Temporary Framing

The big project for this week was mounting work for display at the Hand Wave Gallery. The pieces will be shown matted and backed, but not framed.

I am feeling inordinately clever, having come up with a relatively inexpensive system. (The cost of mat board is obscene.) I invented a frame-less method using binder clips. There is enough room in the little clips for a purchaser to add a thin sheet of plexiglass/perspex/polymethylmethacrylate if they don’t want to go to a traditional frame.

The handles of the clips have been removed from the front.

Any purchaser will get a little packet of handles so they can either remove the clips for traditional framing or just open them to add a plexiglass layer to protect the front.

The handles are still attached at the back of the work. I have run a strong linen cord from the bottom left handle, up through the left side handles, across to the right, down through the right side handles to the bottom right handle. (Sorry, no picture!) This provides a horizontal equivalent to a traditional picture wire mount. The work can also be hung by flipping the top two handles up and hanging the piece from them.

I made a multipurpose template to help with the job. The outer dimensions are the same as all the mats. The guides —two on each edge— were used to mark the backs of the pieces so I could position the clips consistently. The cutout helped me centre the smaller #99dayproject squares for mounting.

I will cut the template down to the smaller square to use as a guide when  framing work for Forty Days, my upcoming exhibition at the Eye Gallery in Saskatoon.

In other book arts news:

I always enjoy seeing work where book artists take structures in new directions. If you do too, you will want to check out Roberta Lavadour’s recent post.


A simple paper case can be an elegant covering for a sewn codex. If you haven’t used paper cases before, you might check out Karen Hanmer’s upcoming class.


If you want to learn calligraphy, or upgrade the skills you already have, there is likely a course for you online. Check out the recently updated list of classes here.


Eleanor Janega has written/illustrated a history of the Middle Ages. You can learn more about it in this article.

In other news:

Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, and Durham University, UK are once again offering their course on how to cook a medieval Christmas feast.

Further information can be found here.

Continuing the food theme:

If you celebrate American Thanksgiving and are planning a shared meal, you might want to keep this in mind.

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to Temporary Framing

  1. Jane snell Copes says:

    Brilliant on the clippy-things! Always enjoy your work. Last year’s Advent Calendar was a life-saver for me! Jane in New Haven


    • Byopia Press says:

      Thanks! I’m glad to hear that last year’s Advent calendar was so useful for you. My intention was to keep people occupied making things out of what they were likely to already have in their house. An attempt to alleviate lockdowns that seemed to be happening everywhere!


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