Thursday, March 26, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Most of what has come through are variations on the iconic Shepard Fairey poster. My first client arrived in the shop with one last August, even before Obama was the official Democratic Nominee. I thought nothing of it at the time, I didn't even photograph it, I just thought it was a cool image by a great street artist. Evidently that original first-pressing is worth some serious coin, now.
Here are some more recent incarnations:
And I have also been privileged to frame an original portrait.
I began my framing career during Clinton's second term, and I can tell you that I have seen more Presidential images in the past 6 months than I have seen collectively in the ten years prior.
I went through my photo archives and all I could come up with for any previous President was this collage I did for an attendee of a White House Hanukkah Dinner Party. She took a guest towel from the rest room (lower right).
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have been framing on Pine Street for over 2 years now and have seen dozens of historical Philadelphia maps come through the shop. I have grown to really appreciate them independent of any cartographic knowledge and shamefully limited study of city history. Fortunately, my clients are very well informed and articulate and friendly (not to mention stylish and fascinating ;)! I have learned much through them, and recently this book has been suggested to me and is in my Amazon cart as I type. I look forward to furthering my knowledge on antique maps and doing subsequent blogs on the topic.
All the maps here are large format uploads, so clicking on them will greatly increase their size.
These are two of my favorites. You'll note they are very similar. They are unusual in orientation (West is at the top, North is right), and they both have gorgeous botanical motif borders, though the borders are not identical. They are both hand-colored with various effects.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
But first, the fever took hold when my toddler and I made bunches of construction paper flowers together. They adorn my dining room table at home and have made their way to the shop as well. Just in time for the Flower Show and a new window display. Just anticipating the milder weather inspired me to change up the coif a bit, too.
And because my mood is so great, I am now compelled to reveal simple mounting secrets to the DIY crowd as a public service. I am doing this because I see a lot of talented struggling artists trying to make money in this town, and attempting their own framing to conserve funds. To see art handled improperly makes me weep. Truly. And also, I think of families struggling to get their treasured photos into an Ikea frame and and doing more harm than good. A brief tutorial is the least I can do in these uncertain economic times.
- Mounting 101
In general, a framer's job is to do no harm. Wherever possible, no adhesive should be used on any sort of art. Here's how this is accomplished using acid-free photo corners.
This is a technique that can be used if your art has margins that extend 1/2" or so beyond the image. Center art on the backing board and get it as flat as possible, using a weight if necessary. Slip photo corners onto each of the four corners and press firmly to adhere.
Apply acid-free double-sided tape, here shown being applied by a special gun, (but craft stores carry inexpensive disposable ones for the home framer) around all four sides close to the image on the backing board. Lay mat on top of the art, position into place and press firmly to adhere. And mounting is really as easy as that in an ideal situation.
Here's how it should be done when you don't have 1/2" wide margins to work with. Here, the client wants to show the margin around the image, so if photo corners were used then they would show under the mat. As before center the art on the backing board. Place a piece of single-sided acid free tape under one of the top two corners, only allow 1/8" tape onto the back of the art. Next, put a second piece of tape across the first, forming a "T." This is called a T-hinge and you'll need 2 of them. Just at the top two corners.
Clean glass and fit mat package into frame. Readymade frames usually have flex-tabs that bend to hold the art in place. On the back of the wood frame (metal frames have an entirely different fitting procedure) run a line of the same double-sided tape near the edge of the moulding. Lay kraft paper (ours is fancy black paper at the shop) neatly over the frame and crease. Trim excess with a razor blade. This will give you a professional-looking dustcover on the back and prevent the casual insect passer-by from entering at will. Apply hanging hardware and you're done!
The art here is a silver gelatin print by great Philly photographer, JD Dragan.