My two cents: in literally 6 of the last
shows I have juried into, the framing has been required to be black, thus I have
bit the bullet and started framing my work in black wood, considerably more
expensive than the framingsupplies.com old world pewter--which was me who
recommended it in the first place as it looks perfect with gum. I also
think it looks pretty much perfect with anything including cyanotype, and I use
a Bainbridge white elephant (mildly off white mat), but I have seen cyanos look
lovely in a white wood frame as well as that whitewashed wood look.
My crit of the metal frames is the edges are so
darn sharp and don't always fit tight together, but it is still my frame of
choice for the 24x20 gums I make if I can get by with it. The black wood frames
(I use "Tribeca") are gorgeous but a bit traditional and funerary for my tastes
in general, tho very elegant at times.
If you want to have a laugh, go to a museum that
carries old photographs and look at the framing and the matting and you will be
shocked at how gosh-awful a lot of them are. I remember going to one APIS
conference gallery show with an APIS attendee and he spent all his time
inspecting frames at the galleries and museums he said, just to get
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Sent: Monday, October 13, 2008 11:33
Subject: Re: Frame color for
I never use black frames, either, and I also didn't read that fine print!
Fortunately, I'd used a fairly dark wood anyway, so she didn't change it
out-- but when I was there, she did say that several people had missed that
fine print. :)
I agree about the cherry wood frames-- they tend to go well with
everything--even straight color prints--surprisingly.
Thanks for the tip about Ikea.
On Oct 13, 2008, at 1:25 PM, francis schanberger wrote:
Carole & Katherine,
I print traditional cyano, Ware
Cyano and VDB. I prefer a hardwood frame like dark walnut, cherry and lately
a stained birch from IKEA. A contemporary white painted hardwood frame
also looks great.
I have not framed my work in a black frame for
ages. I forgot to read the fine print for a recent Tilt gallery (http://www.tiltgallery.com
exhibition recently and sent them a my VDB in a walnut frame instead of the
black. Melanie (Craven) had to paint it black.
On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 1:01 PM, Katharine Thayer
Carole, I was sort of waiting for someone who prints cyanotype to jump in
here, since I don't. But I do often print monochrome gum prints in
Prussian blue, which is essentially the same compound that makes up a
cyanotype; these prints are often mistaken for cyanotypes, and I find the
pewter-colored frames as compatible with that color as with other colors
of gum. But I'm a little confused; I'm probably not the one who
recommended the particular frame you list, since I've always used American
Frame's aluminum frame which while it is definitely a pewter-ish color, is
listed as "German silver." So I don't know if the pewter-colored
frame you mention is the same color as the frames I use.
that's helpful, but it's the best I can do. I'll take my name off
the subject line and maybe someone who has a favorite frame color for
cyanotype will chime in and offer a helpful suggestion. Good
On Oct 12, 2008, at 2:33 PM, email@example.com
A while ago you recommended framingsupplies.com's aluminum frame "Old World
Pewter" color #23 style 85 for alt prints. It is the perfect color for
me for gum and vandyke and I have been using them exclusively. However,
cyanotype just doesn't work with it, especially when I use a non-white .
. more like eggshell paper. I find black too harsh and silver looks
ridiculous. Any suggestions?
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