Methods of Support - Fabrics

This seminar was written in 2013 and details those 'Methods of Support' used by Harlequin Frames to support fabric.  The seminar briefly considers errors in supporting fabrics covered in more detail in "Whats Inside - Fabrics' before explaining following five methods of support:


Pins and Foamboard.

Tight Fit.

Light Tack

Finally, the use of donor materials used by Harlequin Frames mainly to support Samplers.

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Whats Inside - Fabrics

This presentation was one of the first I did back in 2011at the Spring Fair (NEC)  I was inspired to writing this seminar after attending a presentation to an Embroidery Guild meeting by a textile conservator who highlighted those individual points that a framer should consider when framing embroidery.  Further, over a period time I had become increasingly concerned at the standard of embroidery framing and what framers hid inside the frames - an all too often issue even today and covering artwork on paper as well as embroidery.  Whilst attending an ICON workshop conservators mentioned to me that the majority of their work was as a result of poor framing.

The presentation details four examples of 'Poor Practice' including that of support, inappropriate techniques and materials and glazing.  Finally, there are three 'Case Studies' detailing some items of 'Best Practice'

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Conservation Mounting and Hinging

This seminar outlines Conservation mounting and hinging.  It covers how to construct the following:

Basic mount package comprising window and under mounts.

Overthrow Clip Mount.

Overthrow Inset Mount.

Float Mount.

Shadow Float Mount.

Further, it details the methodology of the  'T-Hinge,' 'V and Z' hinges and finally the 'Pass Through Hinge.' 

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Conservation Framing Principles

This seminar covers the conservation principles at the Fine Art Trade Guild Conservation Level of Framing. Detailing the quality of framing required to protect high value artwork and other items from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollutants and acids generated by framing materials, under normal environmental conditions. 

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