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INTRODUCING ILFORD METAL FRAME

Some of you might have known, we do not only provide printing service, but we also provide prints archiving and presentation solutions to our clients. That is the reason why we will be distributing frame moulding profiles from reputable brands in Vietnam and international.

We proudly introduce our first exquisite frame profile:

ILFORD METAL FRAME

The frame is made of aluminium: 1cm wide face and 3.5cm deep.

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The advantages of aluminium frames:

  • Lightweight yet still strong, up to the size of 60x90cm.
  • Resistant to acid, airborne pollution.
  • Premium feel.

Available colors: Black or silver

Available framing levels: Commended, Conservation and Museum

Samples

Khung kim loại ILFORD màu đen. (Ảnh: Viên Trương)
Black ILFORD metal frame. (Photography: Viên Trương)
Khung kim loại ILFORD màu bạc. (Ảnh: Viên Trương)
Black ILFORD metal frame. (Photography: Viên Trương)
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INTRODUCING MUSEUM LEVEL FRAMING SERVICE

Museum level is one of 5 levels of framing. The 5 levels of framing indicates the aesthetic and durability of the frame. Different levels require different materials and perhaps, different techniques. The high standard craftsmanship remains the same, regardless of the framing levels.

Museum framing level – The ultimate protection for your artwork.

Objectives

Objective – To visually enhance artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection from physical and mechanical damage, airborne pollution and acids generated by framing materials for up to 35 years in normal conditions*.

Specifications

Museum framing package.
    • Frame mouldings: available options include wood or aluminium.
    • Glazing: available options include regular glass, acrylic or anti-reflection 1.5 mm Plexiglas .
    • Conservation Matboard: ILFORD matboard or other cotton rag matboard.
    • Conservation Mount board: ILFORD archival mount board.
    • Aluminium composite panel is a great material which can fight against moisture, chemical and physical harms.

    After assemble, the frame package is sealed using special LINECO frame sealing foil tape, prevent humidity, dirt and insects to get inside the frame.

    All museum frames will be labeled at the back with the following information: mounting materials, glazing material, sealing date, quality control.
The info behind each museum frame.

SAMPLES

ILFORD METAL FRAME (Black color) – museum level
ILFORD METAL FRAME (silver color) – museum level

*The term ‘normal conditions’ as used in the Guild’s standards means out of direct sunlight, within the temperature range 10°C – 25°C and relative humidity between 40% and 60%. As we are aware of not many frames can be displayed in such conditions, therefore we recommend our clients to get your frame check-up for every three years (Or in case of any damage to the frame).

**Learn more about the 5 levels of framing in this link.

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INTRODUCING CONSERVATION LEVEL FRAMING SERVICE

Conservation level is one of 5 levels of framing. The 5 levels of framing indicates the aesthetic and durability of the frame. Different levels require different materials and perhaps, different techniques. The high standard craftsmanship remains the same, regardless of the framing levels.

Conservation framing level - Helping preserve your artwork for future generations.

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INTRODUCING COMMENDED LEVEL FRAMING SERVICE

Commended level is one of 5 levels of framing. The 5 levels of framing indicates the aesthetic and durability of the frame. Different levels require different materials and perhaps, different techniques. The high standard craftsmanship remains the same, regardless of the framing levels.

Commended framing guarantees a degree of protection, with design playing an important part.

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The Five Levels Of Framing

The Five Levels of Framing provide a framework of standards for the professional picture framer as determined by the Fine Art Trade Guild. Not all framers subscribe to these standards, but doing so indicates a framer is aware of, and can apply, the materials and craftsmanship required to meet those standards and has the knowledge to ensure that your art is framed correctly.

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6 Questions to Ask a Professional Framer

It is essential you get your paintings framed to maintain their beauty, life and loveliness. Colors tend to fade if not framed properly. Mold and mildew may set in, totally ruining your art.

Framing alone does not guarantee you the best for your precious artwork. If not properly executed, wrong techniques and materials can do plenty of damage to your painting. Acids wear away the fabric and affect the pigments.

Acid burnt on an artwork . (Source: https://aiccm.org.au)

The importance of framing right cannot be overstated, especially if you have a very valuable artwork or if it’s something that has considerable sentimental value. Since the materials used, the technique employed and the craftsmanship of the framer play an important role, make sure you get your artwork framed at a reputed place.

