The photograph is printed on aluminum, setting the rough background of the wall in the photograph against the smooth surface of this medium. Bishop used Museum Glass® for the glazing for the clarity it brings to this piece with multiple textures.
For the frame, Bishop worked with A Street Frames to modify its number 705 Flat Iron Raw moulding, welded and finished with F-bolts at the corners, for an industrial look. To achieve texture in the matting, she modified a matboard using sand and styrofoam kernels in the paint. The overall result is a frame that reflects the heaviness and harshness of the Berlin Wall contrasted against the warmth of the human hands in the photograph.
When it comes to delicate, very few objects present the same level of framing challenge as a drawing on a napkin. But after having in her possession a hand-drawn portrait on a napkin from a prominent artist in the early days of his art education, Bishop decided to frame it.
The frame construction was dictated not only by the task of working with such a fragile piece, but also because of the proportional balance required in the design. Bishop took a minimalistic contemporary approach that put the focus on the art. Her design involved floating two seamless Prisma frames, which gave the framing a sense of softness and airiness to complement the subject. But this necessitated a structure that had never been used before. After several rounds of trial and error, working with Bella Moulding, Bishop created a custom backing system.
In color, too, the design achieves a minimalist aesthetic to draw the viewer to the lines of the drawing. Both Prisma frames are of the same warm gray with a hint of texture on the inner frame for subtle visual interest. A filet gilded with a touch of red surrounds the drawing. For protection and clarity, Bishop chose Optium Museum Acrylic.
Bishop will describe these projects and others in greater detail as part of her course, “The Design Process: How To Impress Customers With Designs They Will Love,” at FRAMECON 2019, held June 9 to 10, at the DCU Center in Worchester, MA. Visit: https://neppfa.wildapricot.org/ for more information on this event held by the New England Professional Picture Framers Association. For more information on Mira Bishop’s work, visit: www.oliverbrothersonline.com.
GOING TO THE EXTREME WITH CUSTOMIZATION was originally published by the Art World News in May- Jun 2019 issue LINK
You can read more about these projects : HERE, and HERE