We specialise in bespoke framing for historical photographs, documents and objects. We endevour to provide woodworking skills which will enhance your object and suit your interiors.
For items and artworks with monetary, historic or personal value, Conservation framing ( also referred to as Archival or Preservation Framing )is a process by which the highest quality materials are used along with best practice framing standards to ensure maximum longevity. Conservation framing strives to ensure all aspects of the picture frame package are archival and any attachments to the art are completely reversible without harm.
Visual Heritage is active in the care, preservation and presentation of artworks and historical items and our materials and workmanship are in line with standards set by the numerous local and international organisations.
Below is a brief explanation of the conservation grade materials and framing processes used:
An important component of any conservation grade frame is the use of 99% Ultraviolet ( UV ) Light absorbing glass. Ultraviolet light is a contributing factor of not only fading but also aids in the deterioration of paper fibres and other problems. UV absorbing acrylic can provide extra protection from possible damage from broken glazing.
We also offer ultra clear non reflective glass which can have an amazing impact on certain works.
MOUNT BOARDS & BACKING MATERIALS
100% Cotton Rag Mat and backing boards is what we primarily use for works of art on paper and object framing. Having being produced from cotton these boards are naturally acid and lignin free, an important consideration for any materials used in conservation framing. Backing materials include aluminium lined board (aluminium is very well regarded), Fluted Polypropylene ( Corflute ) and Aluminium Composite Panel.
With reversibly a key concern in conservation framing the method an artwork or item is secured in the frame is of vital importance. Careful consideration needs to be made when selecting which method is most appropriate. Corner pockets, mounting strips and mylar encapsulation are examples of where nothing is adhered to the artwork. When hinging of the artwork is desired we use Japanese Papers with a Wheat Starch Paste.
We use sustainable timber framing for our photo restorations and hand stain in house.