In my last blog post, titled ‘down to the wire‘, I listed 10 tips for prepping art for gallery display – and someone asked me to post some photos of the finished backs of my artwork. So here are those requested photos:
To make my labels I type up a Word file with all of the data then print it out on full sheet label paper that I get from an office supply store. I’ve heard from my various gallery owners that they appreciate the legibility.
Here is a close-up photo of the D-ring held on with a screw – and the coated wire on the D-ring. Extra wire is left on so that the gallery or the client can adjust it if necessary.
Here’s another photo of the back of a different artwork – this one is a larger, heavier work so I put the felt “feet” on the bottom to help protect the wall. Also whenever there is a ‘makers mark’ on the back of my cradled board (in this case this board was made by Ampersand) I place my label so I won’t cover up the board makers mark. If some art conservator someday had to do a repair on my artwork that information could be helpful.
I’m sure you’ll note that the back of this piece also has the coated wire, the D-rings with screws and the printed label. I strive for consistency as much as possible in both the kind of artwork I do on the front and the kind of work I do on the backs.
And did I mention that the wire is coated? Yep! Coated hanging wire is as essential in the art studio as water is in a kitchen!