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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR PRINT

UNPACKING 

Prints are delicate and should be manipulate as little as possible. We would advice to go directly to your framer so he or she can unpack the print for you.

If you want to unpack it yourself or have to store it for a long time, here is how to proceed.

1/ Make sure you operate on a flat, clean and dry surface measuring at least +20 cm the size of your print so you can unroll it easily. Ideally, wear cotton gloves.

2/ Take off one of the top cap of the tube and the tissue paper, and extract the rolled print.

3/ Unfold the borders of the wrapping that are inserted in the roll.

4/ Place the tapes in front of you. Starting by the edges and finishing by the center, take off the tapes and let the print slowly unroll.

If you plan to store your print, it can be stored as is.

5/ Remove gently tapes on one side of the front to unveil the print. While doing so, be careful to pull from center to edge to avoid pulling on the angles of the print.

STORAGE AND DISPLAY

Prints are sensitive to light, moist, but also to acid. Contact with acid materials (most of the cardboards and papers that are not advertised as "acid-free") will slowly attack the print and lead to its yellowing and weakening on the long term. 

Keep them wrapped in their tissue paper, and always store them flat in a dry place, within a hard protection. The ideal is a acid-free cardboard portfolio (archival quality). 

When in display, keep your print away from humid environment and from direct sunlight.

FRAMING

Framing offers many possibilities that you should discuss with your framer to determine what is best for you.

However, we advise to frame prints using thick inks (lithograph, engraving, Marinoni prints) in a float mount framing in order to avoid a direct contact of the ink to the glass. This kind of framing also gives very nice results with print that have fringed edges.

We also strongly advice against standard pre-made frames that can be bought in stores. The background is usually an acid material that could damage permanently your print on the long term.

If you plan to install your print in a luminous emplacement, a polarized glass will insure the durability of your print.