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.