What Is Conservation Framing?
Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials
that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible.
I ask for Conservation Framing?
Value is, at best, a subjective thing. If it's worth framing, it's worth protecting.
How can I be sure I am getting Conservation Quality?
Let your framer know that you want Conservation Framing
employed on your project. Specifically, request the following:
1.Specify TruGuard UV Protection Glass. Ultraviolet light
rays are one of the most dangerous elements that your artwork can encounter. It will not only cause your colors to fade to
a mere shadow of their former glory, but will cause the materials themselves to begin to break down right in the frame.
2.Specify Conservation Quality Artboard. Ordinary pulp-based matboard contains acid and lignins which, over a period
of timedamage the artwork they come in contact with. Conservation Quality artboard is free of all acids, lignins and other
impurities found in ordinary "pulp" board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage
to the artwork it encases as time goes by.
3.Request a careful adherence to proper conservation techniques for
mounting the artwork and sealing your artwork. The framer your patronize should be fully versed in the specifics of conservation
mounting. Be sure to impress upon him or her how much the piece means to you, and demand that proper conservation standards
be upheld. As a rule of thumb, if the item you are framing is an irreplaceable, one-of-a-kind photograph, document or piece
of memorabilia, or if it is an original work of art or a limited edition, it should be framed using conservation techniques
and materials. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal-
and certainly well worth it.
It is important
that you entrust your valuable framing projects only to just such a trained professional who cares about the conservation
process, has the experience and the necessary skills and techniques, and who is committed to using high quality conservation
materials throughout your entire project.
Some of life's most precious memories are captured in the photographs
that we take:a childs first birthday, your parents' 50th wedding anniversary party,your daughter's wedding portrait. Yet,
more often than not, we display these memories by simply placing the photo in a frame or sticking them on the pages of a self-adhesive
While this treatment is appropriate for most snapshots, your truly special photos, especially those with
historical merit or those that may be irreplaceable, deserve so much more. That's where your custom framer can be of assistance.
Special Characteristics of Photography
The very nature of photographs will dictate how they must be framed.
Some photos are printed on papers which do not take well to heat-activated mounting techniques. Others, especially antique
photos, are very sensitive to alkaline-based framing materials and therefore must be mounted and matted using special non-buffered
All photos should be framed using at least one mat of Conservation Quality artboard. This will ensure that
the photo emulsion does not tough the glass. If it does, temperature and humidity changes may cause it to stick. This can
potentially ruin the image.
Bring Memories To Life.
Photographs can really bring back the memories and
feelings of a special time. Why not add an extra element to your memories by placing a treasured momento in a shadowbox presentation
with the photo?
For instance, aphoto of your son's high school graduation can be brought to life when paired with
his mortarboard and tassel. Or your daughter's dance recital portrait will do a grande jete when framed with her ballet shoes
and a program from the event.
Thes are just a few examples that can help to enliven your still shots. Ask your
custom framer to help you find the special touch that will bring your picture-perfect memories to life!
The effects of not using proper Conservation Framing- Faded artwork, improper placement of matting
over signature and incorrect mounting techniques.
How To Properly Hang Your Artwork
Care should be taken to hang the
piece in an area where it not become damaged by heat, ultraviolet (UV) light rays or humidity. Hang your artwork out of the
line of direct sunlight. We recommend that you always ask your framer to use Conservation Glass which will filter out most
of the harmful UV light rays. Never hang your valuable artwork over a heat source or in an area that will be high in humidity
(such as a bathroom). Heat and humidty can cause serious damage to your art.
Ther are two basic
techniques available for your home: ambient "room" lighting or "spot" lighting. Domestic lighting is often
preferable for the home, because it allows the work of art to blend in with rest of the room. Spotlights, on the other hand,
make a piece "pop" - a nice touch for really speacial pieces. Spot lighting can be dramatic (using can lighting
or light strips that affix to the wall or the frame itself) or subtle (using room lamps strategically placed to give ample
direct light to the piece). When using spotlights, be careful not to create shadows by using strong lights on a deep frame.
Remember to keep your wiring as "invisible" as possible.
The Secret To Attractive Artwork Display . .
Location, Location, Location
Hang your artwork at eye-level of the "average" person in the room.
If you are hanging the art in a room where more time is spent seated than standing, "eye-level" should be lower.
Hang smaller, more detailed pieces in small spaces such as hallways and corridors, where impact is less important
than content, and the art can be enjoyed up close and personal. Larger, "atmospheric" pieces require more room for
the viewer to stand back and enjoy - hang these pieces opposite the entrance to a room or at the end of a cooridor.
Unless you are striving for an eclectic "antique shop" look, groupings should look as though
they belong together. Select frame styles that are compatible, and matting styles that will work together and create a balanced,
unified look to the group as a whole.
Spacing is an important element in a grouping. Each picture should be placed
not too far from, nor too close to its neighbor.
The most commonly recommended way to create balance in a group
is to place the entire layout on the floor. This will allow you to get a sense of how the grouping will look on the wall,
allow for adjustments and accurate measurements. Another way is to cut out paper patterns of each framed item and tape lightly
to the wall. A lot easier to re-arrange and better than unnecessary holes being placed in the wall surface.
tip is to align the tops or bottoms of the various pictures in the group
Take care to use the proper hanging hardware
for your type of wall and that will bear the weight of the framed piece.
A photo memorial to a special friend and companion complete with his tags and engraved plate. His
memory will last forever.
Framing Done With Pride"