However, it is important to remember that minimum budget framing can actually damage your artwork in the long term & won’t necessarily last in the humid climate of Singapore. Some Art/Photography/Memorabilia should be prioritised protecting them for future generations to come.
A professional framing consultant will be able to help & advise you on the appropriate level of framing for your piece and at the same time, recommend a complementary design which can even make the most modestly priced prints look their best!
When Framing, you have a Choice of the Level to which you Protect your Artwork.
When carrying and transporting your frames, it is always important to hold the frame firmly on both side so as not to exert extreme force on one side which could potentially cause the corners joints to weaken. It is always a good idea to stack the frames vertically and the right way due to the hinging methods used to secure the artwork inside the frame.
And finally when stacking frames, make sure you stand them glass to glass or hanger to hanger so that the fixings do not scratch the frames in front.
~ Always use a soft lignin-free cloth or Japanese paint brush to clean your frames.
When cleaning the glass of a frame, never spray glass cleaner directly on to the glass itself as this allows the liquid cleaner to drip down the glass potentially allowing it to seep into the frame through the lip at the bottom. Any moisture entering the frame can encourage and promote mould growth. Instead always spray the liquid onto the cloth and then use the slightly dampened cloth to clean the glass.
The use of a damp/wet cloth and cleaning liquid on a Canvas, Exposed Artwork or Sculpture is a big No-No! Also a feather duster can potentially scratch the surface of your piece. Always use a Japanese paint brush to gently remove any surface dust.
If your artwork requires a thorough cleaning, it is advisable to contact your framing consultant to arrange to have the piece picked up and cleaned by a professional conservator. It is remarkable the amount of dust & ingrained dirt that accumulates on the surface of an artwork over the years from living in different parts of the world.
By having your artwork professionally cleaned, it is astonishing to see how the colours come back to life. Artworks do become slightly subdued over time with the build up of surface dust and dirt deposits without you even noticing.
The main threat that cause deterioration of artwork in Singapore are UV light rays, humidity, insects and air pollutant.
If you see any of these things or are in the slightest bit concerned, please contact your professional framing consultant to help resolve them. The earlier you see things, the more likely permanent damage can be avoided.
The art of hanging takes into consideration the safety of the artwork with the aesthetic concerns of visual balance of colour and size within the room as well as correct lighting.Artworks should be hung in the area where it will not affected by heat, ultraviolet (UV) light rays or humidity.
Ensure that your valuable artwork does not come into contact with direct sunlight. We recommend that you discuss with your framing consultant about persuing the conservation quality glass which will filter out the majority of the UV light rays.
Remember never to hang your valuable artwork over a heat source or in an area that will be very humid (such as bathrooms). Heat and humidity can cause severe and permanent damage to your artwork.
When reflecting on your art collection and facing the mind-blowing decision of what to hang where, here are a few things to bear in mind:
Small and more refined intricate pieces should be kept for smaller walls, where the impact is not as important as the content. This allows the viewer to get up close and personal to the pieces to enjoy them in all their glory.
Your statement pieces should ideally be placed in areas which will create a large impact. Hang them opposite the entrance to a room or at the end of a corridor to create maximum impact.