ART CRIMES! The crimes some framers use to do in the past! This little Elisabeth Cummings work was ‘glued’ with a very sticky acidic double sided tape onto a acidic board.
While the overall knowledge in the framing industry is getting better, you should be aware of that there is still framers out there that does this sort of stuff. You can still operate as a framer in Australia without following any code of practice. This means that your valuable ( personal or $ value) work can be framed in a way that it speeds up the deterioration of your work! That’s it, bad framing can be very harmful to your work if it’s done with wrong materials and bad techniques. It becomes a little micro environment for speedy deterioration! This is why it’s always better to pay a little bit more for your framing; to be sure that the person you trust with your artwork knows what they are doing and is using the right materials. And often, it’s not that much more expensive either.
We also recommend you to overlook your frames on a regular basis. To insure that the are materials are inert and that there is no infestations of bugs or mould. You can bring your work in to us at Fogelberg’s Framers to have a free examination and discuss best preventative conservation practice. As I am a trained conservator we always handle all works with care and only use reversible techniques - or otherwise discussed with the client.
Please always question what techniques and materials framers use and help us stop these art crimes!
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