Picture Frames, Picture Framing and Picture Framers' Blog

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About our News Blog

We have been picture framing for a long time, since the late 1970's. Then, Malcom Fraser was our Prime Minister and 200,000 or more Asian migrants and boat people were settling here, helping to make Australia multiracial and multicultural. This was a long time ago. In those days, the picture framing industry was adolescent, fit, strong, healthy and growing all the time. Now, around half a century later, the once youthful industry is sadly decrepit.

It is moribund, impotent and almost infirm but the infirmity is not due to ageing or industrial decrepitude. Rather, it slowly became so because of global, technological, economic and political events and circumstances beyond its ken and control. By and large, the competitiveness engendered by the internet, the dismantling of import duties and tariffs, and our high domestic wages, disproportionate to those of our leaner, meaner and hungrier competitors, have all contributed to the slow strangulation and destruction of our local industry.

Sure, there are still isolated, scattered, tenacious survivors, like ourselves, but your local street, or shopping centre picture framer has pretty much disappeared. This is because, and in the main, our Customers find our locally-made products and services too expensive. Alas, we have outsmarted ourselves. We kept awarding ourselves such high wages for so long that now, most Customers cannot afford our picture frames and our framing factories have all closed down. Vale, Australia Picture Framers!

Nevertheless, and during all these years, experiences were gathered and lessons learnt, about picture frames, picture framing and our industry, such as it once was. Rather than forsake these rich legacies of small business and suburban manufacturing histories to become unremembered and be forgotten, we have retrieved and curated these here, under the mantle of this News Blog of posts, or blogs. Enjoy!

Taking the puzzle out of framing jigsaw puzzles

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconOn the subject of picture  framing jigsaw puzzles, it must be said that there must have been, and still must be, hundreds of people putting together jigsaw-puzzle-nearly-ready-for-picture-framingpuzzles together right now all over Australia. Our various statal, work and home restrictions, lockdowns and quarantines have pretty much driven a lot of people bonkers with boredom.  And since ennui and accidie are the enemies of our naturally wandering,  imaginative and creative minds, it is little wonder that so many of us have sought some relief from this depressing state of mental affairs by tiling, assembling and solving puzzles.  Interestingly, jigsaw puzzles have been around for about 250 years. The commercialization, if not the ...

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Ordering picture frames online responsibly

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconHmmm ... Ordering picture frames online responsibly ?  What’s the responsibility for, or  about, most folks would say.  happy-customer-online-shopping-for-picture-frames You place an online order, you pay, you get your stuff and that’s it.  There are no duties, obligations or responsibilities, right?   Wait, not so fast, we would respond.   While not a face-to-face personal interaction, ordering online is a human activity that does carry some responsibilities.   This is because we approach and interact with others asking them to do something for us, even if it’s electronically and not personally.  And when interact with others under any circumstances, it pays to be nice, doesn’t it?   Have you ever found that ...

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The Seven Deadly Sins of ordering art online

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconAh, ordering  art online, it’s something that most of us have done or will do at one time or another. warning-against-the-seven-deadly-sins-of-buying-art-onlineAnd by art, we certainly don’t mean the crypto art being flogged online nowadays which isn’t just cryptic but basically incomprehensible to most folks. We mean art on paper, mostly being drawings, limited editions, lithographs, serigraphs, watercolours, gouaches or small oil paintings. In times gone by, Customers would visit art shows, attend art galleries or visit artists’ studios to buy art. And just as often, they might visit their local picture framer and see what posters there might be in the print bin.   We fondly remember Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Peter Pan, Superman, Jaws, Mad Max, The Man from ...

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Do’s and Don’ts on collecting your new picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon On the subject of collecting your new picture frames we need to quote Confucius. Indeed it is he who is reputed to have been the sage who first immortalized  picture-framing-customer-overloaded-with-furniturethe famous dictum “ By three methods we may learn wisdom:  the first, by reflection, which is noblest;  the second, by imitation, which is easiest; and the third by experience, which is the bitterest." And this is pretty much how it is when we witness how some Customers are arranging the collection and transport of the picture frames we’ve framed for them. Ergo: a)  We reflect on how they do this, resolving never to do what they do, b)  we never imitate what they do, lest we wreck the frames and c)  we practice doing the opposite of what are doing, which may be harder and ...  

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Picture framing wizardry and the secrets of mounting

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-icon The idea for a blog on  picture framing mounting came from a very pleasantly picture-framing-wizardry surprised Customer some time ago. The gentleman in question had brought in a very rumpled, markedly creased, badly folded, extensively dog-eared and rather aged,  large movie poster for framing.  All the Customer required was for the poster to be put in a frame and look straight and flat.  He didn’t want conservation, didn’t care for preservation or how we did it and, and, oh, yes, he was on a tight budget a couldn’t spend “too much on it”.  So we suggested clear glass and  a frame with  a price ... 

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The starving artist ‘s guide to picture framing

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSo!  You’re a poor and starving artist who really needs to frame his or her starving-artist-who-cannot-afford-custom-picture-framing.jpg work.   It doesn’t matter whether it’s for your first exhibition   or for a customer, or just to sell  it,  you just need you art in a frame.   You’ve been selling sell your work as it is, unframed, with zero presentation effort .  Alas, you’ve since discovered the harsh truth that art won’t frame itself and it’s harder to sell it unframed or without a picture frame. If it’s just on a piece of paper, it’ll look pretty unappealing, no matter whichever masterpiece it’ll purport to  display.   You’ve also been around the traps  long enough to know...

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10 picture frames to make you cry in happiness

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWe venture to say that at least every household has some shadow box picture frames hung on crying-in-happiness-at-a-beautiful-picture-framea wall that will make the beholder sniffle, if not cry, in a happy, emotional response.  Typically the framed item might be a photograph, a note, a document or an object marking or commemorating a birth, a newborn wristband,  cast of baby hands or feet, a christening,  a school report or something and anything just as close or as dear to a family’s heart.  This brings us to one inescapable truth of life, all children will eventually grow up, and become adults.   And adults love their birthdays, just as much as children  ... 

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Spice up your home and your life with your film posters, and our movie poster frames.

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Indeed, February has come around, again. This is the month when the Australian Government Public Service Graduate framed-movie-poster.jpgProgram starts once more, as it has, for decades. It is needed because, truly, the public sector is a huge, employee-hungry, employer.  The Federal Government alone  has 14 official Government Departments in Australia.  In alphabetical order these are,  Attorney-General's Department,  Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Department of Defence, Department of Education Skills and Employment,  Department of Finance,  Department of  Foreign ...

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When black is the new black …

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhen Customers asks us if black picture frames are still fashionable we often answer with this old aphorism “Black is the new black”.  collage-of-black-custom-picture-framesIn fact, picture frames with black mouldings is our single and most popular product.  Which bring us to that old conundrum, the colour black isn’t a really colour!  Contradictory?  Well, check out any rainbow.  You ought to be able to sequentially see, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet but not black.  This is because black is darkness, or the absence of light and  not on the visible colour spectrum.  Technically then, neither black nor white are  ...  

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Is there an anti-yellowing, “safe” picture frame ?

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Just before Christmas, a lady Customer brought a medium-sized, black-and-white print which had beenpicture-framing-customer-shocked-at-artwork-acid-burn wrapped and stored away from sunlight since 1967.  She was excited at having discovered the print which was the last of a set of three her artist father had created, and now wanted it framed in a "safe" picture frame.  Alas, the set of 3 prints was somehow mislaid and became separated over the years, and only the first 2 prints had been framed. The third and last print was the one brought in to us for farming and the Customer wanted us match the framing of the other two.  As  she ...   

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