Thursday, February 27, 2014

Framing the puzzle prints

Framing dilemmas

So how does an artist frame the monumental puzzle prints?
I have been framing the puzzle prints for our upcoming show at the Sahara West Library Art Gallery from March 13th to May 4th 2014 entitled In Perfect Harmony, courtesy of the Las Vegas/Clark County Library District. And I mean ALL the puzzle prints and ALL the puzzle blocks! Twenty eight delicious pieces in all, representing over 400 artists from all over the world. Amazing.

Anyway, where was I? Oh yes, framing dilemmas. First decision was to frame each panel separately in order to avoid having to pay dearly for huge unwieldy frames and huge unwieldy foam-board pieces and acrylic for backing and glazing.
Second decision was how to frame them. After exploring several possibilities such as borderless framing clips, wire corners (similar but home-made) and canvas frames. I purchased samples of each and found them not quite appropriate so I decided on simple line standard metal frames.
However I did not want a "border" interfering with the visual of the overall designs, so I explored the offerings in the Nielsen frames line and found a simple minimal metal frame in black, white, silver and German silver tones.
Again, I purchased one of each and placed the frames against the prints. The slightly off-white paper blended perfectly with the warm tones of the German silver frame!

Print on acid-free black foamboard backing
Nielsen German Silver frame ready to be assembled

Since there is no mat, I used a variation of the standard T-hinge
with the hinge folding over the backing board
Back of the board with linen-tape hinge being folded and adhered

Fast forward about 5 days here are all the prints all dressed up and ready for their outing. Next I tackle the blocks!
The very first puzzle print

14 prints ready to party!

This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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