Friday, May 30, 2008

Frames











I said I wouldn't post about these prints again until they were installed in the window. Ha ha. Not so fast...

I'm making these "frames" (which are really extensions of the prints) out of ripped apart corrugated cardboard boxes I found in the recycle bin in the basement of my studio building, and Duck Tape.

I'm making a vine and leaf pattern on the frames, using some old clothesline rope for the vine, and the bases of the leaves are made from cardboard sleeves I've been saving, the ones that come with my daily hot cup of tea purchased at the Art Mart next door (I knew they'd come in handy!) I cut the sleeves into quarters and hot glued them into position, then glued a heavy paper leaf onto each one. So the frame has a nice relief quality to it. I painted the frames with some old latex wall paint, and today I will repaint them with a white acrylic that matches the print paper, and I plan to print a black leaf pattern onto each white leaf. I will be cutting the frames so that there will be a square in each corner, with another image printed onto those corner pieces. This is fun - I feel like I'm designing a set piece for a play! Once again, stay tuned.

And lest you think this looks all Martha Stewarty, with my little hot glue gun sitting neatly beside my frame, here's a video that gives the whole messy picture...

5 comments:

Rob S. said...

Love the mini-tour! You've got a great view of Congress. You seem to have a knack for making cool stuff out of things that are just lying around. I wish I were that practical. Nevertheless, I think I need to make my own frames, too, due to the prohibitive cost of professional framing.

Susan Beauchemin said...

Yay! I feel like I was in your studio today!! I don't think anything you do has any resemblance to anything having to do with Martha Stewart, except for your first name. I just dropped off P, and I have the evening and night to finish my drawing, play music and dance--it will go by fast--I'd better get to work!

Susan Beauchemin said...

You already know, but I love the start of these frames! Looks like fun!!

Martha Miller said...

Hi Rob

Yes, I have a sweet view of Congress Street - and all the noise that goes with it!

Martha Miller said...

Thanks, Sue! Love your new charcoal portraits!!