Monday, October 28, 2013

How to Mount Flat Textiles


Painted Desert II - 14" x 14"
Terry Jarrard-Dimond
fabric, dye, discharge, stitching

I'm pleased to announce that my work, Painted Desert II, has been selected for Transformation, Community and Self.  This exhibition is a juried competition sponsored and hosted by the Herring Center for Continuing Education on the campus of Furman University in Greenville, SC.

Originally the work had been mounted directly to a piece of rag board, framed with a mat for display in a deep glazed frame.   It looked nice but as I reviewed the piece in preparation for delivery to the show, I decided I wanted to try something different.  With this in mind I researched the topic and found a nice article written by Ann Frisina, textile conservator for the Minnesota Historical Society that presented a simple and archival method of presenting textile pieces.  You can find the information HERE.

I'll leave the details of the process to the PDF file you can get from the above link, but basically it involves a simple "pillow" style envelope made in a quality fabric (I used off-white linen.) into which the mat board is inserted.  The textile piece is then position on the face of the board and stitched under the edge so the stitching doesn't show.  This board is then inserted in the glazed frame.  Quick, simple, beautiful and archival.

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10 comments:

  1. Stunning piece Terry. Congratulations! At first I thought the title was Plaid Desert II, guess I still have Scotland on my mind. Thank you for the link to the pdf.

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    1. Plaid Desert is an idea! The pdf is very clear and worked out nicely. Thanks!

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  2. Congratulations! And thanks for the info on mounting fiber.

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    1. Thank you! The mounting information is very simple and worked well. I drew the lines as described in the pdf and stitched about 1/16th outside the line to accommodate the thickness of the board.

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  3. Congratulations, Terry! I love this piece! Thank you for including the mounting information. I'm mounting more of my pieces and like to learn different ways to it.

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  4. I think you will find this an elegant way to finish a piece to show. And thank you!

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  5. Would love to see the piece above in person--beautiful and dramatic colors! I have considered entering smaller work framed instead of hung by a rod and wasn't sure about entry info--do you submit an image cropped as it would look matted and/or framed instead of showing all the edges as usual with quilts? Do you show the frame in the submission pic? Thanks for the info, Terry.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth. The work should be photographed without the frame but I would add the give two dimensions, one without the frame and one with the frame. Not all shows welcome this type of presentation but I think it gives the work the same support it gives drawings or paintings. Thanks for your interest.

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  6. I'm going to have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this technique with us.

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    1. I think you will like the results Vivien. It is looks very clean and polished.

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