Conservation or preservation framing standards have become the norm rather than the exception. To fully service the conservation of artworks, we work closely with specialists in textile, paper and painting conservation in addition to our framing conservation practices. Currently, there are no mandated framing conservation standards in South Africa but we adhere to the Fine Art Trade Guild (FATG) standards. These standrads include archival hinging with mulberry paper and wheat starch paste, the use of museum mat boards and backing, glass and plexiglass options.
At DLB we feel that the onus is on us to care for and consider the preservation of all artworks we frame. In this way, we can be sure that the integrity of the work and the memory of the artist is at least preserved as the work passes through our doors and into another iteration of its framed life.
Conservation framing may not be in everyone’s budget, but there is a place for carefull consideration of the framing you chose for your art. Important things to consider are: