I’ve spent the better part of two days cutting moulding and gluing joints to make frames for 26 new works---all due by Thanksgiving!
This is where the glamour ends and the grueling, knuckle-grinding work begins. So this situation begs the question that artists must ask themselves…. How will I handle the framing of my work?
The avenues are many, but when you break it all out there’s a big fat fork in the road that requires a decision. Will I frame my own work? Or, will I pay a professional framer? One decision requires an investment in equipment and supplies, while the other requires more cash outlay to a professional. Self-framers can execute their vision and meet their quality standards without the middleman. However, sending out your framing gives you more time to produce.
I like being in charge of my framing, but I don’t enjoy the process. Framing is hard work and I don’t slight the professional for his time and profit.
The reality of your circumstances will be the true barometer of your decision. If you’re working out of an apartment with two bedrooms, a frame shop isn’t a reality, so start looking for a pro. In my case, I live two hours from a major city and the remoteness dictates that I am better off building my own frames. UPS delivers everything to my frame shop, and I figure the framing time into my final deadlines.
I have a separate space that is dedicated to framing, and I have a system for framing that has been developed over many years. This process has been a consistent plus for our business.
I think next week I will frame one painting as a demonstration, from beginning to end. This way you can see the underbelly of the framing beast and make an informed decision.
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