Presentation Services Offered by Mima:
Advice on Traditional Framing Behind Glass:
Methods and Materials
Glass or Acrylic? / UV or not UV?
What you can do to protect your artwork
Canvas Stretching / Gallery Wrap / Museum Wrap
As standard we stretch canvases with 'museum wrap' edges, the border taped with deep black which wraps around the side of the wooden stretcher. On request, different colours are available to compliment the image. Alternatively we can provide a 'gallery wrap' / 'mirror wrap', as shown on the right.
Superior Stretchers for Panoramas
Once we know your requirements, we will indicate a lead time and quote you based on sizes, depth of stretchers and quantities. Your canvases are shipped ready to hang.
Watercolour Rag Paper
Mounted and Laminated onto Fibre Board | an alternative to framing behind glass
Picture credit: Images by Kelly Fraser, Photographer, Yukon Territory,
Preservation/Conservation/Archival Framing is a method of picture framing that protects and preserves artwork. If artwork is not properly framed in this way, it can quickly succumb to the damaging effects of light, humidity, acid in the framing materials, dust or insects. Be sure to take an unframed artwork to a professional picture framer, trained in the proper techniques and materials for archival framing, to ensure the protection and beauty of your artwork for many generations.
Methods and Materials
The real purpose of matting, besides it’s aesthetic use, is that it creates an air space between the art and the glazing. This space helps to dissipate moisture and thus prevent the art from becoming fused to the glass.
Always use archival quality, acid-free mounting boards: e.g. the “Alphamat Artcare” System from Nielsen-Bainbridge. Your framer will be ready to advise on colour but consider the mat as the visual bridge, along with the frame, between the picture and it's environment. When the future location is unknown, our preference is for a slightly off-white colour, as close a colour match to the paper as possible, in order to maintain a simple and elegant presentation which will not present décor conflicts!
However, when printing editions at MiMa, we place each image precisely on the paper, which is heavyweight and therefore holds its shape. So for reasons of elegance and simplicity we generally prefer to attach a hidden Perspex spacer to the inside of the frame to elevate the glazing off the artwork in place of a mat.
The wood should be sealed on the inside of the frame, hidden from view, to prevent the transmigration of acids from the wood to the artwork, mount, backing, etc.
Archival quality linen hinges are used to attach the artwork to the backing or mount board, securing the artwork whilst ensuring it’s long-term integrity. Archival quality backing board or foamcore board, sealed with an aluminum tape (recommended), will protect your artwork from pollutants entering the back of the framed piece.
Hang framed pictures on your wall. Not only can you enjoy your artwork, but also framed works do much better on the wall than in storage. Move artwork around occasionally to change the amount and direction of light exposure and keep your artwork out of direct sunlight, even with conservation glass or acrylic glazing.
Store your artwork carefully. Whenever possible, store artwork in a climate-controlled space similar to your living space. Where you are comfortable, it will be comfortable. Do not store artwork in an attic, a garage or a basement where temperature extremes and humidity will be damaging. If you notice signs of moisture within the frame, dismantle the frame carefully, removing backing board, artwork and any mat boards from the frame and allow them to dry properly. If the moisture is extensive or there are signs of mildew, take the artwork to a trained framing professional or picture conservator.
If you have any questions about framing your limited edition print, please contact us.