A Mysterious Print for the Living Room

Back in February I bought a really cool print at the Unglued Craft Fest, which took place at the Plains Art Museum.

In collaboration, local artists Sophie Johnson and Maren Shallman created a screen print and collage on paper called “A mysterious explosion.” It’s an abstracted image of a woman on a swing in black and white. What makes every piece particularly unique in this series, is that each had a different color drawing of a flower sewn onto it in place of the figure’s head. The flower creates a pop of color and a three-dimensional quality to the piece.

The particular print I bought had a blue flower with petals edged in red sewn onto it. Both artists agreed that it was their favorite of the series.

Since I went to the craft fair, however, it has been sitting around the apartment. I can get a bit indecisive when it comes to picking a frame and finding a spot of the wall for a piece of art. Finally I decided enough is enough and needed to get this guy framed.

The last time my husband was in Chicago, I asked him to stop by Ikea and purchase a 12 1/2 x 16 1/2 inch Riba frame in black. When Travis got back to Fargo, I went to work.

I decided I liked the raw, torn look of the paper’s edge and didn’t want to hide it behind the mat. So I used gaffer’s tape to position the print from the back of the mat, and then put it into the frame.

I choose to hang it in our living room, as that’s the room I spend the most time in. Our bedroom has its fair share of art already, but the living room’s walls were lacking, so I think I found a good place. I can see it from the couch and walk past it every time I go to the bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.

I recently learned that Unglued, the people who held the craft fair and a similarly named pop-up Christmas Market will be at the Fargo Street Fair on July 19 from 10-9. They will be located at the corner of Broadway and Main Avenue. They’ve had a great assortment of crafters and artists at their previous events, so I would definitely check them out if you will be around Fargo on that date.


  1. Jo says:

    I love it!

    I’m glad you kept the edges out.

  2. Karen says:

    That really is a beautiful piece. I would have been draw to it too.

  3. Terri says:

    It’s a wonderful piece of art and beautifully framed.

  4. Maggie says:

    Fantastic piece. I like how it took me a minute to realize it was a flower in place of a head.

    I could fill every square inch of wall space, if I didn’t watch myself. So many prints I want to buy from etsy and elsewhere.

  5. lyn says:

    The past me who worked in a framing store in college loves this! The past me also wants you to know that if you value the piece and want to keep it long-term, you may want to replace the gaffer’s tape with an acid-free linen tape. The acid in the gaffer’s tape will eventually turn the paper yellow all the way through from the back to the outside. Same with the white mat it’s sitting on — the mats that come in frames are almost never acid-free.

    But THEN present me remembered where you work and realized that you’re used to preserving things, so you probably already know allllllllllll about this type of stuff.

    Sorry about that. Past me is kind of a know-it-all dick.

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