At the end of the semester the art professors require that students enter a piece in the All-Level Student Show. This requires matting and framing a drawing. Matting and framing a drawing requires the guillotine paper cutter, t-squares, and practical life skills like the ability to hold a screw driver.
I think it is periodically important for writers and artists (I think this is actually why the professor require us to enter something in the show) to remember that they do, in fact, often have practical life skills even when their individual emotional journeys make it seem like don't.
In celebration of practical life skills, I give you . . . my UNBELIEVABLY EXCITING**** framing project.
(Also appreciate our new impossible-to-keep-clean Post-Flood flooring.)
|All the materials laid out. See? Real screwdrivers.|
|The frame partially screwed together with the Acrylic in it.#|
|The picture carefully attached to the mat-board with acid-free paper tape. |
Because this one needs to survive the ages.
|Proof I can operate a screwdriver.|
I didn't tell you our model is a decathlete, did I? Let's have another one. Just for funzzies.
The show starts next Sunday. I thought about putting a price on The Abs and trying to recoup the cost of the frame,## but I'm afraid I like them way too much and could never part with them permanently.
And I'm going to keep them on my dresser until I turn them in on Saturday. :D
* So that if I fail as a writer in a truly epic and unrecoverable fashion, maybe I will still be able to feed myself.^
^ Just kidding. That's only about half of why. The other half is that I like pretty things. A lot. Like, A LOT a lot. And I like making pretty things. And making things pretty. And beautiful too, if I can manage it.
** Here is a drawing I copied of a lovely French gentleman because he is one of my favorites:
*** Novels do this too, but they take way longer than my little drawings. Sometimes the gratification is so delayed it's hard to remember that it's there at all.
# Real glass is for cocky fools who think they aren't going to drop their pictures the instant they pick them up.
## Which made me cough just a little bit when I saw the total online.