Decide Whether You Want Your Art Framed

Digital prints can be stored in archival boxes. (Source: LINECO.com)

All art does not warranty framing. Varnished art can be displayed frameless. Watercolors, gallery wrapped art work, pastels and drawings do not require framing. Consult your framer and check what is best for your artwork.

Oil paintings on canvas also do not require framing.

There is actually no limit to what you can choose to frame. Posters, personal memorabilia like wedding signatures and children’s art, vintage scarves and even certificates and diplomas can be framed.

When taking your painting for framing there are a few questions you should definitely ask your framer to ensure you get the right results for the right price.

What to Keep in Mind When Taking Your Art for Framing

Framing is an art in itself. It plays a very important role in the overall aesthetics and longevity of your artwork.

When you take your precious possession to the framer, it helps if you know what processes and procedures are going to be involved in getting it framed.

Upping your knowledge about framing techniques will help you have an educated and rewarding discussion with your framer. Here are six questions you absolutely must ask your framer.

1. How Safe Is My Artwork at Your Store and Where Will It Get Framed?

This is an important question because the safety of your artwork cannot be compromised. If the framer has in-house framing facilities take a look around and get a first-hand idea about how they function. The person you meet in the shop would also be involved in all the activities so have a detailed discussion with him as well.

If your art is going to be shipped somewhere for custom made framing, get to know of the steps involved. Ask about the quality of workmanship, expertise and the technology and equipment used.

All prints are stored in our speciality rack at VG-Lab.All reputed framers provide insurance protection to your art, so that in the case of any inadvertent mishap you will not suffer, and will be duly compensated for your losses. Note: As Vietnam art framing is still in a very backward situation, therefore it’s not easy to find a framer who have insurance protection, but you can always arrange an insurance agreement with your framers.

2. Do You Make Use of Archival Quality Materials?

The quality of the materials used and the kind of framing techniques employed will affect the longevity and the appearance of your artwork.

The modern and scientific framing process makes use of acid-free materials especially for backing and matting purposes. Acid is the primary culprit that damages and breaks down paper and causes color pigments to fade.

Quality mats used in today’s framing techniques are 100% acid-free and made from cotton or linen rags, or from alpha-cellulose. They are completely lignin free and are considered to be of the highest quality.

LINECO conservation board is officially distributed by VG-Lab in Vietnam.

Acid-free and archival museum boards or foam boards are used for mounting. These backing boards also do not damage your artwork in any manner. You can use these mounting boards for oil paintings as well to protect the canvas.

 

3. What Is the Mounting Process Employed?

ALUBOND cold mounting at VG-Lab.

You should definitely consult with your professional framer as to what is the best mounting technique for your art. If you possess a poster or a print then dry/cold mounting will ensure it looks aesthetically pleasing, is wrinkle-free and stays flat without buckling. Dry mounting can be permanent or partially reversible. If your art work is rare and valuable, then dry mounting is an absolute no-no. It will reduce the value of your art to almost zero.

Matboard mounting at VG-Lab

Hinging (matboard mounting) is archival and of conservation quality. In this process the painting or art piece is attached to the mounting board using linen tapes or other hinging materials. Archival hinges include acid-free adhesives or Japanese paper using organic starch as adhesive.

4. What Mat Should I Choose for My Artwork?

Choosing the right mat can be painstaking and time-consuming.

A lot goes into getting your mat right. The color palette of your artwork, its size, the place where you want to hang it and the overall coordinated look you want to achieve.

Consult with your framer and get to know of the options and choices he offers before making your decision.

As stated earlier, ensure the mat used is acid-free and is ideally either an alpha-cellulose or a rag mat.

5. Which Glass Should I Go For?

Lựa chọn kính theo cấp độ chống UV mà bạn muốn.

Museum glass comparision from Tru-Vue. (Nguồn: Tru-vue.com)

The type of glass you choose depends on the level of UV and glaze protection you want.

Regular glass will suffice for most purposes. The drawback of regular glass is that it is very heavy and does not offer good UV protection. Non-glare variants offer glare protection but has a frosted appearance.

Acrylic glass, also known as Plexiglass, is a cheap and cost-efficient option. It is very light and will not shatter into dangerous splinters in case of an accident. It is available in regular and non-glare variants. Acrylic glass offers up to 60% UV protection.

