Saturday, 17 May 2014


Hi Everyone!  There has been some crazy weather since the last time I wrote.  Snow, rain, tiny  bit of sun and more rain and mud.  When I complain about the weather, I am reminded that there was four feet of snow two days after I was born in May.  At least we only have rain and no snow...yet!
Me in modelling a one piece pale pink knitted romper accessorized by traditional bright pink blankie.

Meanwhile, I guess we just have to wait for the beautiful weather to arrive.


Recently we have had two galleries close their shops and that leaves us with an excess amount of framed pictures.  We are discounting all the framed pieces  by paying the taxes on all of framed artworks. 
The older framed pieces will be discounted furthur by 10%, making a saving of 25% on some framed works.  
This sale begins May 6-31.  
We are also giving a 10% discount off  your framing if you purchase unframed work during the sale.


Wedding season is coming up sooner than you think and I wanted to show you this beautiful guestbook mat matted and framed for Joel and Mike. 
In this example, Joel and Mike loved their engagement photos so much they left them in, maybe because it contains their daughter Ada and "fur" son, Lauchie.

 The first step  to getting a great guestbook mat is to visit me, so we can pick out the frame, colours and size. Joel and Mike have very large families so they needed a large guestbook mat. I can custom design a couples' guestbook mat to any size, large or small.   The first step is to cut the mat openings and add either an engagement or informal photos  for display purposes at the wedding reception. After the mat is signed by the guests, the married couple returns the mat to me, where I replace the informal photos with their wedding photos.  It is then assembled, framed and ready to hang on the wall to remind you of all the friends and family that gave you best wishes for your future.

Another project I am working on is shadowbox framing of childrens' baby items.  These two kiddies have outgrown their little things: a boy's sunhat, handmade sweater, brown bunny and little girls tee, pony socks and white bear.  They are only this tiny once, so why not have something to remember them by.

And my last project is a very special and unique. As I understand it, this are Mig'maw items.  The first two are hand sewn beaded items and the third is handkerchief holder made of birch bark with dyed moose hair accents.

I love getting interesting projects. On this one, I had to be very careful not to knock any beads loose when I sewed it to the back board or tear through the very fragile birch bark.  I think even my high school home economics teacher would be proud of my invisible stitches. She only made us practice it for hours!  Who knew I was going to use it in my work 20 some years later. 


I received a new shipment of corner samples in many different styles and colours.  The picture above is an example of really bright and colourful frames that can be used to add some sun to a picture such children's artwork or a cool poster.  Very reasonably priced.

Recently I have been getting alot of questions about framing glass and which is the best one to use.  In my opinion, glass fits each situation, what the customer wants and how much you are consider spending.

Premium clear glass is a economical solution to most framing projects.  It is a higher quality of glass than window glass.  Clear glass tends to have a 'mirror' quality which may be distracting under some indoor lighting.
Reflection control glass offers an alternative when you don't want your glass to have a reflective mirrored surface.  The effect is created by etching the glass to give  a matte like non glare quality to one side that will reduce reflective light. The slight downside of this glass is that  the image can have a slight visual distoration, especially the furthur the glass is away from the image.
Conservation glass comes in conservation clear,  conservation reflection control, and museum glass.  To make this special glass which filters UV harmful effects is that the glass is baked after the application an UV solution to one side. It claims to block nearly 99% of UV light that can cause fading, brittleness or discoluration. 
Museum Glass is the top of the line and the difference from the other conservation glass is the nearly invisible finish, allowing  framed pieces remain clearer and brighter.
Both conservation and museum are much more expenisive, for obvious reasons, than premium clear or reflection control glass.
Many ask if the conservation glass is worth the extra expense?  Personally, I can only offer you the options  as the customer must decide on the value of the work and how much  to spend.  Conservation glass might be worth the expense if the item is archivial, antique or valuable. The same prinicpal applies to a giclee print or reproduction poster.  Reproduction prints have only have a thin layer of offset or printer ink  that tends to fade over time.  If the reproduction has some value to you, then by all means add a conservation glass to your project.  In most cases, posters cost a only few dollars and then you must consider using glass that could be five times or more expensive than the artwork.  In that case you use clear or reflection control glass and be conscious of where you are hanging it.
The choice is yours on which glass you decide to add to your project.  The best framing practices can only go so far in keeping your works safe from fading, damage and harm.  When chosing a place to hang an artwork, keep it in mind that materials will be effected by  humidity, drastic temperature fluctuations  and  direct sunlight, even with UV filtering glass. 

AND FOR LAST... There seems to be quite a collection of birds around the studio.


I hope we will have a better May than April and here's hoping for some sunny weather. 

Cheers, From the Gang at A MATTER OF TASTES


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About the Business

The business, started in 2000, is located on a beautiful farmland property just outside Antigonish. It is just a short drive to see me and well worth the scenic drive. First and foremost, I offer professional custom framing, with over 10 years in the framing business. I am also intaglio printer, so you can rely on my 20 years of experience and advise on original hand pulled prints. The framing shop has a small art gallery that deals in original hand pulled prints and paintings as well as unique artistic works by myself and my featured artist, V.L. Maclean As an amateur photographer, I have many pictures of florals, landscapes and nature scenes on display and for sale. My favourite subjects are florals, nature and animals- (horses, dogs and kitties). I have a very relaxed setting and welcome everyone to visit and have a look around. It is ‘all a matter of tastes.” For more information: