We have been framing for years, too many to count. We are very proud that all of framing is done in Houston Texas, we do not import/resell wall décor, and we make every frame. In a time were imports are at an all time high, we are still able to say 70% of our mouldings are made in the USA. Our mat board is made in Chicago. Our glass is also made in Texas.
We use all of the standard techniques and several which we have perfected over time.
Framed to Image
This is most simplistic style to frame, the frame surrounds the image.
The standard in framing paper images, a double mat being the most preferred. The top (outer) mat adding size and interest to the image. The inner mat (next to the art) is usually a color to highlight the colors of the image. The inner mat creates a mini frame of color to the image.
By matting an image you add size and color to the image. The mat also centers the image into the frame. By adding the filet (small wood moulding) between the lip of the mat and the image we have created an additional frame and depth to the image.
This a unique treatment for framing prints. The image is placed under a lot of heat and mounted permanently on to a hard board. After it has dried it is coated with an acrylic gel medium. While the gel is drying our skilled framers add brushstrokes to the image. When it is has dried the image is now sealed to the hardboard, appears to be hand painted and best of all needs no glass. So the images are now textured and glare free.
The word "giclée" was created by Jack Duganne, a print maker. He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the IRIS printer. He was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of "ink-jet" or "computer generated". To make the word descriptive of ink-jet technologies he based it on the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". Our canvas reproductions are printed on state of art printers using the highest quality UV inks. The printed canvas is stretched over kiln dried stretcher bars and then framed.
There are many ways to do this technique. We are positive this is the best way to achieve outstand results. The image has a laminating film applied to the image with a lot of heat and pressure. When cooled the image is soaked in water and all of the paper is removed from the image. Then the film is reapplied on to an artist grade canvas (transferred) using more film and heat. This process yields outstanding original color, and the image is permanently onto canvas. The canvas is stretched over stretcher bars and framed.
Gallery Wrap: This style of framing starts with our canvas transfer process. After the image has been transferred to the canvas it is stretched over kiln dried artist quality stretcher bars. This is hand done by skilled framers so that the canvas wraps around the sides and is secured to the back of the wooden frame firmly. The hardware used to secure the canvas is not visible, thus creating a clean finished look. The sides of the canvas are hand painted with a solid color to compliment the image. Preparing the canvas in such a manner allows for a clean, simplistic, & frameless presentation of the finished product.