Float frames for canvases

Float frames for works on canvas or panel is possibly one of the most timeless profiles in contemporary framing. The thin space created between the edge of the canvas and the rail gives the painting that little extra breathing room, that little extra space needed to take on a life of its own. Float frames come in a wide range of depths so the canvas is recessed (pictured here is about .25 inch) for additional protection and dramatic effect. We carry a fine selection of float frames in our shop and can custom mill a profile for the perfect fit. Pictured below is a painting by local Seattle artist Jamie Brouwer showing in our gallery in 2015.

Notes on Museum Glass

Museum Glass is one of the best framing investments second only to the perfect vintage frame and a job well done. Museum glass filters out 99% of ultraviolet light while providing perfect visibility and clarity of the artwork. The results are stunning. Our example here, Tributaries by Virginia Katz shows how the intricate details are enhanced with museum glass compared to the regular glazing.

Working for scale: creating harmony and balance with mats

One of the more important elements in framing art and photos is the size of the mat. The boarder created between the picture and the frame both harmonizes color and tone and establishes proportion and balance with the art and the space.  Usually frames purchased off the shelf end up being disproportionate one way or another. Too thin one way and too thick the other: a real life example of how asymmetrical geometry effects everyday living.

These three drawings (walnut ink on 17th century paper) are good examples to see how different matting styles creates balance and proportion. The packing-tape dispenser appears to be larger with a thin boarder; the scotch tape dispenser has a lifelike dimensional aspect due to the isolating effect of wide mats; finally the image of the tape becomes highly abstract as the weighted bottom draws attention to the white area of the tape.

Proportion and scale are important elements in the presentation of an artwork, wedding photo or college diploma.

Float Mounts: Our specialty

Float mounting artwork is a great way to present artworks that need a little extra something for display. This includes collage, textiles and fabric based works, odd shapes, anything. Float mounted artwork is one of our favorites because the presentation looks deceptively simple, lending more prominence to the artwork.

Seattle artist and designer Jason Grube's works on paper are perfect candidates for float mount presentation because his art is never boring. Never boring, always demanding, action packed, fun, I could go on. Much of his work exhibited in the last two years has been float mounted simply because the images lose punch if partially covered (which is usually a livable standard). Our gallery of images below will finish explaining the phenomenon. We currently represent Jason in our gallery and have a limited number of original works and prints on hand.

Jason Grube

Edna Crews (1915-1992) Birds Above the Surf

When our gallery exhibited Edna's retrospective earlier this year (Feb.) one collage caught our eye as very subtle and well executed, but the frame was falling apart. The story was Edna found a unique frame at an antique store and created the piece for the frame. It happens all the time. But here the quality of the artwork far outweighed and out-lived the framing.

Here's one of our best examples of museum framing for the year. Cotton rag antique white  matting, archival adhesives throughout, conservation glazing, and a water-gild gold leaf frame that is traditional but not overboard. The collage is floated on a second mat w/ a small spacer to give it an extra touch of depth and to keep the glazing above the artwork.

Our gallery represents Edna Crews estate and currently has Birds Above the Surf and several other watercolors available for purchase. Feel free to inquire about viewing and availability.