REVIEW - CURATOR CLIP PICTURE FRAME

BACK STORY

During the later part of last year, whilst on holiday, I was walking around ‘The Rocks’ in Sydney. The Rocks has a market on the weekends with all different types of hand crafts on sale. It’s a really nice way to spend part of your day, walking along the streets and seeing the weird and wonderful things on offer. It’s definitely worth a look if you ever find yourself in Sydney. 

The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

The Rocks, Sydney, Australia

One particular stall caught my eye though. This stall was run by Huw Jones, an inventor and creator of a pretty cool product that I’m about to tell you all about. I spent some time talking with Huw about his creation, called “Curator Clip”. It’s a very simple product that enables you to frame and hang your photographs, but without the expense of a picture frame and without having to mark or damage your wall in order to hang your art. This is the kind of product that I thought might appeal to some of the people who buy my fine art prints so I left some contact details with Huw. Once I returned from my holiday Huw got back in touch and kindly offered me a frame to have a closer look at and review on my blog.

WHAT IS CURATOR CLIP?

Curator clip in it's essence, is a lightweight interchangeable picture frame. It has a clever design of a simple plexiglass front that curves at the top and bottom ends. On each side of the frame is a small wooden side rail with a sticky backing. The basic premise being that the curved ends of the plexiglass clip over each end of the rails which holds it firmly in place. The sticky backs on the rails can then be exposed and you simply place the frame onto the wall. These sticky pads on the back of the rails are made from a special adhesive called Remo One. This adhesive is strong enough to hold your frame but they leave no residue on your wall when you come to take down, or relocate your frame.

The beauty of this frame is that if you want to change your photograph, you can unclip the plexiglass and swap out the photograph. The side rails remain attached to the wall so you can just clip the plexiglass back over them, resulting in your frame sitting exactly as it did previously.

WHO IS IT FOR?

It’s aimed at anyone who wants to frame and mount their photographs or artwork in a simple and clean manner but doesn't want to pay a lot of money in the process. It’s a great solution for people who are renting an apartment or house, who are unable to put up picture hooks.

USING THE FRAME

What you get in the packaging, your Curator Clip and a handy instruction guide.

What you get in the packaging, your Curator Clip and a handy instruction guide.

I received the A3 version of the Curator Clip. In the packaging you receive the frame, the rails with The backing adhesive and a simple instruction page to follow. I chose to place this frame in my office, on the wall opposite my window. The light, around this time of the year, hits that wall later in the day so I wanted to test it for glare on the plexiglass. 

Following the instructions, it was so simple to install. At first I placed it without a print inside. This was purely because I wanted to test how simple it was to remove the plexiglass and install a new print. The frame felt solid on the wall. It’s incredibly lightweight and combined with the Remo one adhesive it’s not going to fall down.

The Side Rails in position on the wall after removing the plexiglass front.

The Side Rails in position on the wall after removing the plexiglass front.

I left the frame attached to the wall with no print inside for around 5 minutes before I removed the plexiglass. This is the recommended time on the instruction sheet that the frame should be left before being disturbed. Removing the plexiglass is very easy. You take hold of one of the curved ends and lift it away from the rails, using a hinge like motion to prise it away. The rails held firm on the wall with no issues. I placed a print into the plexiglass and pressed the frame back over the rails. It snaps back in place with ease.

APPEARANCE

"Fallen Skies" displayed in Curator Clip

"Fallen Skies" displayed in Curator Clip

The frame looks really nice on the wall. It's simple form factor combined with the elegant design makes it very pleasing to look at. One small observation that I found was that there was a little bit of glare on the plexiglass in the position that I placed it, although no more glare than you would with a normal picture frame. I anticipated this though with the choice of display position.

I tried it both with a lighter print and a darker print and both were displayed with good clarity and no alteration in colour. Sometimes plexiglass can cause a slight colour cast but this glass was fine. With this version of the frame, I have the light coloured rails. You can also choose to get them in a darker colour. 

"Allans Beach" displayed in Curator Clip

"Allans Beach" displayed in Curator Clip

CHANGING THE LOCATION OF THE FRAME

I decided to try hanging it in another room, partly because I wanted to place it somewhere better from a lighting perspective and partly because I wanted to test how well it can be removed and installed elsewhere. Taking the frame down is easy. You remove the plexiglass front first and then each of the rails. The rails are taken down with a rolling motion to separate the adhesive from the wall. This was easy to perform and left absolutely no residue on the wall.

"Fallen Skies" after Curator Clip was repositioned under better lighting. No glare can be seen here.

"Fallen Skies" after Curator Clip was repositioned under better lighting. No glare can be seen here.

Re-installing the frame was as easy as the initial installation. The rails were just as sticky as when they were first installed. This is very good feature that works incredibly well. Also once I’d repositioned the frame in a different location, there was absolutely no glare at all. Perfect!

The final resting place for my Curator Clip Frame. I found that positioning it at right angles to the main source of light in your room works very effectively with the frame.

The final resting place for my Curator Clip Frame. I found that positioning it at right angles to the main source of light in your room works very effectively with the frame.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m pleased that I met Huw and I really do like his product. It’s a clever design that solves a number of the common problems related to framing and hanging prints (mainly cost and damage to your walls). Curator Clip is available in a few different sizes (A4, A3 and 11”x14”) and 3 different colour options (Natural unstained, Matte Black or Red Cedar). Prices start range from $35AUD to $50AUD.

The build quality and lightweight nature of the Curator Clip is impressive given the relatively low cost of these frames. Huw is very easy to deal with and very friendly so please do get in touch with him and check out his website. I highly recommend that you check out the Curator Clip.

Click here to be taken directly to the Curator Clip website.