From the journals of South Yarra Picture Framers:
Conservation framing is similar to picture framing, however it uses framing materials and techniques that ensure the best preservation of the artwork, photograph, certificate or other framed object.
Conservation framing is a type of art conservation, for anything that is precious, and this newsletter discusses the role of Matboards in the Conservation Environment.
Why do we use matboards?
Matboards add the “wow” factor by providing a frame for the image as well as providing
support. But matboards do more than this. Matboards keep the art away from the glass
and create an airspace allowing the art to breathe. Did you know that all art on paper breathes?
We use matt boards to create part of the conservation sandwich.
What matboards should I use?
The answer to this is straight forward: Cotton RagMat boards.
Cotton RagMat is the only matboard guaranteed safe next to any artwork.
It¹s the natural choice when the highest levels of protection are required.
For over 1500 years cotton has been both the courier and curator of history. Priceless
documents such as the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare¹s first folio, and the U.S. Constitution
exist today because they were printed or penned on cotton paper.
South Yarra Picture Framers use Crescent Ragmatt boards. South Yarra Picture Framers
trust cotton when preserving valuable art originals, limited edition prints or any artwork
that demands the best matting available, and the time-honored practice of making matboard
with cotton paper is still employed by Crescent today.
· Made of strong cotton fibers, which are naturally acid-free and lignin-free
· Cotton is time-tested and naturally free of any chemicals that could harm artwork.
· Cotton is environmentally friendly.
· RagMat meets museum conservation standards as set by F.A.C.T.S. and F.A.T.G.
· Cotton RagMat is the only matboard guaranteed safe next to any artwork.