Conservation Framing - what is it and why should you care?
Everything deteriorates over time with exposure to the environment. Conservation framing with archival materials is designed to minimize deterioration and protect artwork.
If artwork is not properly framed with archival materials, it can become stained and damaged in just a few years. Look at some of the framed art you purchased a few years ago and see if the mat edges are turning light brown.
If they are, this is a sign that the materials used are not acid-free. After a while, the acid in the mats and in the backing cardboard will begin to cause yellowing at the edges of the art itself.
Archival, acid-free materials are now available at competitive prices and it makes good sense to protect your investment in art or in sentimental keepsakes by framing them with acid-free materials.
Conservation framing ensures that all the materials used in framing and matting will not harm the artwork, and will, as much as possible, protect the artwork from physical damage.
Because conservation framing materials are made to be as permanent as possible, they feature colors that will not fade and mat cores that are pure and clean attributes that will maintain the aesthetics of your framed pieces for years to come.
Artwork should be spaced far enough from the glazing materials to provide an air space to prevent the condensation of moisture onto the paper . Spacing is achieved by the use of a mat or spacer between the glazing and the artwork.
For pastels, additional spacing must be provided so that chalk dust does not fall on the cut edges of the mats as time passes.
When your artwork is worth preserving, you should definitely consider conservation framing. This can include original artwork, limited editions, photographs, keepsakes, and your child’s first drawings.
That concert poster you purchased for a few dollars can be a treasured memento if it is properly framed. Memorabilia of all kinds can be framed to preserve it for posterity.
Conservation framing is a reasonable investment to preserve your treasures and keepsakes.