>>> The finishing also plays a big part in how one perceives the end
>>> result. Is too much? too little? the right color values?
>> Yessssss! I've seen so many pieces where the stitchery was overwhelmed
>> by the framing. I know MLI is partial to the wide gold Baroque frames,
>> but that simply draws your eye away from the beauty of the angel.
> Wow. I so disagree with this. An MLI or Mirabilia or the like is so
> large and complex that it needs a substantial frame to set it off. The
> mistake is often in the matting. Mats should pick up and emphasize some
> important color in the design and so often people neglect to do that.
> I agree that smaller pieces should be simply framed, but the larger ones
> are poorly served by simple frames IMO.
I think what sometimes happens is the framing can become the focus, rather
than the art. Even taken as a whole. You want the framing (matting) to
draw you into the piece - get your attention in a pleasing way, and then
draw your focus to the feature. I've seen a couple of things happen that
can work against this:
1- the framer themselves - or the stitcher - or both - are really enamoured
with some "cute" idea - like a laser dye-cutter - and go overboard
customizing a mat. So, while the finishing is cute - it can totally take
the focus from the piece
2 - if 1 or 2 mats is good, then 4 are better - again - does this overwhelm
the piece - too much color (even if it's the "right" colors)?
3 - the frame is toooo small for the piece - honestly - from my working in a
framers - this is likely to happen more than the other way. Narrower
molding = cheaper - and people will start to scrimp suddenly - saving $20,
but the framing will not balance the piece properly. Personally - I'd
rather suggest an appropriate molding, and leave off the "fancy" extras -
like a mat
4 - the frame is tooooo big - not so often. But, one of the things in
framing/gallery style now is a large molding with a small piece. And it can
look stunning. We just did a piece for the shop (and a stitcher) - kind of
primitive "queen of hearts" - lovely - not large - but framed it in a really
nice, carved (not gold) with hints of reds in the finish - molding - and
it's stunning. No mat. The frame picks up the type of stitching (carving
design working well) and the size actually pulls you into the piece. OTOH,
I've seen some where there is way too much matting with decorations.
5 - frame style is just at odds with the piece. This is hard - there are a
lot of moldings out there that suit needlework well, from the simple, to
finding something where the motif in the molding will echo, be in style with
some part of the stitching. And sometimes the details will really pop a
piece - such as inserting a fillet (the inner fine lining of wood, usually
some gilt), or indeed doing a double mat, spacing.
It's all so much a matter of taste. And patience in picking, and having a
good framing advisor/professional or resource - even for do it yourself
folks. Sometimes something that seems wrong when you look at it is fine -
I've done a series for someone that framed the Mirabilia queens/mermaids in
huge, big double curved kind of art deco silver gilt on wood moldings. Not
carved - very clean - but moldings that have a big upper level, and lower.
At first you think - YUCK - but it was a stunning look - not my taste - but
I could see how it worked.
My least favorite framing - one of the framers we use regularly - does a
good job - but he can go overboard with the extras and the stitcher has to
be firm. One piece - a small (3" x 4" at most) IIRC Just Nan butterfly.
Framed with double mat, the upper with in each corner some kind of
decorative colored butterfly applied (maybe a 5" mat all around), and to top
this a very intricately carved white and gilt double height molding. YUCK.
All you see is the framing, nad it's kind of hideous, IMOSHO.
Anyhow, the point is framing/finishing to me shouldn't detract. But, you
are presenting an entire picture - not just the stitching or the frame, and
that bears some thought - as to how your eye will travel and be drawn in,
that the finishing complements the art - be it stitching or a painting.
Personally, I'm a fan of some large mats depending, and a little asymmetry
(mostly with photos - not stitching).