Laying Framework for "Boundaries"

     A few weeks ago, I shared photos from the YPA "Boundaries" Gallery that took place at Studio 3702 in Lawrenceville, downtown Pittsburgh. What you may or may not know is that the frames that displayed my photos were a side art project for my Dad and I to complete together.

     You're probably wondering why I wouldn't have just bought frames. When looking at the images of these people, I wanted the frame to resemble looking through a window into this little world of "wisdom". (To read more on my series, visit my previous blog post or gallery on my home page). Plus, I love collaborating in DIY projects, and this was right up Dad's alley. And I can't forget the deal breaker- building something yourself can save a heck of a lot of cash, just don't forget the amount of time you're exchanging.

     The frames were handmade from simple barnwood found in my grandparents barn. My Dad had glass cut for each frame and rigged a system that lit my images from behind, which unexpectedly created an effect that made the characters in the photos become much more real and 3D. Something that can be simply put into words doesn't always give credit for the amount of time spent working on a given project.

     Thank goodness Dad is a genius when it comes to building things. With my own doing, the frames probably would have been hanging upside down. Being grateful only begins what I am for having Dad and others that support me and my art, let alone collaborate with me! Thank you times a million!!

 
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 Dad holding the final product after a full week of work on the five frames we designed and he built from scratch.

Dad holding the final product after a full week of work on the five frames we designed and he built from scratch.

Leah Schonauer
Leah Schonauer

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