Introduction to basic anatomy of framing with Trevor Code

March 11, 2021


When: Mar 11th @ 5:30pm (1.5hr)

An introduction to the basic anatomy and vocabulary of framing

After many requests from demo attendees, we are happy to present a two part virtual framing variety show aimed at introducing our creative community to the fundamental considerations of framing! Join experienced Vancouver-based framer Trevor Code for an introduction to the basic anatomy and vocabulary of framing. Discussion topics will include front-loading vs. back-loading frames, when and why to use glass vs. plexi, and an exploration of backing options for your framing projects. Trevor will also acquaint you with the ever important use of matboard in framing. He will delve into why mats are used as well as different matting options such as windowed-mats, double or triple mats, and backmats. Perfect for folks who are entirely new to framing, anyone wanted to refresh their existing knowledge, and definitely individuals wanting to gather information before their first framing experience with Opus!

Trevor says…
There is a spectrum between tacking something to the wall and framing for a museum. Most of us exist somewhere in the middle, and it’s my hope to help introduce considerations that can help determine what or how to frame your artwork, objects, and memories. In general framing doesn’t have to be expensive, and if it is you should know why, and what it is that makes it that way and, over all, if framing something is difficult, something is usually wrong. Done right, it’s done once, and done well!

Note: This demo will cover a lot of information and will act as a wonderful introduction to concepts in framing! If you have specific questions about one of your framing projects or are interested in framing with us at Opus, we recommend calling one of our store locations to book a framing consultation or our Customer Support and Mail Order department for online framing orders.


Trevor will be talking about a wide variety of materials – instructions for how to acquire a full list of the mentioned materials will be shared during the demo.
*We recommend participants come prepared with note taking supplies to jot down information they find useful!


Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.





Artist Bio

Trevor Code gained his extensive framing experience from over 20 years of framing. While working at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and at art and Framing shops in Ontario, Trevor learned about conservation, and presentation. We were delighted to have him join us at Opus 12 years ago. Trevor’s knowledge has grown even further as Opus’ customers have taught him even more! Though he often feels like he has seen just about every kind of framing situation, every day he is surprised by something new! Trevor’s favourite framing projects include unusual objects and items that are special enough to be presented and preserved, but not always framed. He says that the right frame can really make a piece of art incredible, while also protecting items that might otherwise not be presented as art.




March 11, 2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm