This week I didn’t finish any new work. I spent most of my time on framing instead.
Part of the reason it took all week is that I had more than the usual number of distractions — doctor’s appointments, a funeral, etc. Another part is that I don’t have much practice doing this yet, especially with cutting mat board. I’ve seen the videos where professionals cut a window mat in about 90 seconds but it takes me 15 minutes. The final reason is my hesitancy to take a knife to costly museum board, but I only ruined one mat in seven tries.
For the most part I do my own framing. I used a professional framer twice; the results were beautiful and garnered lots of compliments. Still, the only piece I’ve sold so far was one I framed myself. (I know … sample size of one!) I have a rule in mind: every time a professionally framed piece sells, I’ll spring for two more. If framing adds to salability, in no time I’ll be having all my work professionally framed. If not, then I keep doing it myself. I do want to keep my local framer in business, but in the meantime it’s one more cost I can’t afford.
The work I’m framing now is my Ribbon series. I hope to display it at Lower Bucks Hospital from December through February. This is a series of six 5″ x 7″ collages using found papers (from the Princeton Alumni Weekly, Nature Conservancy magazine, and Coldwater Creek catalogs) on canvas board. I cut double mats from Rissing museum board with an exacto knife, and splurged on new frames, albeit inexpensive ones, instead of thrift shop finds to give the series a unified appearance.