Museum glass is the best option and unsurprisingly it is also very expensive. However, you may not require it unless you have a very valuable masterpiece. It offers close to 99% UV protection and is almost invisible to the naked eye.

6. How Much Will It Cost to Get the Best Frame for My Work?

Sometimes you may find that the frame costs more than the artwork itself. A $20-poster measuring 24×36 will cost a considerable amount to frame. You have to take into account the labor cost as well as the cost of materials used. Good quality backing boards and alpha-cellulose mats are expensive. A mahogany frame will cost more than a cheap plastic one. Museum glass and archival framing are also premium services.

Custom framing will give you the benefit of getting a unique and one of a kind artwork in your home. Ensure you get a complete and all-inclusive estimate before handing over your artwork.

 

Conclusion

A reputed, bankable and quality framer will be happy to answer all your questions and guide you through the various steps of the framing process. If you feel he is giving you vague answers or is not exactly sure of his workmanship, go somewhere else.

NOTE FROM VG-LAB: Because of the limitation of material suppliers, all frames were made by VG-Lab before 2019 were in commercial archival grade. From 2019, VG-Lab officially distribute LINECO products, we will be providing conservation and museum grade framing services.

 

(Original post from: http://www.amarisco.com.au/blog/6-questions-to-ask-a-professional-framer)

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VG-Lab has become ILFORD certified printing partner

VG-Lab

Hi guys,

Good news, VG-Lab has become the first ILFORD certified printing partner in Vietnam.

VG-Lab aims to provide visual artist’s in Vietnam world-class fine art printing solutions. Above of all, VG-Lab and ILFORD always want to be the names artists can rely on, when it comes to producing their artworks.

Thanks for your support.

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VG-Lab receives prestigious ArtSure certification of quality

VG-Lab proudly to announce that we have received the prestigious ArtSure certification of quality. ArtSure is the Fine Art Trade Guild’s print registration program that meets their high standard of printing, including the use of approved materials that have been independently tested for their archival properties of lightfastness and permanence.

This makes VG-Lab to become the first ArtSure approved print lab in Asia, and one of the 20 ArtSure printers in the world.
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How to prepare file for printing

Hi folks

Today, I’m going to demonstrate my workflow when it comes to prepare file for printing.

For this particular example, I will prepare a test strip 24×8 inches (or 60x20cm) ready-to-print file.

Test strips are used for the artists to compare and contrast the different papers, post-processing methods before deciding to make large prints (40x60cm and above).

Below are three steps of preparing a file

1. Choose the artworks and your desired print size

In this example, I choose to print the image below at a size of 60×90 cm.

In the image above, I have outlined the area that I thought it might lose details. So I will test out that part on an actual print.

Enlarge your image(s) in Image>Image Size – the info show up should be similar to the one below.

I choose to have a white border around the image so it’ll be framed easily. It makes the actual size of the image is slightly less than 60x90cm

Selected the area I wanted to test and copy it. Paste it on to the new file I will be creating right now.

2. Create the test strip file

File>New in Photoshop and set the size, resolution and color space as below. Or DOWNLOAD HERE

You can print up to 600 ppi in resolution. However, 300 seems like the standard for now. Plus, working in Adobe RGB or ProPhoto is recommended.

 

Paste the chosen area onto the new file.

It would look like this

Note that do not resize the layer of the chosen area, it might get pixelated or you will need to convert it to Smart Object before resizing.

Now I will fill up the blank area with the whole image itself and some other images I would like to print.

3. Export file

When I wrote “export”, what I really meant was “Save as”. Now you will need to give the print to your printer. The popular file formats are JPEG and TIFF.

In Photoshop, go to File>Save as

If JPEG, please save it as in highest setting as below

If TIFF, please save is with None compression and no layer (to reduce file size) as below

Finally you can send the file(s) to your printer now. If you print at VG-Lab, please follow this LINK to send your file(s).

NOTE:

  • Always shoot and process in Adobe RGB 1998 color space or ProPhoto RGB (16bit). Working in sRGB is a much smaller color space compared to the other two color spaces and the number of colors a camera can capture.
  • Always processing your digital images using a calibrated screen. Trust me, it’ll make your job easier when it comes to printing.

Alright, now I have presented to you guys three steps to prepare a file to print: Choose what to print and how big the print is, Create a test strip and test out your images then Export the file(s) in JPEG or TIFF.

Happy shooting and printing 🙂

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