Getting closerrrrr

Just to be clear:

Visual Arts Awards Ceremony will be held in the Harry Hope Theater, Shafer Hall, 1-2 p.m.
Opening Reception will be in the Akus Gallery, Shafer Hall, Room 1, Lower Level, 3-6 p.m.

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Exhilerated.

Escaping the throes of intense essay-writing on this 75 degree Sunday late-afternoon, I present you a much belated update. Today was a beautiful warm day not only because of the weather, but also because I held my new niece Zoe for the first time and shared a little water works with the present five generations of beautiful women. Driving back to Windham in quite indescribable elated spirits, I stopped at my other set of grandparent’s house to borrow a TABLE which they so graciously let me take for this project. It’s exactly what I had in mind. I am nearly finished my 14-page paper from purgatory and I feel I can finally relieve you all of some suspense. Here are some recent photos since Thursday:

Attached ‘staches to sticks-

Using pH Neutral (Acidfree) glue-

and in abundance-

as for the frame? – drumrolllllllllllll

Haha! I couldn’t give away what it all looks like! At least not until the opening. 🙂 But look at that frame, it’s like overlapping mustaches, an infinity mustache!

Tomorrow at 5pm is my deadline. Opening Reception is on May 4th, at 4pm! See you there!

Fancy Framework

Good news: Just got a text from my man TJ Lafollette saying my framing is complete. WOO! Bad news: I will not see it until this Thursday. And neither will any of you.

Good news: all letterpress printing is complete. Still feeling incredibly indebted to Amanda Lebel. Bad news: still have to acquire sticks, cut them down and attach them all. All 300 or so.

Still on the prowl for a suitable table. Flea market season is fortunately in full swing.

Deepest apologies for the week-long lag, this semester isn’t giving up.

 

She’s Finally Ready.

After a little touching up, she looks beautiful.

Traditionally, a generous border is left around the print, but I find it incredibly difficult to keep these clean whenever making prints. Usually the paper has a nice fibrous tooth to it, making it easy to clean up with a white pencil eraser. The paper I used was unfortunately not very forgiving like Reeves BFK or Arches Cover, cleanup would have been a nightmare had I tried erasing the ink. Simple solution? Taking Amanda Lebel’s endlessly helpful words of wisdom; cutting the print down and floating it on acid-free foamcore.

I had a 3/16″ thick piece of acid-free foamcore cut down to 26×26″, measured the exact middle and traced lightly in pencil, the position of the print on the foamcore. Flipping the print over from the top, I applied three pieces of linen tape, acid-free of course, along the top edge, attaching the back of the print to the foamcore. Flipping it back over and lining it up in its correct position before the tape dried completely, I stuck another small piece at the bottom in the middle for good measure. After erasing the lines I drew for positioning, I finally signed the print. On the back of course, but also on the foamcore:

The final print is 23×23″ with a foamcore border of 1.5″ all around and an approximate 2″ thick frame makes the final product about 28×28″. Where does the mustache come in to play you ask? Fret not, stay tuned for the next post!