Saturday, April 7, 2012

rock collection

A client came in with a bunch of 60s Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, including these intact complete Rolling Stone magazines.  I love these early newsprint zines!

There is a very simple solution to framing these intact with no adhesives.  No need to trim off the covers.  Magazines can be removed from the framing package in exactly the same state as they were brought into the shop.  That is the job of a conservation framer.

First I laid magazines on top of a larger sheet of acid-free foamcore.  Then I cut strips of acid-free foamcore to be placed on the outside of the magazine, making a sort of cradle to keep it in place.  The strips are adhered to the sheet.

Strips are most easily placed in a pinwheel configuration (above).  Then the mat is adhered to the strips.

The excess foamboard is trimmed and then art is glazed and framed as usual.  The client selected a bold black-on-black design.  The mat has a satiny finish and looks a lot like a vinyl record.  Frames have a deep bevel inward.  High drama.

The same week, another client came in with 60s rock memorabilia.  This time it was a psychedelic Grateful Dead poster from San Francisco.  The client explained that this is one of the more collectible ones due to a typographical error.  Can you spot it?

From Wolfgang's Vault:  Back in the days before 'Hooked on Phonics,' spelling was a private matter and homophones the curse of the aurally-challenged. When the young team of Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse worked on this, their first poster for the Grateful Dead, the Dead were still recently re-named, and their spelling not fixed in the artists' minds. What was a limited-run spelling error in '66, however, turned into gold for collectors; think numismatist and a U.S. Mint quarter emblazoned with 'In God We Tryst.' 'Warlocks,' the band' s original name, just spells Warlocks, but 'Greatful' spells 'collectors' item' on this poster.

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