, so that the edges of the paper are visibly framed by a shallow space created by the mat board. It is particularly useful with artwork that is flat, but where the edge of the paper is integral to the look of the whole artwork – such as the use of torn edges or deckle edges. Here at Amante Photography we specialise in deckled edged prints and floating frames.

SHADOW BOX

A shadow box also uses a mat board with a window cut larger than the work, but in this case a spacer is used to create a large space behind the mat board. The mat board is against the glass as it would be with a standard frame. They are useful when a sense of depth is required, as part of the effect for the artwork, (much like a box frame), but when the work would also benefit from the sense of drama or mystery that is given by a larger frame and a window.

DRY MOUNTING

Dry mounting involves sticking a piece of paper or fabric to an adhesive backing. It is used where an object, such as a photograph or poster, has unwanted undulations due to the paper being too thin. Atmospheric changes can also cause paper to buckle. The sticky backing holds the paper flat and in position. Dry mounting is also sometimes used to “flat-ten” light textile based work such as embroidery or batik.

While dry-mounting is archivally sound, it is not recommended for valuable artwork, such as limited edition prints or drawings, because the procedure is irreversible and can diminish the value of the art-work. For this reason we will generally only recommend it for posters or personal photographs which can be easily re-printed.

PREPARING FOR THE APPAS

We can mount your prints using adhesive foam-core to the specifications of the Australian Professional Photographers Awards. Prints from our studio have won several Silver Distinctions in the past. Using archival Canson papers we consistently create prints with a large colour gamat with enables us to create fine details and contrasts. Each image is calibrated so that the colour remains standardised across different papers, according on your preferences.

Please refer to our fine art prints for more information on our conservation prints.