Re: Need advice on storing prints.


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Posted by John Fiorillo on April 20, 1999 at 09:14:33:

In Reply to: Need advice on storing prints. posted by Philippe on April 18, 1999 at 15:16:30:

Philippe,

One standard method of storing prints out of the light is to place each print within a Japanese paper folder and store it away with others in solander or portfolio boxes. All acid-free materials, of course. One advantage is ready access to prints and fairly limited storage requirements, one disadvantage is the possibility of damaging the prints when taking them from the folder to view or putting them back for storage. The latter falls within the limited risk category, of course, and is no different from generally handling prints by hand. Other collectors prefer mounting their prints onto stiff museum board (pH neutral, acid free cotton rag) with the thought that the board will at least protect the print from creasing or tearing because it can be viewed through the window cut in the mat and does not require direct handling. Then you get into the difficulty of archival mounting requirements (like Japanese paper hinges and wheat starch paste), which would be essential for safe mounting of the print to the board.

Be very carful with plastics! PVC and acetates are not inert and give off chemical contaminants that can damage prints. Polyester (Mylar D) is inert, but it can have sharp edges and pose a threat to tearing your prints. A softer polypropylene sheet might work but it is not an accepted archival material for museum storage. Plastics can set up a static charge that can lift off looser pigments from the paper surface, such as metallics or mica that are bound to the surface with a glue binder and are not absorbed into the paper itself.

Related discussions on similar topics took place at the following sites (where the first question was followed by various threads of responses):

Ehon Preservation

Archival Folders

Hinging Japanese Prints

Hinging Japanese Prints

John



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