Archival and Environmental Standards

/Archival and Environmental Standards
Archival and Environmental Standards 2017-05-19T17:12:16+00:00

Archivability

Innova fine art papers are all pH neutral, acid and lignin free, archival quality. They are made from the highest quality raw materials.
Our papers have been tested for UV resistance and longevity on the blue wool scale, as specified by the UK Fine Art Trade Guild., and a selection of our FibaPrint® Range has been tested at FOGRA in Europe. If you would like to see the test results, please contact your local Innova office.

Fine Art Trade Guild Standards for Limited Edition Prints.

The purpose of the Guild Print Standards is to protect the interests of consumers and maintain confidence in the art and framing industry. Artists, publishers and fine art printers are encouraged to promote their high production standards and the integrity of their limited editions.

Key requirements

  • Lightfastness of finished print – results of 6 or more on the Blue Wool Scale in all areas of the print – or its equivalent under empirical test conditions.
  • Guild standard pH for substrate of 7-9, amended September 2002 to pH 7-10
  • Minimum weight of substrate of 250gsm.

Testing Standards
Standards for blue wool testing are defined by:
ASTM D5383-97
Standard Practice for Visual Determination of the Lightfastness of Art Materials by Art Technologists
Results Blue Wool 6 = 100 years display life

Blue Wool Scale
Measures and calibrates the permanence of prints. Two identical test prints are created. A calibrated blue wool test strip is masked (1/2). The strip and one test print are placed under xenon lamps in accordance with the test standards. The other print is stored in the dark as a control. At various times, the test print is compared to the control print. When visible fading is evident the wool test strip is examined. The amount of fading is then measured by comparison to the original color and a rating between 0 and 8 is awarded. Zero denotes extremely poor colour fastness while an Eight rating is deemed not to have altered from the original and thus credited as being lightfast and permanent.

Blue Wool 6 is the accepted standard for limited edition prints.

BlueWool-Test_Results

Innnova Art Environmental

Environmental Statement

Innova Art is wholly committed to preserving the environment for future generations. As such we ensure that all of the materials for the base of our papers are ethically sourced, maintaining the future of the world’s natural resources. The wood pulp we use is chlorine free and originates from carefully managed, renewable forests. Many of our partners are fully FSC Chain Of Custody certified. This certification allows us to track the wood pulp used in our papers back to the original forest it was sourced from, ensuring continued support for healthy, renewable, responsibly managed forests.

 

For more details about the various types of archivability standards, and further details about what the FSC does, visit the useful links page of this site.