We provide archival sleeves and/or sheets that keep your print safe from dust, moisture and other nasties. To avoid damage to your print, keep it protected by this sleeve/sheet until it is framed.
Try to keep handling to an absolute minimum. If you must handle your print, try to do so only by the edges/handling margin. Always avoid touching the printed area, as fingerprints can leave a mark.
Use two hands to support your print so that it doesn’t bend. A crease in the print will be permanent.
Don’t use your hands to wipe off any dust, as this can scratch the printed area. Never blow on the print to remove dust - even the tiniest amount of moisture can affect the paper. If necessary you (or your framer) can use compressed air for dust removal.
Never place the print print-side-down on any surface. This can cause permanent scuff marks.
Keep your print away from direct bright light and humid environments (even after framing).
Large prints will arrive rolled. If you will be framing your print, hand it to your framer in the original package - hard as it is to resist the urge to unwrap it! If you must unroll your prints, follow the below instructions.
- Find a flat, clean surface. Ideally wear cotton gloves; next best is food-grade latex. If going nude, ensure your hands are clean and dry.
- Slide the paper band off your print and dispose of it. Don’t unpick the tape - you don’t want any adhesive near your print.
- Using two hands, unroll the print and place it print-side-up on the flat surface. Leave the archival sheeting on - reposition if necessary.
- With the sheeting protecting the printed area, place a few smooth, flat, heavy objects on the ends of the print (books are ideal!) Leave them there for a few hours.
- Remove objects and if your print is still not flat, replace and leave for another couple of hours.
Very important: never roll the print in the opposite direction. This will damage the paper and the pigment.
If you need to re-rolling your print, always roll it so the printed side faces out (as it was initially rolled). This follows the natural curl of the paper.