Are You PERPLEXED and UNCERTAIN when you enter a frame shop?
If so, Be Confident by making sure you do "PPFA Certified Framing" and know to ask for an officially certified framer. Read on and we will make it all very clear.
We see it all the time. A nice lady comes in with a piece of framed art. She wants to upgrade the mat, say. We take it apart to do that and discover details of the framing which are sure to damage her family heirloom photo. This item was framed by another shop in Boulder that has been in business longer than we have!
This lady naively accepted the nice-looking framing result from a non-certified framer. The consequence for her: needless deterioration of her art and a less than ideal artistic design. And this discovery doesn't usually occur until years later!
In Colorado it is legal to put up your shingle as a framer with or without training in good practices! Don't misunderstand -- many non-certified framers do nice work, even if it doesn't conform to conservation and art-preservation standards. We respect our competitors.
The BIG POINT is this: if you don't demand certified framing, you are not likely to get it. In Colorado caveate emptor, applies.
If the item you frame is valuable to you, then you need the conservation techniques that come from a PPFA Certified Picture Framer.
PPFA states the case as follows.
Using a PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) for all of your custom framing needs is your assurance that your most precious valuables are in the careful hands of a professional. Look for the CPF logo or the "Certified Picture Framer On Staff" sign for all your custom framing projects.
What is a Certified Picture Framer (CPF)?
A Certified Picture Framer (CPF) is a professional with the experience and knowledge necessary to properly handle all your custom framing needs. An individual with a CPF designation has been actively involved in the business of picture framing for at least one year and has passed a comprehensive written examination covering the latest materials, techniques and design theories.
What can a CPF do for you?
With a thorough knowledge of up-to-date custom framing techniques and materials, a CPF can guide you through the selection of matting, frame moulding and design to give you the best possible presentation for any framing project.
Dedicated to staying abrest of changes and advances in the technical art of custom framing, a CPF can make recommendations for protecting and preserving your artwork and valuable items.
What is PPFA?
The Professional Picture Framers Association, or PPFA, is the international trade association for the art and framing industry. PPFA works to elevate professional standards in the industry by providing advanced educational programs and encouraging the continued professional development of custom picture framers.
OFFER: We will review FREE one piece of your framed art and report to you its condition relative to certified framing standards. Call Bonnie at 303-413-9110 to schedule your review. Limit -- one piece please. Or E-mail BONNIE at this link.