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  • Paper Conservation at Paradise Framing

    Paradise Framing is not just dedicated to the protection of artwork through high-quality framing, we also offer in-house paper conservation services. Works on paper are particularly vulnerable to damage from inappropriate framing, display, and storage conditions. Conservation services can improve the appearance of an artwork and extend its lifespan for generations of enjoyment. Madison Brockman and Nicole Alvarado, Conservation Coordinators at Paradise Framing, specialize in the conservation of works of art on paper including prints, drawings, documents and ephemera, photographs, and books. They hold Master’s degrees from the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation and SUNY Buffalo State and have worked in many prestigious California institutions. Contact us for a treatment consultation.

    What We Do

    Conservation treatment is charged at $175 per hour, with a nonrefundable $100 documentation fee that covers all assessment, photography, and report writing. Our conservation staff can assist you with many issues and treatments common to works of art on paper.

    In-house conservation services include:

    • I. Close examination of the artwork and its condition issues in need of repair
    • II. Documentation of every artwork before and after treatment
    • III. Identification of media, print process, or artwork materials and techniques
    • IV. Treatment to address many common concerns, including:
      • A. Surface cleaning of dirt and debris
      • B. Mending of tears and other physical stabilization
      • C. Washing to reduce overall discoloration and restore flexibility to the paper support
      • D. Bathing in carefully-calibrated aqueous solutions to target severe discoloration
      • E. Local treatment to reduce stains from water and tape
      • F. Removal of attachments and previous restorations
      • G. Humidification and flattening to reduce wrinkles and undulations
    • V. Humidification and flattening to reduce wrinkles and undulations

    Each treatment varies in length and will depend on the condition of the artwork and extent of intervention required – contact us for a consultation and estimate.

    Meet Our Conservators

    Our conservators specialize in the treatment of works on paper including fine art prints, drawings, and photographs as well as paper objects of significant sentimental value such as heirloom books, family photographs and letters. All of our conservators have extensive academic and professional training and work in local institutions such as LACMA and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.