Picture framing in Cardiff

Hand finished frames using quality hardwoods

High quality work

Hardwood mouldings

Customised finishes

Conservation framing

Picture framing by Katharine Richards

A totally bespoke picture framing service in Cardiff

Picture framing in Cardiff When you come to me for picture framing you’ll find high quality work, a personalised service – and something a little bit different. I’m the only framer offering fully bespoke picture framing in Cardiff. I use quality hardwoods (no pre-finished mouldings) and all my frame finishes can be fully customised – so you can have the exact finish you want.

As well as standard bespoke framing I also undertake more specialist commissions, such as float mounting, traditional wooden spline and dowel fixing, and designing my own mouldings.

In recent years I’ve been asked to create a frame that looked like rusted metal, one that had the appearance of slate and another that looked like a spaceship portal! I’ve also created box frames for objects.

Whether you’re looking for traditional framing or something out of the ordinary, feel free to pop in to see me so we can discuss your requirements. 

How to find me

I moved from my shipping container premises at the Bone Yard to a new (and much larger) workshop at Market House in Canton, Cardiff in June 2019. See my Map and Directions for how to find me.

About me

I learned (and fell in love with) the art of picture framing back in the early 2000’s, when I trained with Manor House Fine Arts in Pontcanna. After pursuing a career in law I returned to picture framing in June 2014, when I set up in business as Free Range Frames. Following four happy years at the Bone Yard in Canton I moved to my current premises in Market House, Canton in June 2019 and rebranded as Katharine Richards Framing.

Years' Experience

Pictures framed

Clients served

Gallery exhibition frames

Framing options

Specialist techniques to display and protect

Float mounting

Float mounting

Spline fittings

Spline fittings

Conservation framing

Conservation framing

Rusted metal effect frame

I was commissioned to make a frame that looked as if it had been dredged from the bottom of a river – like rusted metal basically. This was the result (plus one very happy client!).

Frame for multiple glass panels

This piece of artwork was made up of a series of pieces of glass, each with a different part of the design printed on to it. I was asked to construct a frame that would hold each of the glass sheets separately, so they weren’t touching but had small gaps between them.

Colour matching

As all my frames are hand finished I can design frames of any colour – including colour matching from elements of the artwork. This frame was colourmatched, and the mountboards were carefully selected to complement both artwork and frame.

“A simply brilliant piece of skilled work. Quality wood used with great skill. Thank you Kath. Finally — a great framing centre for Cardiff.”

Stewart Reid

“Katharine’s creative and sensitive approach to framing is a very positive experience. She is responsive to suggestions and nothing is too much trouble. Her frames are beautifully put together and she has an excellent eye for colour.”

Mary Lace, artist

“Really pleased with the flawless work Kath did for us. She took great care and respect with our prints and we won’t hesitate to return to her lovely studio.”

Hannah Minney

“Katharine is so knowledgeable and had some great suggestions for frames that would compliment my art work. I am so happy with the results, the frames are beautiful and my art work was well cared for. I would highly recommend.”

Aimee Taylor, artist

“Katharine had (a lot of) patience to talk through what we wanted, and really knew how to bring out the best of the art,with a great frame that completely compliments the picture. We will definitely use Free Range Frames again without hesitation!”

Laura Dalgleish, London

“Katharine is a real pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a professional framer who will treat the framing with as much care and attention as was taken over the artwork.”

Jude Law, print maker at The Printhaus

“Kath is extremely talented, making each of her frames from scratch. She is a consummate professional too, as well as being a delightful person. I highly recommend her and her work!”

Jackie Allen

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Workshop address

Market House, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE