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Remains of Hinges

Works on paper, prints, and photographs are often attached to a mat with paper hinges and a chemically neutral, non-staining, and permanent adhesive. Each hinge is attached to the piece and the back board, allowing easy removal from the board should the necessity arise. 


An item that has been repurposed no longer performs its original function, and retains only aesthetic value.

Requires Cleaning

An item requires cleaning if there is an accumulation of unrelated matter on its surface (e.g., dirt, dust, grime, fungus, mold, wax).


The process of halting the decay of a work of art and/or returning it to its original state.

Rippled Paper

When environmental influences cause disruptions, ridges, or buckling of paper.