Have you chosen a piece of art or valuable that you want to get framed? Here’s how to work with a framer to maximize their expertise and get the result you want.
Discuss the following questions/points with your framer:
1. Do you have any special event or party coming up?
If you do and you want your art up for the event, you can set a specific timeline with your framer. And—if you don’t have a special event coming up—why not create one to commemorate your newly framed art? Keep in mind a typical framing project takes about two weeks to complete.
2. What’s your personal style?
It always helps framers get a sense of your style by what you say and suggest at the frame shop, but you can help facilitate this process by bringing a few things:
- Swatches that show the interior design of the room (paint chips, fabric swatches, photos, etc.).
- Tear sheets (from magazines, newspapers or websites) of what you like.
- Of course, you’ll want to bring the piece that you want framed. If too fragile or large to bring during the bidding process, bring a photograph of it.
If possible, bring photos of where you plan to hang the piece. This will help the framer advise you on scale. Also, what’s the flow of the room? Will this piece be front and center or is it playing a more subdued role in the room? These details will make the piece be a perfect fit once complete.
4. How do you want to hang it?
There are different styles of hanging which affect the look. But it’s also important that the framed item be hung properly so that it doesn’t fall and get damaged. Sarah McGrill, gallery director/ director of commercial sales and art consultant at Frame Ups said, “If it is over two feet we recommend a professional installation.”
Thanks to the following people and organizations for their support and input for this article:
- Brenda Adams, associate director, Vern Carver & Beard Art Galleries | www.verncarverbeard.com
- Tim Hoekstra, framer and installer, Hang It | www.hangitinc.com
- Sarah McGrill, senior art consultant, Art Holdings | www.artholdings.com
- Melissa Williamson-Herren, owner and gallery director and Kenneth Herren, certified picture framer, Your Art’s Desire | (952) 988-9772