Displaying Prints

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  • Stephen DesRoches
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    on: May 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

    I’m curious what others would suggest for temporary and simple print hanging displays. Does the hanging system seen in Kevin Raber’s videos (screenshot attached) leave claw marks into the paper?

     

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    Reply #1 on: May 10, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    No, they do not have any texture to leave marks.  These are very cool frames and I have had to put the manufacture of these on hold due to losing all workshop income for the rest of the year.  Is anyone interested in an investment/partnership?

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    Jim Kasson
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    Reply #2 on: May 11, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Here’s what I do. I pulled one of the pictures partway out so you can see how the frame works. It’s just glued and polished Lucite. I got these frames about 35 years ago at KSP in Palo Alto. Gosh, that was a good store.

     

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    Reply #3 on: May 11, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    They are pretty cool.  Wonder if we could make them today.  Any idea who manufactured them?

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    Stephen DesRoches
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    Reply #4 on: May 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Kevin: That’s unfortunate…

    Jim: Nice. Those look quick to use and update prints regularly.

    Has anyone considered magnetic wall paint and tacking prints up that way?

    Jim Kasson
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    Reply #5 on: May 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Any idea who manufactured them?

    Sorry, no. The company was in San Francisco, and it was small.

    Not as elegant, but maybe look at foldover frames?

    https://www.displays2go.com/C-26778/Plexiglass-Wall-Frames-Plastic-Fold-Overs-for-Larger-Posters

    Jim

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    Hugh Sakols
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    Reply #6 on: May 14, 2020 at 9:15 am

     

    Jim, When my parents lived in Palo Alto, I would spend quite a bit of time at Keeble and Shuchat Photography, and I always enjoyed looking at the displays upstairs.  It was quite sad when they closed.  Also, going to Bear Images was a treat and the staff was quite friendly.

     

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    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #7 on: May 14, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    K&S was a great store.  Bear Images was a fun place to visit.  It was a pretty messy place but they always knew where things were.

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    Stephen DesRoches
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    Reply #8 on: May 14, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    It’s not the nice black finish Kevin is using but these look relatively similar https://www.picturehangingsystems.ca/stas-poster-strips

    Andy Gawthrope
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    Reply #9 on: June 13, 2020 at 7:27 am

    Stephen, I’m using those poster-strips here and they work well despite being expensive for what you get 🙁

    More recently I’ve found a company here in the UK who does an almost identical product at a much cheaper price. 🙂

    Andy

     

     

    Daniel Koretz
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    Reply #10 on: August 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    No, they do not have any texture to leave marks. These are very cool frames and I have had to put the manufacture of these on hold due to losing all workshop income for the rest of the year. Is anyone interested in an investment/partnership?

    Not sure I understand. Does this mean that you had them specially made for you?

    I had been looking for something like this because framing can be prohibitive for a moderate-sized exhibit.

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #11 on: August 5, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Yes,

    I had them made by a carpentry friend.  I was going to manufacture a bunch to sell but then COVID hit.  Without workshops to supplement my income I am watching my dollars. I am always willing to talk to an investment-minded person.  I think these would sell really well.  Email me if interested.

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    Elliot Puritz
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    Reply #12 on: September 11, 2020 at 11:25 pm

    These were a wonderful series of suggestions for framing.

    Might I ask another question?

    I am exploring the use of Awagami washi paper and am quite taken with the very unique texture of the paper and the interesting artistic interpretations that are possible.  However, the issue of framing and exhibiting is becoming an issue.  Prints on thin washi are about the texture of the paper as well as the subject of the print….and thus I expect to use no glazing.  Moreover, one can increase the appreciation of the print and the paper texture by taking advantage of light which is transmitted through the front of the paper and then back through the back of the paper to the observer, i.e., the light is bounced back through the paper to the eyes of the observer.  A potential problem with using lucite or similar is that light coming through the back of the paper can be “colored” by the paint on the wall upon which the print is exhibited…and thus unwanted color shifts can occur.  One might be able to find a stand alone acrylic frame in which prints can be rotated and lit by LEDs.  However, my desire is to craft a solution in which the print can be mounted into a frame and the frame configured so that the image stands away from the back of the foam board, i.e., light will be reflected back from the foam board which will be a neutral white through the paper to the eyes of the observer.  I wonder if any of the creative “framers” on this forum might have faced a similar issue and if so if they have crafted a reasonably priced solution.  I have a tentative solution in progress, but before proceeding perhaps someone here can help.

    Many thanks.

    Kevin Raber
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    Reply #13 on: September 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I’d have to see the thinness of the paper.  I use a rice paper that Epson once made.  You print it on the printer and peel the backing off and the paper is like parchment.  I make a wood frame, take archival print glue and put glue on a side of the frame.  With the frame on a table face down I position the frame on top.  I put weight on the frame and allow it to dry.  Then I take a damp paper towel and rub it over the front of the print.  The paper shrinks slightly as it dries and then becomes tight.  Then I display the print in a window or someplace with backlighting to allow the light to enhance the makeup of the photo.

     

    Here’s a video that might help. . ..  https://youtu.be/XGqBIVx-Q-4

    Kevin Raber
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    Elliot Puritz
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    Reply #14 on: September 12, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks Kevin…a great hint.

    Versus the paper in the video, Unyru ( the paper with the very interesting fibers in the paper ) is a bit thicker as is Kozo Thin White, but Awagami still makes double layered paper than can be peeled after printing resulting in a very thin piece of paper similar to the paper referenced in the video

    For the time being I think I will mat the Unyru print using a window with a mat color that is appropriate to the colors in the print, mount the print to the back of the mat using archival tape and then the mat to the back of the frame….no backing and no glazing…thus the print will be “matted and framed” but open in the back in a similar manner to the video.  Light will be able to pass through the back of the print.

     

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