ARTprojectA’s 10+ TIPS ABOUT FRAMING: TIP#3

GAIL RIEKE “Parachutes of Chance #1,” 2003, Pigment ink print, 21.5″x17″ (image 15″x12″) – Ed. 30, $400

We’ve had so many questions about framing that we recently turned to Barbi Reed,  ARTprojectA co-founder, owner of ANNE REED GALLERY and experienced ART collector for her advice and expertise.  She explains that the purpose of a frame is to protect ART as well as provide a means for ART to be installed on a wall. A well made frame will be a necessary barrier between the ART and the outside world, protecting the piece from dust, water and other destructive elements as well as preventing other physical damage. Today is TIP #3 in our new series about framing.

TIP #3 – “Proportion of mat is very important.  Many framers and professionals in the art field prefer to “bottom weight” the mat. This means making the bottom width of the mat slightly bigger than the other three sides (which in most cases should be the same size). The reason for this is purely for visual purposes, as the larger dimension on the bottom seems to ‘anchor’ the work.”

A collection of botanical prints on Japanese rice paper by OWEN MORTENSEN.

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