Summer Framing and Critique Meeting
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Some of the techniques he advocates are:
• Using a kraft paper dust cover on the backs of all framed works. He puts a few small holes through the dust cover in each corner to allow the painting to breath. The downside of this is that it might allow "critters" to get in, but you should be checking all your framed work annually to make sure they're clean, "critter"-free, and unscratched, anyway.
• Using linen hinging tape or specially made barrier tape to cover the surface of the rabbet on the inside of wooden frames to prevent any leeching of acid from the wood onto the mat and the artwork. You can also use a fast-drying polyurethane, but he says he does not recommend using gesso, as it will produce dust over time.
• Using a little lighter fluid on a microfiber cloth to clean glass. This can be used on both sides of the glass (both with and without the UV coating). He does not recommend using alcohol to clean glass, which can leave streaks.
• Using a dedicated plexiglass cleaner to clean plexiglass. (United Mfrs sells one; see below)
For those of us who still wish to do some or all of our own framing, he recommended a couple of on-line framing supply companies:
• United Manufacturers http://www.unitedmfrscatalog.com/index.cfm
• University Products http://www.universityproducts.com/ (Note: As of 1 September, their website was under construction, but it appears that they're also associated with the Lineco line of framing products).
Mat About You Art Gallery & Framing Studio
3774 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Call or email for a free consultation: 410-313-8860
Following Mr. Manelli's presentation, we had the annual critique meeting, with Linda Light, Daniel Wise, Chris Powell, and Deborah Maklowski as the four volunteer critiquers.