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Feb 25, 2008 10:22 |  #16

Hi Aaron - a big congrats on the restaurant venue. Those can be great opportunites.

By sister is an artist and is currently involved in a situation like the one you describe and when my father was alive (also a professional artist) he would participate in similar opportunities.

I'm coming a little late to the party but I'm a firm believer in signing your work. After all it is YOUR work, it's something that will be a public venue, hopefully people will appreciate it for yours, and you WANT them to know who created it. I feel that a bona-fide signature always will "elevate" the work. If you have the image made as a salon style print with the white border, there is space to sign your work in pencil. In this way there is no doubt as to who the artist was, years from now, unless of course it is erased. Usually that does not happen though. It makes no difference that right now you are not a known name. At some time in the future you could very well be.

The other alternative is to sign the mat, which I have done - on the lower right hand corner. You can then title the picture at bottom center or bottom left.

Aaron, had you considered doing the matting and framing yourself? There is no question that most pro framers will do an absolutely superb job of matting and framing your work - but you pay a high premium for this expertise. Often you can purchase a "prosumer" mat cutter (eg - Logan Simplex 750) for the cost of one or two jobs. You might be interested in a thread I started just yesterday about the Logan 750:

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=459308

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....I just took a large chunk of the prints to the framers and realized that I did not sign them. Now, I have a really, well, unrefined signature and it is very inconsistent, so I am hesitant to take a pen to a piece of paper that cost me $85. Odds are that I will mess one of them up no matter how much practice. I can still go back on Monday and sign them if I need.

Do you think that having a signature on a print will help people value it more and be more likely to purchase it? I will be gluing a little informational panel to the back of the board with the print, artist, and contact information. I am not a "known name" of any sorts, but am wondering if adding a signature will elevate the print from decorative art to fine art.

Thanks everybody!

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Feb 25, 2008 10:32 |  #17

I would completely agree with you about setting the print off with a "white surround" like what you've described.

That price of $140/print is pretty decent but it still adds up. What sort of frames are using - had you considered anything like the Nielson metal products that you can assemble yourself in pretty much any size? Once I'd cut the mats for my last exhibit my wife and I sat down at the work table and actually assembled the frames together.:D

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Well, not a "matte" per say, but I float the image on the white paper. I used to work at A&I in Hollywood doing digital printing (it is where I got these printed) and most of the museum fine art prints we did were floated in white paper. I think it looks great and don't see how it can take away from the value of the print.


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Jul 25, 2008 12:16 |  #18

Does anyone sign, date and title the back of the print?

If you just sign the matt and the matt and picture become seperated nobody would know where the picture came from.

Seems like a stamp with your name and studio on it would be useful to stamp and then sign and date under that. Then I guess you'd have to worry about the ink bleeding through the image. What kind of ink/pen would you use on the back as not to damage the print?




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Jul 25, 2008 13:09 |  #19

Yes - excellent idea gooble. I will usually include a business card inside the frame (out of sight) or visibly attached to the back of the mat.

Lately I have been entering a number of framed pieces to shows and a business card is always present in addition to the show's entry form and other identifying info. And I do stamp the backs of my photos.

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Does anyone sign, date and title the back of the print?

If you just sign the matt and the matt and picture become seperated nobody would know where the picture came from.

Seems like a stamp with your name and studio on it would be useful to stamp and then sign and date under that. Then I guess you'd have to worry about the ink bleeding through the image. What kind of ink/pen would you use on the back as not to damage the print?


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Stime187 wrote in post #4988761external link
Didn't you already ask me that and I already replied above?

I didn't see your reply of the problem you have with the white surrounding the print.


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gooble wrote in post #5983074external link
Does anyone sign, date and title the back of the print?

If you just sign the matt and the matt and picture become seperated nobody would know where the picture came from.

Seems like a stamp with your name and studio on it would be useful to stamp and then sign and date under that. Then I guess you'd have to worry about the ink bleeding through the image. What kind of ink/pen would you use on the back as not to damage the print?

Yeah, what pen would you use for this? I want to do it but don't know what to use.


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