Preservation Matters

Framing Matters has a number of framers on staff with internationally recognised qualifications. This means that staff members are skilled in applying framing techniques which can extend the life of the artworks and artefacts being framed. In preservation framing, artworks and artifacts are not altered in any way during the framing process and all attachments are completely reversible. For this reason Framing Matters is rated as one of the leaders in preservation framing and has been recommended by galleries in many parts of Australia to customers who are seeking preservation framing. We pride ourselves in framing to internationally accepted standards.

The Cultural Heritage Preservation Foundation has registered Framing Matters as an 'Approved Preservation Picture Framer'

Requirements for preservation framing

Damaged artworks

On occasions we are presented with valuable artworks that have incurred some damage. As we are not qualified to repair these works of art, we advise that the services of a qualified conservator may be required. Framing Matters works closely with a variety of conservators to whom customers can be referred.

A framer's responsibility

In general, what goes on inside the frame is never seen by the client, at least not for a number of years. As a result it is easy for irresponsible framers to "cut corners," often doing significant, irreversible damage to artworks and artefacts, unbeknown to the owner of the piece for many years.

At Framing Matters we recognise the trust invested in the picture framer and we are committed to honouring that trust by recognising the value that every piece holds, be that aesthetic, sentimental, historical or financial value.

We believe it is our responsibility to:
  • have the knowledge to identify all forms of artworks in order to apply correct framing techniques,
  • have the skills and knowledge to create a design which is appropriate for the artwork,
  • have the knowledge to ensure that the correct materials are used in framing, particularly in preservation framing,
  • have the knowledge and skills to attach artworks to substrates in such a way that no harm is done to the art and that the framing is reversible; and
  • have the knowledge to recognise signs of deterioration in artworks and know when to refer a client to a conservator for assessment and possible treatment.
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