At Philip O’Neill Photography we care about artistically preserving your memories in the most beautiful and professional way. We only use the highest quality materials available to help protect your artwork from fading and archival quality mounting boards.
Picture framing and moldings can add a certain elegance to any picture or artwork. With plenty to choose from, including antique finishes to modern metal finishes. We provide a huge range of picture framing ideas and moldings, far too extensive to list them all here, but if you cannot see what you are looking for then please do feel free to pop in and take a look at our extensive picture framing range of ideas.
– sports shirts;
– autographed photos;
– concert/sports tickets;
– children’s shoes/clothes;
– jigsaw puzzles.
For those of you that have never custom framed before, the question often asked is “Why is custom picture framing so expensive?” It is important to understand the value of what exactly custom framing means so that you have a better understanding of the cost factor.
Often many wonder why framing costs more than the artwork itself. It is important to remember that most art prints are printed in high volume, while framing is done one piece at a time to your specifications by a custom framer who is a skilled and trained tradesman. Here are a few benefits that contribute to the value of what you are paying for when you go for custom picture framing.
Philip O’Neill Photography provides the opportunity to make the best selections for every piece of art and every personality. Your artwork is an extension of your personality and can be reflected in the framing. However, the framing and the artwork should be cohesive. The framing should be an extension to what the artist intended to convey with the artwork itself. It is always best to design the framing with the intentions of what is best for the art, not to go with the design of the room that it is going in. Room design changes and art placement changes over the years, your framing should always keep the integrity of the artwork. Custom framing can also help bridge the gap between your artwork and the style of your home. For example, maybe you want to frame an abstract piece in a traditional room. The perfect design can make it work in the room cohesively. When custom framing, all materials and design choices are customized to your artwork. A skilled framer will know how to make your framing unique and best suited for your artwork right down to the mat color and wood finish choices, the best glazing options and the right scale of the material dimensions.
You can go with your local bargain store and get a less expensive and “ready-made” frame but over time you will see why it was so cheap. The frame may start warp and fade. The artwork will not be mounted correctly and may start to buckle. The frame will start to come apart in time at the corners. A reputable custom framer will use quality molding that will stand the test of time, ideally a molding made of wood instead of a plastic or MDF materials. The molding used to fabricate the frame is often handcrafted with custom finishes. Mat boards can be custom wrapped with fabric by hand for your artwork. When having a shadowbox done such as jersey or other memorabilia, the items are often hand sewn, or mounted with special materials that makes these projects very time-consuming.
Preservation is part of the custom framing process and your local custom framer will be able to help select the best options to keep your piece looking new for years. When visiting a custom framer they will consider the type of artwork, where it will be hung and what elements may come into contact with it. They may suggest using items such as UV filtering or Museum glass, archival mat boards, special mounting techniques and even the right backing and hardware that will extend the life of your custom framed treasure for years to come.
We recommend a meeting to view our range of albums and discuss the best package to suit your day. We generally meet at our studio in Swords, Dublin, although we’re happy to make house calls if it’s more convenient.
Phone: (01) 890 2332