Salon D’Art offers custom framing services to our clients and members. Allow us to assist you with your next framing project no matter its scope. Whether you are reframing or framing something for the first time, let us amaze you with our vast selection of frames and highest level of quality framing to match any decor.
Our staff is delighted to work with you to find the perfect frame for your artwork and for your home. Salon D’Art has an extensive selection of moulding ranging from the beautiful classic gilded styles, to rustic silver options, to bold matte blacks, acrylic whites and more.
Contact us today for a quote by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 415.362.3906 x3.
CARING FOR YOUR FRAMED ARTWORK
UV Radiation is particularly damaging to works on paper. UV is found in all daylight, most abundantly in sunlight, and in the emissions of certain artificial lights, such as most fluorescent and metal halogen lamps. Exposure to light causes colors to fade and the paper to discolor and, in some cases, become brittle. Light damage cannot be reversed.
Avoid hanging artwork where it may be exposed to sunlight from windows or skylights. Use curtains, blinds, or shutters in rooms where you hang your artwork. Ordinary household bulbs (incandescent or tungsten lights) contain negligible UV and are therefore recommended. These bulbs give off heat, however, and should not be placed near the artwork. Special filters are also available to screen out UV radiation. Inexpensive plastic sleeves can be purchased for fluorescent tubes. Windows can be covered with stick-on UV-absorbing films, or rigid sheets of UV-filtering plastic or glass can be used in windows.
TEMPERATURE AND RELATIVE HUMIDITY
Paper absorbs moisture quickly. High relative humidity causes paper to swell and expand. The paper will appear wavy or, in the worst cases, wrinkled. When art on paper is exposed to prolonged periods of high relative humidity, they are vulnerable to increased rates of chemical degradation as well as to mold growth. Certain conditions, such as foxing (reddish brown spots on the surface of the paper), may become more pronounced. Avoid displaying or storing your works of art on paper in basements, bathrooms, and attics where temperatures and humidity levels fluctuate.
Avoid spotlights, and hang prints and drawing away from radiators or heating ducts. Unless the building has excellent climate controls, do not subject art on paper to seaside locations or other damp areas. Store paper materials in dark, cool, and relatively dry locations. Aim for 35% relative humidity and below 72° F. Maintaining steady temperature and relative humidity is preferable over conditions that cycle up and down. Temperature can usually be controlled by heating and air conditioning, but more expensive equipment may be necessary to keep the relative humidity constant all year. Lacking such equipment, some control can be maintained by using portable dehumidifiers in summer, and by lowering the heat in winter.
CLEANING, REPAIRS AND EMERGENCIES
Cleaning and repairs are best left to a qualified paper conservator. To find a conservator, contact Salon D’Art or your local art museum. Paper that has become wet, is molding, or has actively flaking media, should be directly taken to a conservator. The same is true for brittle or fragile papers in danger of splitting or tearing. If your artwork gets wet, call a paper conservator immediately. It is important to quickly dry the paper before mold sets in. Wet objects in frames with UV glazing must be removed from their frames. If you are hesitant to handle the damp paper, expose the object by removing the backing from the frame. Speak with a conservator first.