Conservation framing

Any competent picture framer should be trained in conservation framing methods and be able to advise on when to use more expensive materials in order to protect an artwork that might have value and on how to protect a valuable work of art from environmental damage, such as light, humidity and acid.

Camframe’s framers are trained to Conservation framing standards and can advise on all aspects of the care of your valuable artworks.

A picture framer who doesn’t know his Picasso’s from his Shane Clark’s, whoever Picasso is, should take a history of art diploma! You don’t want the framer looking after your valuable works of art if they are unaware of their value. Any good framer will have insurance to cover the storage of valuable artworks, but if in doubt, it is best to ask.

If your picture framer is confident in the language of visual things if they say things like, that colour is too cool, or overpowering, or make observations about the artwork, or asks you where it will hang, you are probably in safe hands.

The riddle as to why so many picture framers have beards has yet to be solved.

The most exasperating aspect of the picture framing process is when dust mysteriously appears trapped between the glass and the mount after you have put the whole sandwich of glass, artwork and backing card together, and after you have checked and re-checked that the mount and glass have no dust particles. Arguuu! The only thing you can do is take it all apart again and clean all surfaces of dust.

The putting together of a picture frame is the most time-consuming stage of the process. The framer must be meticulous at this vital point, and have nerves of steel. If every frame went together smoothly framers would be rich, they don’t, time is their money to be wasted!

So, you see, I think beards serve a very important purpose. They mask the framer’s expression of anxiety, they hide the framer’s fragile mental state, they are the framer’s last stand, and tellingly are usually grown not long before retirement is upon the framer.

The best framers love their craft but framing is a tension, a tension between meticulosity and loneliness, the suffering caused by dust. I haven’t grown my beard yet but sure as heck one day I will!