Gallery & Archival Framing
We specialize in archival framing (synonymous with museum, conservation
or preservation framing), which involves using high-quality non-acidic
materials and special techniques to protect and keep the piece being framed
as close to its original condition as possible. We follow standards set
by the Library of Congress and collaborate with a variety of local art
conservators. Educational material from our industry publications, the
American Institute of Conservation and the Washington Conservation Guild
provide current valuable information and resources for the client as well
as for the framer.
We recommend archival framing for artwork or items of sentimental or monetary
value (i.e. original art, great-grandmas beaded purse, a childs
drawing). We also frame items that do not require archival treatment,
such as inexpensive posters or temporary signs. A conservator should work
on a damaged item before we frame it; we will guide you through that process.
Consider framing a good printed copy of a delicate piece (such as a brittle
antique photograph or document), while archivally storing the original,
to prevent further stress and possible light damage. Todays printers
come very close to the original colors, and computer "magic"
can fill in missing areas of photographs and other works on paper, making
a visually complete copy.
We work with private clients, corporations, interior designers and other
galleries. New clients are always welcome.