Reframing Past Work
Reframing Past Textile Artwork
Yes, I do reframe my work. At the end of each winter season of art festivals they must all be cleaned and part of the process is reframing past work. I take out the glass, make sure dust has not entered the frame, clean and sometimes wax the wood frames. I go over the artwork and make sure all is well. In a few cases I removed the textile art from the mounting, remounted or even recut the piece to fit in a smaller frame … because I feel the landscape is distracting and that is the only way of deleting it. In effect, I cropped the picture … but it is not always that simple.
Especially because my work is textile, it requires some thought to its care when it is exposed to outside elements at art festivals. I am sure any media displayed at art festivals is subjected to brutal conditions never endured when hanging in someone’s living room. Thus, I doubt reframing past work is unique to me.
This project is a good time to look at new framing materials, the glass I use and whether I should “go without glass.” I like glass over my textile art pieces but it is quite expensive. Even though I use the best glass on the market for clarity, there is something lost when not just having the textile in the open. I like to use mats with my art to extend its reach and provide a frame for my work. Typical paper mats won’t hold up in the open. I experimented with, and now use, canvas covered mats that I paint with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. They are firm, provide a barrier from the art to the frame and, I believe, add to the feeling of the textile piece.
I will only do this to certain works; those where the landscape or textile image has been painted with acrylics, such as “Lakeside Florida” pictured here.
Changing my mind
I am not reframing work just to take away the glass. Sometimes, the textile work just needs a different frame. After all … I have been staring at it all day in art festivals and often rethink my work. Of course, this could drive me nutty if I rethink everything at every show. I try not to get too caught up in that, but while I have things apart, it is a good time to take action.
Fit with a new body of work
Don’t be surprised to see my work “change its clothes” when I begin a new season. Sometimes the framing and matting of a body of work was chosen to unify a theme. Then, as pieces get sold, I may have a couple works at the end of the season. To bring them into a new body of work (if possible), I may need to remat and reframe the pieces.
Out of Body Experiences
Once in awhile I make something totally alien to my nature and wildlife body of work.
Here, Playful Angel, was created because I love Christmas.
Made December 2018, it started with a few thumbnail sketches where I imagined a young girl backstage after dressing for a church Christmas play. I still have “Playful Angel” which has been recently reframed and will be included at a November art festival near Tampa.
There were other “out of body of work” textile pieces over the years; most were commissions I was requested to make as special work. I enjoy the challenge of working away from leaves, trees and ponds on occasion but I always drift back to what brought me to create this textile work in the first place.
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