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Archival Frames for $50 and $75

Inexpensive, archival framing options for smaller prints

Posted May 12, 2010

Um, it's pretty common for people in photographic arts to be control freaks, right?

I think the nature of using a camera gives way to a certain relationship with reality. Capturing time - a perceived control over time. Technology becoming an extension of one's body - the camera is the first stop in a long series of negotiations between an artist and reality. Each agreement bringing the viewer and the artist closer together - eventually meeting on common ground - the artifact print.

I've structured my production process so I have control over most every aspect. I personally shoot, scan and print each image myself. I'd say I qualify as a control freak. The last step in preserving this relationship - selecting an appropriate conservation frame.

Why Conservation Materials?

Anyone who's framed artwork knows that it can be a learning experience. Each element, from the glass to the mat to the mounting procedure can potentially extend or shorten the life of a print. This is why I encourage my clients to seek a professional solution. Purchasing an archival print and framing it with non-conservation materials could lead to premature fading or discoloration. For specific guidelines, refer to the The Library of Congress Guide for Preservation Matting and Framing.

What does "archival" mean?

The generally accepted definition of ÔÇťarchival" is that materials should show no sign of aging or deteriorated viewing quality for a minimum of 100 years. This is the working definition for the US Library of Congress. I print my work in-house on a 44" Epson 9800 inkjet printer. The combination of resin coated photo paper and Epson K3 UltraChrome inks yields an archival life of 165 - 300 years. This is the same printing process the Metropolitan Museum of Art's reproduction house uses for limited edition pigment prints.

Who frames my work?

In Chicago, I trust my work to Flax Art & Frame at 32 E. Adams. Not only are they super convenient, being right downtown - they bring years of experience to each project. Store manager Dana Fisher (CPF) builds custom frames on-site, using acid-free, archival materials and conservation techniques. She knows that the life of a print is determined by the materials surrounding it. She also knows my clients want to preserve their investment for as long as possible. In turn, Dana guarantees her work for life.

$50 & $75 Archival Frames

Flax is offering my clients a great deal:

Purchase a small rectangular print (sizes vary), and Flax will frame it for you in an archival, wooden 16" x 20" frame (UV glass + acid-free mat) for $50.


Purchase a small square print (15" x 15"), they'll frame it for you in an archival, metal 20" x 20" frame (UV glass + acid-free mat) for $75.

These are pre-built, ready-made frames with custom cut mats. There are limited choices for color and style. If you'd like to know exactly what options are available, you can call Dana directly at 312-431-9588. Otherwise, contact me and I'll be happy to meet with you at Flax to see the frames in person.

You'll help me select the frame?

Absolutely - as the artist, I can bring ideas that ensure the print is complimented by the frame. My best advertising is a print that looks great on the wall, so I make myself available for consultation whenever my clients select a frame. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment to discuss framing options, contact me directly.