Window / Aperture mount
The window mount, classically referred to as a ‘passe-partout’, is comprised of an aperture cut into a top mount with, and an undermount which provides physical and environmental protection. It provides a border around the visible image, and keeps a gap between the artwork and the glazing. Window Aperture MountThe boards are hinged along one edge using either a conservation gummed white paper tape or linen tape. This traditional mount has been brought to new levels of accuracy with the introduction of computer technology to the framing industry. All of our mounts are cut using a computerised matt cutter, giving outstanding quality cuts with precision corners every time.
Float mounting uses special conservation rag tapes to hold the artwork down on a mount board. The process is fully reversible, and types of rag are specially selected depending on the characteristics of the artwork. The window mount conceals the paper around an image; this method presents the whole artwork, for example if you want to display the feathered edges of an original print. The mountboard is carefully colour matched; creating visible borders around the image, the mountboard is then placed on fillets in a box frame to keep the artwork away from the glazing.
A distance float uses a form of support (hidden from view) behind the artwork to raise it from the backboard, and give the appearance that it is floating in space. Typically this will be applied to an image that has been drymounted on a rigid substrate, it can also be applied to an artwork that is being float mounted. The mounted artwork can then be put in a box frame so there is space between the image and glazing, as well as the backboard.
Close mounting refers to when you frame an image right up to the edge of the paper or canvas. Typically the work will have been float mounted or drymounted to provide rigidity, and then it is placed directly onto the fillets of a box frame to keep the image away from the glazing.
Precision mount cuts
We cut all of our mounts with the Swiss made Gunnar F1. Not only does this enable us to create flawless mount cuts for your frame, but the versatile software means intricate designs can be realised very quickly. We can even cut lettering and bespoke designs imported from an illustration file.