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!

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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Saving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconSaving Customers with their picture frames and picture framing inquiries questions, picture-framing-customer-service-teamqueries, sales, complaints and problems is what our Customer Service is all about.  No two  Customer are like, and so are the challenges.  For instance, we have been packing parcels in the same manner and method for years.  And  while one Customer will post us a glowing review for how we do it, yet another will complain that there’s too much packing.  We do however have very good business reputation which, in great part, derives from our experience in the picture framing industry, around 50 years. ... 

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Updating, uplifting and upgrading picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconWhy this post about upgrading picture frames? Because it's happened to you as it's happened to most, if not to all of us, at one time of our lives or another.  You’veframed-oil-painting-before-and-after-re-framing moved out of your old home into a new one.   Or you’ve moved from an older flat into a newer apartment.   Perhaps you relocated from older style business premises to more modern ones. The end result is the same, either you, your wife, or family have decided,  the old frames just won’t do in the new location, these will need updating.  We come across this situation a few times a month, in most cases, it’s a retiree couple moving to a brand-new apartment.  Regardless of the circumstances the ...

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Of window mat designs and proportions

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Most Customers with an interest or passion in home décor, and more particularly, the picture framing ansmall-oil-painting-framed-with-triple-window-mountd display of art on paper, such as photos, prints, posters and the like, will probably already know what is a window mat  (or window mount  or passé-partout as it is known in Europe)  when researching window mat designs . However for those who may not be fine art aficionados, a window mat is paper or cardboard edge one often sees around many of the nicer photos or images. It creates a separate field of colour, definition and light, between the picture frame and the art itself. More prosaically, it keeps the glass off and away from touching the art ...

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Our 10 best solutions to your 10 worst picture frames problems

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Everyday life is replete with problems and issues, small medium and big and so it is with solutions to picture frames problems , or with photo frames, or with clip framescustomer-relived-at-finding-solution-for-picture-frame-problems and just about every other type of frame there is. In this post below we have enumerated solutions to picture frames problems, or a compendium of the top ten annoyances involving and revolving around these useful, but often frustrating, decor essentials. We hope that at least some of the solutions here will be of use to you.

Problem 1: Should I get my print custom framed or do I just put it myself in a ready–made frame? Generally speaking, this will depend ...

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7 Reasons why custom picture frames are better than ready-made picture frames

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Wiki-Knowledge-article-iconFirst, a succinct explanation of what those two frames are.  A  custom picture frame is a relatively expensive, single,picture-framing-customer-having-great-realizations tailor-made frame, or a bespoke frame, or one made-to-order especially for the Customer by a trained craftsman, to his or her requirements and specifications.  A Ready-Made picture frame is much cheaper, one of many thousands, industrially mass-produced with unskilled labour for a common or standard size, regardless of a Customer’s requirements  or specifications.  That said, let’s discover the very real differences between the two and why in some circumstances the former is preferable to the latter.  Custom frames are generally ...

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