[from the Framing Matters website]
I’ve been working collaboratively with Framing Matters in Manuka, Canberra over many years, but just recently have established a more formal relationship with them. With all my traveling and not having an appropriate set-up (yet) for supplying quality framing services myself to my clients, the next best option and in fact the option that will probably win the day is to work with a quality framer.
The attention to detail and professionalism that I find with Cathie and her team are insurmountable. They win national awards. I give a photo to them, and it comes work a completed artwork. The work is not cheap – but actually, all things considered, is great value for money in the end. Put simply, it’s an investment.
I had this image framed and it now hangs in the store:
It looks freakin’ amazing, and I’m not exaggerating. It would cost in the vicinity of $500 to buy, and is worth every cent. That print now has a life expectancy of 50+ years. A few years ago I had framed (very badly) three artworks for a client, and only a few years later bugs had found their way into the mat boards. We realised the glass was not UV resistent so I was also damaging the images themselves while I was at it. I’m very happy to say those images are now correctly framed with quality, non-reflective, archival glass and I can breathe easy knowing that those images will last a helluva lot longer than I will.
With that print, at Framing Matters, they selected the perfect set of materials: the colours, luminosity, archival permanence…I can’t even explain it, you just have to see it, it has just come to life, it breathes. They give true meaning to the word professionalism. When I deal with people like that I know very quickly that what they do is not my skill set and I’m very happy to hand the responsibility over to someone that knows what they’re doing.
I recently had a beautiful print of my own parents framed there, and I got chills when they showed it to me. They make heirlooms. Same again for some prints I had taken in Paris a few years back. They picked the perfect frame, the per-fect frame for that set of prints.
Anyway, I’ll stop going on about it, but if you’re in Manuka, stop by and see them sometime. They’re at 4 Endeavour House, Captain Cook Crescent. Say I said hello.