What is a mat?
A mat surrounds an artwork. It comes in many different colours and can be made of different materials. The most common is matboard that is cut to size to fit your piece. From there, an opening or several openings are cut into the matboard to display your item(s).
What do mats do?
Mats have many roles when it comes to custom framing. They’re technical job is to provide support and allow air to circulate between the art and the glass. Mats as well, account for the expansion of some artwork as the humidity in the environment changes by giving that little bit of extra space needed for this natural occurrence.
Visually, mats contribute to the overall presentation of a piece and add focus to an artwork. The can also add an element of fun to your piece, which is what we’re going to look at now!
Using speciality tools your custom framer can add all sorts of details into the matboard. Whether it is a small image, custom opening or funky design, the mat adds an extra bit of personalization.
Clients often want to pull some colour from their artwork without adding too much colour. Mats help find that balance. By bringing in a double mat to the design or using the mat to line the inside lip of the frame, just the right amount of colour can be added to the piece.
We love to help to tell our client’s story through custom framing. Using mats as a way to expand and enhance the story, the mat can become part of the actual art.
Try using the mat to house signatures or perhaps incorporate an unexpected mat into the piece, like an article, pizza box or whatever else helps with the bigger picture.