As beautiful as the artwork
was, the frame definitely
Asheley knew that she wanted to brighten this piece up so she chose a mat from our Bainbridge line in a very faint blue color,
this really gave the piece a fresh look.
As Asheley removed the existing framing materials, you could see damage the matting material it was obvious that the previous materials were not up to standard to keep this piece safe. Within the last few decades, framing has made large strides with helping to preserve the art we work with, including the introduction of uv protective glass, and acid free mats and backing.
Any piece that was framed in the 80's or earlier, is at definite risk of damage from the framing materials. The acids in mats from this time are very acidic, and can actually burn artwork. If you've ever noticed a browning around a matboard, this is a for sure sign your mat is acid, and your piece is being burned and should be updated immediately to prevent any further damage.
The new matting materials chosen by Asheley, are all acid free with a neutral ph balance. These archival materials will ensure the safety and longevity of the artwork.
As stated above, glass has also come a long way in the last 20 years, so replacing the glass on this piece was a priority. When choosing the glass for this piece Asheley chose our 99%UV protection Conservation clear glass making sure to protect the piece from natural and artificial lighting.