This is an adjusted version of the display: "Illuminating New Zealand's past. I've changed the last word in the title, went to an op-shop and bought several cheap frames in different sizes and printed a whole lot of art work from New Zealand painters like this one from Robin White.
Most of the frames looked old and tatty but once the glass was cleaned and the artwork printed to size and put in the frame, it looked amazing.
Without taking away too much of the typical NZ historical facts of the previous display, I arranged the frames on the display board and above it on the wall
For instructions how to make the display have a look at: Illuminating New Zealand's past
Don't forget to print some extra images for decorating the display boxes that stand in front of the display and provide extra display opportunities:
What you need for this adjusted display:
printed images from art books on New Zealand painters, or Google – images (creative commons) or as I did, using old calendar images featuring New Zealand painters
frames (op-shop or otherwise)
What to do:
- Match the printed artworks with the frames (look at colours, type or work and modern or classic themes) – cut to size
- Clean the recycled frames and polish the glass (boring but necessary)
- If the frames are not that sturdy, tape them up from the inside with a good quality tape
- Glue the prints to the backboard of the frame and attach the glass
- You can even tape the outside of the frame to the backboard and staple the tape to the (wooden) frame to make sure it holds
- Be happy as Larry when it fits and looks good
- Staple or nail the frames to the display wall
- Remove the last word of the title in Illuminating New Zealand's Past and replace with the word Art
I forgot what type of font I used so I had to improvise, using a similar font and gave it the same colour (there goes my theory of preparing well and knowing your details)
Transform shabby, dusty frames into beautiful artworks
It's a pity the glass is so shiny, it prevents me from making really good sharp photos but hopefully you get the idea…… and I can assure you, the images are clear and very beautiful in reality
Attach the frames to the display board and glue the extra images to the display boxes. Don't be afraid of being creative and glue the images around corners or glue two or three different size images together or over each other. Become the artist who shows art…..
Arrange the boxes with books in front of the display, give all the art full attention and make them stand out! New Zealand painters are so unique that it's fantastic to create a collage of them on a wall
Hang the frames to your liking and have fun arranging them around the display. Put your art books on the box display units and in front of them to give them more exposure and make it a happy and proud place
And when the display has done it's job you have some beautiful art work to take home (my colleague and I are still fighting over who's taking what… the battle isn't over yet