Be informed on how various environments can affect your artwork. Understand the different issues to keep your work in the best condition.
Paper is sensitive to its surroundings and can be affected by changes in temperature, damp, humidity and exposure to light. For best longevity protect framed and dry mounted prints from direct sunlight.
Try to avoid south facing windows and use ultraviolet (UV) filtering glass for framing valuable artwork than cannot be reproduced.
High humidity environments should be avoided as humidity increases the deterioration of paper and materials increases the potential risk of damage from mould and pests. A humidity fluctuation creates tension across the surface of the artwork and mount board causing undulations and ripple effect.
It is best to not hang artwork directly against the interior of the outside wall that is affected by damp as mould can build up inside the frame and also affect the paper edges of dry mounted artwork.
It should be noted that if you see an artwork degrading through yellowing it has something to do with storage conditions and environment.
If you would like to speak to one of our team members about how the hanging environment affects your artwork, please call us today or come into the studio in Shoreditch.