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Matting and framing is relatively simple, and doing it yourself costs less and is more rewarding than using a framing service. In this course, photographer and professional framer Konrad Eek describes the tools, techniques, and creative decisions involved in matting, framing, and hanging photographs.
The course begins with an overview of framing concepts, terms, and tools and then shows how to choose and work with the various components of a framed print: matboard, frame, glazing, wire hangers, and more. The course also examines the issues and creative options behind hanging an exhibit, whether in a gallery or in a home.
What we're going to do in this course is address both the aesthetic and technical aspects of Matting, Framing, and Hanging your work. This will take us to several different places from the student workshop and gallery show of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute in the Courts Mountains of Southwestern Oklahoma, to my shop here in Norman, to one of the wholesalers I work with in Oklahoma City as well. And along the way, we're going to learn a lot of different techniques from using the simplest handheld mat cutter to cut window mattes as well as how to use higher end production cutters for higher volume in Matting.
We'll talk about techniques for assembling different types of picture frames, be the metal or wood, and we'll talk about open back frames and easel back frames as well. We'll talk about glazing, both acrylic and glass, and how to cut it how to properly mount it and fix it within the frames. We'll talk about the different tools that you use to assemble the frames. We're also going to talk about the curatorial process, both on a grand scale as we hang the student exhibition at Courts Mountain, but also on a smaller scale with an aesthetic more designed to approach what you might have in your own living room.
And then we'll also go through all the tools that are necessary to hang the work on almost any surface you will run into in a home.
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