The moulding or frame is generally the biggest expense in any custom framing job. At ARTWORLD work only with manufacturers that match our own high standards. Our selection is very large, but nothing to be intimidated by. We are experts and will help guide you to the right framing to show off your art and fit your style. Read more about our suppliers here.
Matting is the coloured paperboard material that is used to create a transition from the picture to the frame. It also prevents the glass from being in direct contact with the artwork. Different temperatures between the inside and outside of the frame can cause condensation to build up inside the frame, causing the artwork to stick to the glass and potentially growth of mould or bacterial parasites. The space provided by matting allows the moisture to settle safely on the glass. In the absence of matting, acrylic spacers are a fair alternative.
Ordinary matboard is pulp based and contains acids and lignins that over time will damage the artwork they come into contact with. Donna Child Fine Art offers only conservation quality artboards from Artique and Bainbridge – which are free of all acids, lignins and other impurities. Our conservation matboards provide a range of over 300 colours of 100% virgin alpha-cellulose paper surface matboards, that are Alkaline pH buffered, give smooth, pristine bevels and consistent fade and bleed resistant colours.
We also have a selection of classically elegant fabric mats in textures such as suede, silk and linen along with updated metallic in rice paper finishes and very trend-forward distressed looks. We now offer 8-Ply matboards, that are increasing in popularity. Their double thickness gives a bold, contemporary presentation to your photographs and other paper art.