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Sep 12

Framing Techniques – Floating in Air!

Floating Image Over a Black Background

Artifacts and Panel Floating Over a Background Image

One of the techniques I use in my artworks is something I call Suspension Framing. This style of framing provides a unique look to my artworks. I do my own framing and I consider this part of the art. The print is mounted on black foam core. The print is then mounted on a slightly smaller piece of foam core, which is then mounted to the background panel. This assembly is mounted in a very deep frame (a shadowbox usually). This provides a very sturdy framing structure, but yet the picture appears to be floating just behind the glass and above the back panel. I like this style because it  allows me to maximize the image area and to provide a modern look in a rich, sophisticated frame. 

I also use this technique to mount small panels over images and also with some chips. Here is an example from my Historical Series, “Decades of Technology”. Here the artifacts are raised off the background using the same mounting technique. My style creates a three dimensional sculptured look that is difficult to convey with 2 dimensional pictures.