CARING FOR YOUR ARTWORK
Both original pieces and glicee reproduction prints should be treated with the same level of care and the following considerations:
ON RECEIVING YOUR ARTWORK
Larger pieces will be rolled, smaller pieces sent flat in a rigid mailer. My best recommendation for the rolled pieces would be to not open the package and take it straight to the framers to be professionally framed!
Taking the artwork out of the tube and putting it back in again to travel to the framers, you risk damaging it plus the extra handling is not good for it. Ask the framer if you can see it when you bring it in for framing if you like! Then they can take it straight out the back to be flattened after you view the piece and discuss the framing.
Artwork sent flat can more easily be opened carefully for a look! But avoid handling the work directly any more than is necessary.
When storing or unpacking your unframed artwork, please be extra careful to avoid getting moisture on your piece as this will cause watercolours on original pieces to run or go blotchy. Also be careful not to smudge the original oil pastel or mixed media pieces as oil pastels never fully 'dry' and can smudge. Hence they need to be framed under glass.
If you are going to handle the artwork, make sure you have washed and dried your hands carefully (or wear clean white cotton gloves), the oils in your skin can stain and discolour the artwork over time. Be extra careful of the raw cut edges of the original cut-outs (such as the 'Butterfly Wing-Scales' and 'Crochet Web Mandala' pieces) as these are delicate and will not be covered by the matt when framed.
I recommend getting your piece framed up as soon as possible if it is rolled, as it is not good for the art to be sitting rolled for extended periods of time.
NOTE: Please check tube/mailer for damage on receiving your artwork delivery. If it looks like it may be damaged and you suspect the art inside may be at all please photograph for insurance purposes and contact me. I carefully package the artwork and the tube/mailer should be neatly sealed. Again, if it looks like it has been opened and resealed, please photograph and contact me. There has been one instance of Customs in USA opening the piece to check it and putting it back less than carefully. This has only occured once, but it is important to know this in advance, just incase!
ON FRAMING YOUR ARTWORK
A professional framer will know the correct way to handle and frame your artwork. The cut out pieces are designed to be raised up and floated in a deep box frame. This is also an effective way to frame glicee art reproduction prints, though they do not need to be raised up as high for effect.
If you are framing the piece yourself:
1. Make sure all materials are archival (acid free), else the piece can be affected by the acids in papers or matt board and discolour, fade or yellow over time. Wooden frames that are not archival may be treated with chemicals or paints that can omit harmful gases that can damage the ink and paper. It should be noted on the materials/packaging that the materials are archival and acid free.
2. Again, clean dry hands or better yet, clean white cotton gloves, and only handle the piece as much as is necessary.
3. Ensure the glass is not in direct contact with the artwork - use a matt and/or a box frame.
4. Glass/perspex that blocks UV light is best.
5. Use two hands to support your piece to avoid creasing or tears.
ON HANGING YOUR ARTWORK
There are a few important points to take into account once your piece is framed and ready to hang!!! (How exciting! Probably the best part! Then you can sit down with a nice tea/coffee/drink and take in the view!!!)
1. Avoid hanging your artwork in a position where direct sunlight will hit the piece. Both for the originals and glicee reproduction prints use pigments that are selected to retain incredible vibrancy for generations, but not in a position of direct sunlight. This may damage artwork over time.
2. Also avoid excess heat, humidity, cold or dryness - any extremes are not good for any artwork. Most normal houses are fine! But definitely do not hang any piece of art directly under an airconditioning unit or heater or in the bathroom.
3. Especially if it is a big and heavy piece, make sure you have hung the piece securely! Probably a two person job for really big pieces! If you are not sure, ask a handiman to make sure the fitting in the wall and wall itself will support the piece!
4. If you live in an area prone to earthquakes or move house frequently, you probably want to use perspex as opposed to glass when framing your piece. So if it takes a fall, the glass wont shatter and potentially pierce the painting.
If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me!