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The Guild Commended Framer programme is internationally recognized as the qualification for the framing industry..


What is a Guild Commended Framer (GCF)?

  • A certified and a professional industry designation awarded by the Fine Art Trade Guild in the United Kingdom.
  • A qualified framer passing both hands-on practical and written examinations at the United Kingdom test centre.
  • Posses a thorough knowledge of up-to-date custom framing techniques, materials and design theories
  • A professional with the experience and knowledge necessary to properly handle all your custom framing needs and to ensure that the customer’s items remain in optimum condition
  • Dedicated to staying abreast of changes and advances in the technical art of custom framing and committed of a consistently high standard services.

What can a GCF Framer do for you?

  • To provide proper care for all artwork entrusted to us and to ensure they remain in optimum condition.
  • To provide basic understanding of framing techniques and materials suitable for your artwork. To advise you on the appropriate level of framing,
  • To guide and making professional recommendations for best possible presentation, appropriate use of creative and design elements, techniques, materials used and proper finishing.
  • To create frames that are structurally sound, blemish-free and show care and attention to detail

The Standard of Framing

You have a choice about how much or how little you want to safeguard your picture. There are five levels of framing for you to choose from as the following summary explains:

  • Minimum - Basic Frame, at a minimum cost

This level provides a minimum framing standard for products aimed at the low cost or temporary display market. This level suited to items of no commercial or sentimental value such as posters and open edition prints or ready made frames into which a customer may place their own item

  • Economy - A visually acceptable frame at a budget price

This level provides a better product to Level 1. Whilst cost is still a consideration, more emphasis is placed on improving the appearance of the finished product. This level is suited to items of no commercial or sentimental value such as posters, art prints and reprinted photographs. Visually pleasing but offering no long term protection.

  • Commended - To visually enhance artwork and guarantees a degree of protection

This level provides a level of protection against environmental pollutants and the effects of the degradation of framing products for a period of about 8-10 years in normal conditions. The level is suited to items of low to moderate commercial and/or sentimental value such as posters, open edition prints, photographs and some reproduction artwork with design playing an important part.

  • ConservationHelping preserve your artwork for future generation

This level provides a level of protection against environmental pollutants and the effects of the degradation of framing products for a period of about 30 years in normal conditions. The level is suited to items such as collectable works of art, limited edition prints, and items of historic and/or sentimental value. At this level all processes relating to the art must be full reversible. Ideally a Guild framer should examine frames every five years. It is the responsibility of the framer to recognize when artwork may require special treatment from specialists such as art conservators and make appropriate recommendations to the customer.

  • Museum - To visually enhance artwork and offer the ultimate level of protection

This level provides a level of protection against environmental pollutants and the effects of the degradation of framing products for a period of about 50 years in normal conditions. The level is suited to museum-quality works and artwork requiring preservation. This includes artwork of high monitory value and artwork of actual or potential historical value. At this level all processes relating to the art must be fully reversible. Ideally a Guild framer or conservator should examine frames every five years. It is the responsibility of the framer to recognize when artwork may require special treatment from specialists such as art conservators and to recommend to the customer appropriately.

 

 

by ching - Last modified 02-Feb-2010 .

 
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05-Aug-2008