For over 30 years, we have been providing galleries, museums, public and private collectors, artists, and individuals with custom preservation framing solutions and conservation framing services.
At Chrisman Framing, our primary concern is to create a safe and protective environment in which to preserve the life and value of your artwork. Over the years, our staff has handled a vast array of artworks made from a wide variety of materials. We believe every piece of art requires individual consideration to determine the appropriate frame, treatment, adhesives and matting options.
The techniques and materials we use are designed to preserve and protect your artwork. We often see artwork that has been improperly framed with acidic materials or inappropriate adhesives which cause damage especially to artworks on paper.
Signs of artworks on paper in need of conservation:
This refers to small spots (often brown in color) across the surface of the artwork and is a result of acidic build-up.
Often, an acidic mat will leave a dark brown stain where it came in contact with the artwork. Acidic backing boards can cause staining as well.
In appropriate adhesives and tapes can cause severe damage, as they contain active chemistry which continues to deteriorate paper. These adhesives often harden and become brittle, turning orange/brown in color, and causing the artwork to do the same.
What things need Conservation Framing?
Items of historical, resale, collectible or simply sentimental value will require conservation framing. Anything you would like preserved for the enjoyment of future generations is a candidate for conservation framing.