At In The Picture we use museum certified 100% archival mats that come in a vast array of colours, textures and beautiful fabrics to really enhance your work. Come in and have a look at our specialty range, they are amazing!
The mats’ function is to act as protective barrier between the artwork and glass while also adding a decorative feature by allowing space around the artwork, therefore giving it room to breathe and ensuring the “real hero” is the artwork itself. Artwork placed directly under glass with no mats will end up ‘stuck’ to the glass, unless a spacer is used to lift it away from the image. This in time also causes mould.
Conservation Glass and Perspex
The glass and perspex/plexiglass we use prevents the artwork, images and borders from fading or changing colour pigmentation over time. UV glass or perspex filters 99% of artificial and natural UV light where as standard glass only filters out 46%.
1) UV CLEAR GLASS:
The most cost effective glass. Reflection is obvious with clear glass but it is good for colour, detail and clarity.
2) UV NON-REFLECTIVE GLASS:
(we only use non – reflective glass that is diffused on one side, not both sides so the artwork doesn’t go blurry and hazy.)
This glass will slightly soften the appearance of the artwork but takes out the reflection look that clear glass has.
3) UV MUSEUM GRADE GLASS:
THE BEST OF THE BEST! This top of the range glass is phenomenal! Used (as the name suggests) by museums and galleries, it is best accurately described as a UV non-reflective glass that is CLEAR! Therefore combining the best features of the 2 mentioned above. You get brilliant definition of colour, clarity and detail without the softening appearance. It almost looks invisible. MAGIC…
Perspex is what we use when we frame oversize pieces. It is tricky to clean and can scratch, but is lighter in weight than glass and offers full UV protection too.