Framing is an important aspect of displaying and looking after works on paper. Clearly, how you get work framed is a question of personal taste, and there are a huge number of variables.
However there are some established principles:
- Never allow the art to touch the glass as this will damage the artwork.
- Do allow the plate mark (that’s the embossed edges where the plate was pushed into the paper going through the press) and edition marks to be visible.
In the above examples I have used a large frame with a slightly darker mount/mat than the paper, which means that the lightest parts of the image aren’t overwhelmed. As the subject of the etchings is the Tasmanian wilderness, it seemed appropriate to source sustainable Tasmanian oak when I made these.
It’s also possible to float mount the print and dispense entirely with a surrounding mat. This is particularly attractive when it shows off the deckled edges of the paper.
I have found a local framer who has a good range of beautiful raw timber mouldings that he cuts to size then sands by hand, and finishes by polishing with carnauba wax.
It’s worth noting that framing with cheaper, non-archival materials can actually damage your artwork due to acids, etc.
If you want more information check out Hand Made Frames, 8 James St, Fremantle (near Fremantle Arts Centre)