Doing final prep work for my exhibit…oh, maybe I haven’t mentioned it here, yet. I will be the featured artist for the month of August at Pentamere Winery here in Tecumseh. I’m adding a lot of work on canvas rather than just hanging textile work and that presents some technical challenges. While I enjoy a challenge, I don’t want my efforts to look anything less than professional, so I’m working hard on the finishing details.
I have mounted some pieces on painted canvas–those are the easy ones. Just need to decide how to finish the back, with paper or fabric of some kind. I looked for scrim and the people at JoAnn’s didn’t know what it was. It’s not really common, though, is it? All right, I’ll tell you–it’s the thin, usually black, fabric that you see on the bottom of furniture or in a theater backdrop. Possible alternatives are felt, interfacing and plain black broadcloth.
Some of my pieces are more problematical, however. I have mounted them first on a quilted background and then put them on stretcher strips. That makes a much bulkier strip of stapled fabric on the back of the frame. Paper just won’t cover that neatly.
Scrim would be nice and the other alternatives would probably work just as well, also. I also had a suggestion to hot glue a strip of grosgrain ribbon around that edge and not cover the whole back. Not sure which way I’ll go, but I can hear the tick, tick, tick of the deadline approaching.
I have a few quick (bad) snaps of my favorites so far. Asking an artist which piece is her favorite is not quite as bad as asking a parent which child is the favorite, but it’s pretty hard to pick.
Which brings up one more chore to add to the list…take good pictures of these pieces and get them on to my gallery pages! Yikes!
I’m also joining a co-op gallery here in town. The Black Door Gallery is expanding from it’s original location and adding space right next to Pentamere…convenient for me, right? I’m planning on my regular hanging textile work for the beginning, but I need to decide which piece(s) go where. My latest piece will be in the Ann Arbor Quilt Guild show the last weekend of the month. I want that piece in one of these two venues, but the timing will probably be better for the gallery.
Mounting the pieces–almost finished.
Backing decisions and getting it done–tick, tick, tick…
Labels–need to measure everything to mark sizes and titles and get them attached, as well as labels for the walls at Pentamere, with the prices.
And then there’s the project that’s due Aug. 1 for Women that Broke All the Rules…tick, tick, tick…
These details could just finish me off!!!