Lessons to be learnt

I thought I’d share with you this classic example of the damage that some framers can do. This was a very valuable print by a well-known contemporary artist, however, the poor workmanship by the framer had caused distortions and creases to what otherwise would have been a print in perfect condition.

The uneven application of this tape has restricted the paper from its natural expansion and contraction in repsonse to changes in temperature and humidity.

The uneven application of this tape has restricted the paper from its natural expansion and contraction in response to changes in temperature and humidity. The side creases have been caused by pressure against the edge of the mount at the front.

This sort of carelessness really annoys me as it’s as if because the client is unable to see the back or inside once framed, some framers think they can get away with these short cuts.

I hasten to add that not all high street framers are this bad and I’m pleased to report that this particular high street chain framer has since gone out of business.

The lesson is, choose your framer carefully or it could end up costing you more in the long run. If the price is suspiciously low, there is probably a good reason. Don’t be afraid to ask to see examples of how items are hinged in or to ask what materials will be used and whether they are acid free. A good framer will be happy to show you their work, to explain their methods and to share his or her knowledge.

If you would like a recommendation of a framers in Newcastle, please contact me.

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