So, you've been delightful enough to buy a piece of my artwork. I really appreciate that, thank you. Now, how to display it in the best light?

Most of my prints have hand torn deckle edges, Noah at Electric Works is the maestro who does this. These edges look great float mounted:

"Float mounting adds dramatic shadows and depth to any piece of art, By first mounting the item to a piece of foam board then mounting the board to the mat, float mounting raises your art so that it appears to hover within the frame. It's an elegant, timeless style and the easiest way to make you art look truly custom framed." so says the internet.

You don't have to mount it on foamcore. A professional framer will know just what to do.

For public display, I have been using Ikea Ribba frames. I prefer the white ones, they look sleek and classic. You can attach the print over the top of the mat which comes with the frame. I use white, acid free, Scotch archival tape, rolling it in to a little tube with the sticky side out so it adheres to both the mat and the back of the print. It shouldn't damage the back of the paper if you wish to trade up later.

West Elm and Pottery Barn have good options of higher quality. I find great mid-century Teak frames, and they look sweet.

When you pick your frame, one very important thing is to allow for a decent width of border between the print edge and the frame edge. It allows the artwork to breathe, and makes it look more sophisticated. Framers suggest 2 inches minimum around the artwork (even though there is a border already because of the hand torn edge).

Hopefully this makes sense, Contact me if you have questions. Keep it simple is my best advice!

August 30, 2019 by Michael Gillette