Join Konrad Eek for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a production mat cutter, part of Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs.
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Earlier we demonstrated techniques for cutting down board with an X-Acto knife and a straight…edge to get it to the size you needed to make your mat, and then using a hand held cutter…to create the window in that mat.…That's a really affordable and accessible way to get started in mat cutting.…However, sometimes you may find yourself in a situation where you need to do a much higher…volume of mat cutting.…In that case, I think you'd find the hand held work a little bit painstaking and a little…bit too time consuming.…When I came out here to Quartz Mountain to work on this photo workshop of the students,…one of my responsibilities here is to prepare the final exhibition for hanging. And with…that in mind I knew that we were going to be dealing with close to 80 works of art that…all needed to be matted.…
So initially 80 mats does seem like a high number.…But when you start to think about the logistics of actually producing 80 mats, first the board…has to all be cut down to size and 80 mats translates into at least 160 boards.…
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.
- Conversing with a framer
- Selecting a mat and a frame
- Deciding on window size
- Using a handheld or production mat cutter
- Mounting art
- Cutting glass
- Assembling frames
- Hanging photographs in groups
- Hanging photographs on different surfaces