Many framers and interior decorators consider matting to be the most important part of framing both from an aesthetic and a protective point of view. So whether you decide to mat your artwork or photographs when you frame them is more than just a question of what will look the nicest. What most people may not know is that in addition to its decorative function, a mat is also an important ingredient in preserving and protecting your piece.
If you are having trouble deciding whether you should mat your artwork, it may be best to consult a professional framer. Kat Taylor of Kat’s Gallery in Jackson’s Point offers this advice, “Sometimes the item to be framed is the deciding factor. If you have a canvas you should not mat it because the canvas has to breathe and cannot be glassed.” Generally speaking, for items that can’t be glassed, a mat is not a good idea. Without glass, matting will be destroyed over time by dust, bugs and humidity and mats may also become discoloured if the framed piece is in direct sunlight for any length of time.
For items that can be glassed, a mat provides a protective layer between the artwork and the glass so the two never come into contact. This is important because that protective layer acts as an air cushion so moisture cannot touch the artwork. It also eliminates the possibility of any paint or pigment rubbing against the glass and sticking to it, effectively destroying your art or photograph.
Professional framing from Kat’s Gallery in Jackson’s Point can preserve your artwork so you can display it with pride for years to come. Visit Kat’s gallery in person in Jackson’s Point, or online at www.katsgallery.com.