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Re: Frame color for cyanotype

Hey Judy,

I don't know-- I've never liked colored mats, either, unless they're a pale grey or very pale beige, maybe. What I would really like to do is get away from mats and frames and glazing altogether. I really like the look of prints on fabric (like-- the artist who recently had a show-- you mentioned it a while back- in NY-- she had cyanotypes printed on silk, so elegant-- hung nearly from floor to ceiling? I can't remember her name now-- she has that great website). Anyway-- I'd love to get to that point-- or do something where I don't have to mat and frame. And I'd also love to do away with glass altogether, too, as I agree that alt process prints look so much better without it (unless one can afford museum glass). I always feel so creative when I'm making my prints, and then to have to go and traditionally mat and frame them seems so unappealing. Maybe I should start making tintypes. :)


On Oct 13, 2008, at 10:12 PM, Judy Seigel wrote:

Of course, based on what I see out there in the gallery/museum world, I'm obviously in the minority in my distaste for black frames. :) I understand why those who are putting together juried shows want that, but why anybody would willingly choose black frames outside that venue, is beyond me. Looking around Jerry's Artarama, though, they seem to be plentiful and certainly cheap(er).
Do the mats have to be white? I've used black mats, also an earth- ish color mat, tho these were for solo shows when I had some freedom. But frames aside, I've also done stuff on top of black mats that messed up the black sufficiently to possibly moot the question.