We are Hampton Framers + Art
The Business. The Vision.
Hampton Framers and Art is a service-based business. Our philosophy is simple. Help, educate and explain. Be open and authentic and through a commitment to service and gratitude, develop a loyal and lifelong clientele.
We know that Custom Framing brings beauty and joy into your personal space.
Hampton Framers + Art was started in November 2018, taking over a decade old tired Custom Framing business in Bayside Melbourne. After quickly realising that the Custom Framing world was dated and out of step with modern expectations, Hampton Framers + Art moved swiftly to a service-based business. Cutting out subcontracting, taking back control, keeping it in-house and set about learning and challenging every rule and procedure from customer service through to standard work practices.
Hampton Framers + Art is constantly evolving and innovating. A breath of fresh air in a world full of globalisation and cheap offshore manufacturing, our aim is to keep ensure a tradition of beautiful and bespoke framing. This needs to be done by hand and with care. These traditions need to be nurtured and understood. A crude but simple analogy is we are the gourmet pizza in a world of frozen pizzas...
Hampton Framers + Art is on a quest to move Art and Framing from “Luxury Items” to “something to bring happiness into our lives”. Big call but why not! In a short period of time, we have noticed that art is embedded in many cultures and displaying it in their homes is the norm. We believe, that the Custom Framing industry has been its own worst enemy by losing connection with the community and it’s clients. Our mission is to teach, explain and demystify. To remain authentic and to help people bring beauty and joy into their homes.
Clinton and Owen Bowditch are locals with 20+ years of connection with the Bayside community. A Father/Son team. After 36 years in Construction, Clinton changed careers moving permanently into the creative space of Custom Framing and Art. A meticulous tradesman, the “millimetre man”, from a family full of creatives, this was an easy transition. Combined with his son, Owen, who is known for his tenacity, un-ending enthusiasm and natural head for business, they have set out to re-invigorate and revitalise an important and almost forgotten legacy industry.
The Hampton Framers + Art team is strengthened by Christophe, our head framer with over 20 years of experience in Custom Framing and Art Curation and Restoration and a tertiary educated fine artist. Katie also joins the team, another fine artist with over 20 years of experience and brings knowledge and provision of confidence relating to all thing art, design and interiors. The manufacturing component of Hampton Framers + Art has over 18 years of experience.