To get a better understanding of how my layout and frames will look, I have created a floor plan of our studio turned exhibition space on ‘The Sims’. Though it isn’t exactly size accurate, it still adequately shows the space and allows us as a year group to visualise our art work on the wall evenly.
Ideally, my space to be in the studio 2 space along the left side of the wall. I like this space most because it has no windows and therefore my frames won’t have any glare on them and visitors will be able to see my pictures better and in more even lighting. Last year when we did our second year exhibition, Exposure at The Old Fire Station Arts Centre, my room had 2 large windows which caused a great deal or glare and limited peoples viewing options when looking at my work. This time I want my images completely un-disrupted by ambient light so the focus is all about the images.
For the frames themselves I want to display them semi-traditionally in simple frames but also to make them a little different, I want to wrap them in wool. So although they may fit conventions of size and shape, the frames is what will invite the viewer into the picture by bringing some of what I have created into reality.
In theory this sounds relatively easy, but I’ve had a couple of practices covering frames in wool and as you can see on the above image, there is bunching that occurs in the corners. This stops the image and back support from sitting right in the frame, and with the addition of glass it would be unstable. I had a brief tutorial to ask one of my lecturers about how to solve this dilemma and have a few potential solutions. Firstly that I cover all of the sides with wool, but leave the corners blank. Before I cover them I will need to unpick some wool so it becomes threads and PVA glue them to the frame. Then I could just cut layers of wool over the corners. This is the method most likely to work, but it’ll need some practice and sticky PVA glue can be messy. The other alternative would be to sew tubes of knit around the frames, but this would require more skilful techniques than I am capable of, but it’s always good to have a back up plan should the first option fail. I will add some images in a few weeks when I have time to practice these framing techniques.
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