Conservation framing by Angles of Art

Conservation Framing

We apply conservation framing skills to preserve your artwork for the future. Throughout the process from choosing your frame to receiving your completed product we advise and use techniques that will help keep your artwork in its current condition. Acids and impurities were historically a significant problem to artworks causing browning and spots commonly known as foxing. We reduce this problem by only using acid free mounts and tapes. In addition, we always put a protective acid free layer of card between the artwork and the backboard. We will always advise on the best glass for your picture. Some types of artwork, such as watercolours and pastels, are very susceptible to fading and so we suggest that these always should have our 99% UV glass. Other items, particularly 3D and ultra-shiny pictures look best with our anti-reflective 70% or 99% UV glass. The final key issue for preserving your artwork is to keep the picture away from the glass. Artworks tend to adhere to glass if no space is given. We will always advise you if spacers or fillets need to be used to create a space between artwork and glass. These can of course be made to look more luxurious with deeper spacers or by matching or contrasting colours in your chosen mount board. Please look below for more information on our conservation framing methods. Alternatively please feel free to drop in to our shop to discuss anything regarding the framing of your artwork and we will be happy to explain to you the best practices for conserving your artwork.

Textiles

Textiles

Depending on the textile, there are a number of different ways which we may advise textiles to be displayed. Sewn artworks, such as cross-stitches and tapestries, are lace stretched over acid free board (as seen in the picture). This is the best way to preserve the artwork for the future and be able to enjoy it.

Some textiles, including flags and clothing are sometimes best not to be stretched. These we recommend to be pinned or tagged to our mountboard to show off the qualities of the textile. Lastly, we frame a range of sporting and music shirts. These are stretched over acid free board and pinned to another piece of mountcard. There are many ways of displaying textiles.

Sporting Memorabilia

Sporting Memorabilia

We all like to remember the big events in our own lives and the lives of friends and families. We also like to remember the big occasions that have created pleasure and memories from the worlds of sport and entertainment.
To help keep those memories fresh in the mind, we often collect things that remind us and take us back to happy and important times. At Angles of Art we keep these memories fresh by framing those iconic objects that help us to remember.

We frame sports, football and rugby shirts, other sporting memorabilia, honours, and medals, and memorabilia of service in the armed forces. We preserve the memories of wedding day excitement and anniversaries by framing everything from photos to seating plans and orders of service. To all of these, and more, we bring the ability to present the memorabilia and the memories in ways which suit you, framed to the highest standards, and using conservation materials to ensure they last a lifetime. Whatever the memory, whatever the memorabilia, we will probably have a solution for you.

Paper

Paper

Works of Art on Paper cover a very wide range from original watercolours and pastels, to photographs, prints, maps, and much more. The ever present twin challenges we help with every day in framing works of art on paper are to help you present the art at its best for you and ensure that appropriate measures are taken to ensure that it is conserved for the future.
Careful selection of the right mounting approach, be it float mounted, or with an aperture, is a key decision, as are the questions of using single or multiple mounts, the width of borders, choice of colour and thickness of mountboards, and the use of decorative features such as pen and wash lines, embossed lines, and v-grooves, to add style and finish to the framed work.

We have a wide range of acid free mountboards, but if even then the colour is not right, we can hand paint one in any of the Farrow and Ball palette to get the perfect shade. We have a wide range of frames from attractive manufactured mouldings to bespoke handfinished and painted mouldings so that you can get just the effect that you want. Conservation is just as important, and, particularly for original watercolours, pastels, valued photographs, and limited edition prints, we would advise on the use of conservation glass to protect against UV damage, and anti-reflective glass if the aesthetic effect is to be maximised.

3D Items

3D Items

We specialise in framing 3D items and take care to go through with you the details of constructing the frame to a conservation standard. We always frame using non-acidic adhesives, tapes, and boards. Presentation is also key and often particularly tricky when housing deep items. If you cannot find the right frame from our manufactured mouldings we also offer a large range of hand painted colours for raw wood mouldings.

3D items we commonly frame include; football shirts and other sporting memorabilia such as boxing gloves; medals and militaria; and collections such as keys, spoons, and lego. We always enjoy a challenge so please drop in with your collection to discuss how you can make a fabulous display!

Canvas Stretching

Canvas Stretching

Stretching is an important part of presenting a canvas. We predominantly use fixed stretcher bars, but we can also quote for keyed stretchers if this is preferred. Keyed stretchers have the advantage of being adjustable once stretched and can reduce the effect of sagging more easily into the future. Once stretched it is important to consider framing methods of a canvas. Most galleries display canvases without frames to reduce costs to them, but adding a frame finishes the artwork giving it more presence and visual impact.

We recommend tray frames as a simple modern method. We offer some manufactured styles or, alternatively, we have raw wood mouldings which can be painted to match colours in the picture creating a harmonious design. Often two tones, with a different colour on the inside, can give that extra hint of detail that makes your artwork standout. An alternative can be a deep frame with an inner slip frame which offers a more traditional approach and can add a touch of luxury to your artwork. A slip gives the picture breathing space before a frame and introduces a more balanced finished look.

Conservation Glass

Conservation Glass

Specialty glasses are key to conserving your art for the future and making them more enjoyable to look at. Our best quality glass has 99% UV protection, to stop your work from fading, and it is Anti-Reflective reducing the distraction of annoying reflections! Anti-reflective glass is also vital for displaying 3D items, ultra-shiny pictures, and ultra-matt artworks, where reflections can particularly disrupt viewing.

If UV protection is not quite so important, we offer a 70% Anti-Reflective glass instead. Some artworks, such as watercolours, textiles, and pastels are particularly susceptible to UV light and can fade very quickly. For these we also offer a 99% UV glass, which does not have Anti-Reflective properties. This is a very cost effective way of preserving your art for the future.