Getting your work framed, the issue of a lifetime. Balancing between looks and price is pretty challenging 😉 I’ve had some of my works framed by a professional frame maker but to frame lots of work it’s just too expensive. It’s not that the frame maker is too expensive, I just can’t afford it. One or two is not a problem but when talking about 10 the price tag suddenly gets a lot more revolting.
So I decided to buy some decent frames from a local artist shop only they came blank. The black version was twice the price so the choice was very simple; buy blank and paint myself.
All I have to do is wait for the passe-partouts to arrive, cut them and frame the work. By now it has all been printed and toned. Selenium in a large tray really really smells BAD! Even with the ventilation on it smelled downright awful at times. Dilution was 1+4 and left them in for about 3 minutes until they were fully colored. I didn’t like the split-toning with these images. I’ll scan a toned and untoned image somewhere this weekend to show the difference in color and contrast.
When I put the photo in the tray with toner they first turn very dark. It almost seems as if the darker parts in the image go black without detail and then, after about a minute or so, you see the image clearing. Whites bleach out a little (keep that in mind when printing!) and the dark parts come back to life with all the detail. And after about 1 minute the color really starts to kick in. It takes a bit but in the end it happens pretty fast. Snatching them in time from the toning bath is pretty vital if you don’t want that full coloration to kick in. With these papers you have to be pretty quick for split toning (my Ilford MGW.1K is much slower and less sensitive with this). Keep the dilution very low and the time very short. With the larger paper it did seem to give you more time though, with the smaller ones it seemed like I hardly had any time to snatch them in time for a split tone to remain.
Anyway, that was about it for today I guess…off to some well-deserved couch surfing 😉
So, today I picked up the framed plate from the frame maker…wow…it is really beautiful!!! I’m not going to say much about it, just post some photos where I hope you can see what happened and how marvelous it looks! Forgive me, again I was too lazy to use a pola-filter..
Let me know what you think of it but I hope you’ll like it!
Tomorrow I’ll hopefully finish the Barth-presentation and will post that as well. Looking forward to see the two presentations next to each other but this one rocks already for sure!
So, I did manage to find some time to and make the photos and publish them on here. This presentation is totally different than anything I’ve thought of before, only that my exam work has been finished this way too though with a different backing color.
I had a company cut 4 plates of black plexi-glass (perspex?) size 28 x 34 cm (the plates are 18 x 24 cm). I used u-shaped aluminum strips to attach the glass plate to the plexi-glass plate and used those same strips again on the back to attach it the wall. I placed the glass plates exactly in the middle of the perspex plate. Here are some images (don’t pay attention to the filth; didn’t have space to clean the plates today):
I actually like this quite a lot AND it was not that expensive either 😉 Anyway, off to start packing for France!!
Update 8 June 2010:
As requested a photo of the front, how the viewer will see them:
Side note: the photo has been taken outside with the plate flat on the ground. The kind of stains you see are the reflections of clouds in the plate etc. I was too lazy to use a pola-filter so forgive me 😉
So, considering recent events I decided to put money where my mouth is and went to a professional frame maker. What I had in mind was the following: The glass plate mounted with double-adhesive tape unto a backing board which is of the same material and color as the mat used on top. The mat used will be 1 centimeter bigger on all sides along the plate and the color is antique white or off-white. The outer size of the frame will be 40×50 cm. The frame I’d like to have in black and made of wood. On top of that I would like the plate to be deeper than the glass plate covering the image to create a sort of depth.
The person at the framing shop came up with a different idea namely: also a deeper frame so that you create a distance between the image and the glass plate protecting the work but working with a black mat. He felt the white mat would draw the attention away from the photo. He could be right about that. I decided it to be best if he chose the matching frame and mats for my photo as he has a better and different view on it than I have. It should be ready by the end of the week and I’m looking forward!!
Secondly I bought a wooden 40×50 frame from Barth and have off-white mats being made by the frame shop so I can make what I had in mind when I started this journey a couple of days ago. The possibilities are endless and this way I get to see 2 options which might help me further.
For the presentation of my exhibition with Vleugels & Teugels opening this Friday I created a different presentation as I was seriously lacking time. It looks good though and if I get the chance I’ll post some photos tomorrow….Bièvres is getting closer, also Friday, and I’m running out of time 😉
Having reached the first exhibition with my wet plate work finding a proper way of presenting them was the next logical step. A few things crossed my mind. One idea stood out and I bought all the necessary materials. The plan was to make a wooden frame of 24×30 with a wooden back. On that back I’d make 4 pillars on which the photo was put so it was somewhat floating in the middle of the frame (baklijst in Dutch). I would spray the frame in black. Bart (because he’s much more handy than I am ;-)) made a “prototype” which I unfortunately did not like at all. It looked a tad too simple and too home-made so the idea went in the trash.
Then we went to Paris and saw the presentation of Quinn which I immediately loved. I hate to copycat but what’s original about framing anyway… at least, when you want the photo to get all the attention instead of the framing itself. So I bought 40 frames of 30×40, 40 passe-partouts and some black velvet to put behind the plate to “fill” the gap between the plate and its passe-partout. It’s the most richest black I could think of and thought it to match very well, also giving a bit of an authentic look (old-fashioned is meant by that ;-)) I made an example and knew that was the way we we’re gonna do it.
Holes were drilled in the back of the frame through which the wires went to hold the plate (see photo in a bit). Quite a shitty job as the wire was too sturdy really to get it done without killing your hands but…they’re all done now! I just have to put some nice paper over the back to make it look nicer and stop you from ripping open your hands when accidentally wiping the back. Anyway, here’s what it looks like and I’m quite proud of it though next time I’d loose the velvety stuff and put a white paper behind it in the same color and structure of the passe-partouts and leaving the same amount of space between the plate and the passe-partout on the left /right as on the bottom and upper side.
Oh, extra detail; there’s no glass in front of the plate.