Framing standards.

As a professional framer I can advise you on the appropriate level of framing for your work - and will know how to make even a modestly priced print look superb.

The Five Levels of Framing
You have a choice about how much or how little you want to safeguard your picture. There are Five Levels of Framing for you to choose from as the following summary explains:

  • Museum - The ultimate protection for your artwork
  • Conservation - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations
  • Commended - Guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part
  • Budget - Visually pleasing, but offering no long-term protection
  • Minimum - Putting economy first

Ask me which level you should choose for YOU.

Why frame anything?

There are many reasons, here are a few:

to preserve a memory of a concert or event; to save a picture from a holiday long past; as a reminder of that time when that funny thing happened; to make that picture look really special; as a way of preserving a certificate that really made a difference to you; because it's less expensive than decorating the whole room(!); to make a gift out of your child's drawing or sentimental piece of art; because it creates a border between the picture (or object) and the surroundings; and it displays your prized artwork in a frame to protect it from harm and integrate it into the design of the whole room. 

We frame things because it makes a difference; it makes things special!

Caring for your artwork at home.

Avoid Heat

Ideally pictures should not be hung above radiators. Extreme or rapid changes in temperature cause paper and wood to dry out and adhesives to fail.

Beware damp

Damp can cause pictures to ripple. If the ripples touch the glass, the picture might stick and be hard to remove. Damp also encourages fungal growth - likely to show as brown stains. Conservation framing can slow these effects, but it is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Allow six months before hanging pictures on newly plastered walls.

Eye-level display

Remember most pictures are designed to be viewed at eye-level. When hanging a group of pictures of different sizes align the top edges. Groups of pictures need not be hung in symmetrical patterns, but they should follow some sort of overall design. Try arranging them on the floor first.

Hang securely

Use two hooks on the wall, each set about a quarter of the way in from either side of the picture. Check that the cord, wire or other hanger you use is designed to support the weight of your artwork. Where safety is critical, in children's bedrooms, for example, ask me about security fittings and glazing.

A gentle clean

Dust frames or treat with a soft brush, rather than risk applying water or cleaning fluids. Don't use cleaning fluids or water on the varnished surface of oil paintings; again dust carefully. If cleaning fluids have to be used on the glass, apply them to a duster first (rather than spraying the glass directly); take care not to let the fluids touch the frame.

Handling

When transporting and moving pictures always pick them up with a hand on each side.  NEVER pick them up by the top edge alone.