Why it is important to know your framer

Framing is one of those things that you don’t know how good the job is until much later. With restaurants, you pretty much know the quality after the first bite. Even car repair shops, one can detect the quality of work done on a car. But framing! This is another matter. Unless you are working with someone who is well versed in conservation framing, it is anybody’s guess how well a job was performed on your artwork or personal item.


Because it is hidden under all that matting, glass and frame. You spend your hard earned money on making your art look visually appealing, while protecting it. You might as well make sure it is framed properly. The problem is relying on the business to ensure its protection and stability for years to come. What looks great now, may not look great later.

The reason being is two fold: 1) If the framer used sub par materials, the environment (sun, heat, light, etc.) will play a part in causing the materials to react and break down. If not strictly archival, any contamination can leach onto the art. This is why most of us see fading, staining and other signs of deterioration over a period of time. 2) Most framers are not educated in proper ways of preservation framing. They rely on sales materials by framing distributors or fellow colleagues who may lack the proper knowledge, for their information. Framers need to consider detailed studies conducted by museums, libraries or other repositories of important art.

Know your framer. How and where did they obtain their knowledge, skills and abilities. After all, it is your art and money!

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