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Preservation Framing Framing as a science.

Abstract

If you want your photograph, artwork, diploma, or other work on paper safely protected in an honest frame, with preservation as priority — you’ve come to the right place.

  • Protection= Gorilla Frames

  • Deterioration= Other Frames

Italian black and gold frame moulding

"I would say that using museum grade materials to frame works on paper or photographs ensures their long-term stability and preservation that is well worth the expense."

— Morgan Zinsmeister, National Archives Senior Conservator

Definitions

Archival & Library Science

This section is here to help alleviate some of the misconceptions that framers and framing companies have caused. By communicating clear, concrete definitions we hope to correct these fallacies. The definitions below pertain to archival and library science, and it is how they should be used when referring to a frame or framing of an object.

Preservation | pre·ser·va·tion | \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\

: a process by which one provides a stable storage environment to minimize further deterioration i.e. a preventative, reversible action.

Conservation | con·ser·va·tion | \ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shən\

: a reversible process to stabilize by additive or subtractive methods i.e. a reversible alteration.

Restoration | res·to·ra·tion | \ˌres-tə-ˈrā-shən\

: a permanent change by replacement or addition of parts, original or not i.e. an irreversible alteration.

Environmental

Preservation and conservation are commonly and incorrectly, used interchangeably. To further exasperate the situation, most refer to conservation and preservation in terms of environment which is misleading. The difference is subtle but can cause confusion when looking at preservation in terms of archival science.

Preservation | pre·ser·va·tion | \ˌpre-zər-ˈvā-shən\

: to maintain without change or alteration, to keep as is.

Conservation | con·ser·va·tion | \ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-shən\

: to utilize scarcely or efficiently with the intent to maximize duration, and with the knowledge that it will eventually cease to be.

Framing Fallacies

Framing Components

A preservation frame has 7 primary components. It has 1 main structural component, the rest are dedicated mainly to the preservation of your piece.