If you are collecting prints, you need to find a framer you can trust. It took us three framers, before we found one that we were comfortable with. The first framer was a small, boutique framer, where every frame and matte seemed to be imported from Italy. Needless to say, framing costs were prohibitive. The massive cost, typically around $400 for smaller pieces and $600-700 for larger pieces, took some of the fun out of collecting. We framed three or four pieces with this framer, prior to ‘the incident.’
‘The Incident’ occurred several years ago. We framed a larger print (Nick Walker: TMA Moscow A/P – approx. value $1000) and had it for about a year, prior to my being laid off. After being without work for several months, I needed to sell this piece, in order to pay the bills. We took the piece to our new framers, ‘Annie’s Art & Frame’, to remove the print from the frame. As they removed the print, they noticed that it had been cut, in order to fit the frame. This was news to me, as I would never agree to this. I took the print back to the original framer, who told me that I authorized this. After vehemently denying this, she refunded my money, over two installments.
The second framer we tried, was a local chain. The pricing was okay, however, the quality of the frames themselves and the work, was less than satisfactory. We framed a few pieces here, with no major horror stories.
Finally, we found Annie’s. I believe we found them on Yelp and were immediately smitten. The quality of the work was amazing and the staff are extremely friendly. Sometimes you have a $35 print that you want to frame cheaply, while other times, you want to pull out the big guns. Annie’s has it all. We’ve inexpensively modified prefabbed frames and we’ve purchased more expensive mattes and frames, through them. If you are in the Greater Seattle Area, I recommend that you give them a try.
When you are spending money on art, you want to ensure that it is protected and looks good. A framer should be able to provide honest opinions and suggestions, while respecting your budget. Framing isn’t cheap so don’t expect it to be. Shop around, read reviews, and see if you can locate an Instagram, Facebook, or website, where you can view their work. Good luck!
Art isn't purchased at big-box stores. This blog is for collectors like me, who collect on a budget.