Thu 9 Aug 2012
Look around these days at photography for sale and chances are the photos are presented on stretched canvas. The advances of digital photography and printing techniques have led to being able to relatively simply and inexpensively turn your snapshots into works of hang-able art.
I love photos on canvas and have had a few of my own photos printed on canvas and they are great. That said, I think the canvas thing can be over-used. Which could explain why I totally fell in love with the work of photographer Jean-Claude Louis whom I posted about a while back. In addition to wonderful images, Mssr. Louis’ work is stunning in that he mounts his photos on metal and it is just so cool. I like the whole idea of an alternative to canvas for a modern look.
Likewise, I recently came across the good folks at Plywerk, a Portland, OR-based company that mounts photos on wood – mostly maple and bamboo – and I just love the whole idea of it. In fact, one of Plywerk’s slogan is: “think of us as canvas’ super-sexy cousin.” I love it!
About Plywerk: “Plywerk began in the dark, damp recesses of Kim Nguyen’s and Kjell van Zoen’s basement in Northwest Portland. Kim, a photographer, needing to mount a photo, grabbed a piece of discarded plywood from the aforementioned dark, cold–really just plain dreary–basement and glued a photo to it. A light bulb beamed from atop the self-professed frugal entrepreneur Kjell’s head, temporarily blinding his wife Kim. But from that one piece of disposable wood, a sustainable Ma and Pa business was formed.”
I just ordered one of my little works of art on bamboo, 16″x24″ 3/4″, with a lustre finish. I can’t wait to see the finished piece.
The photo I ordered to be mounted on bamboo from Plywerk - a Portsmouth, NH Street Scene from my Summer 2012 Collection: