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Monthly Archives: January 2018

  • Use Cables as a Feature, Not Just a Fixture

    Art displays systems often fade into the background. Both gallery designers and homeowners often look for suspension systems that are invisible, or as close as possible to invisible, in order to keep the focus on the art. But if you want to accent your art, and you don't want to fall back to ornate, bulky frames, consider a wire hanging system.

    Three Ways a Wire Hanging System Makes Your Art Pop

    They help transition between the room's other decor or displays and this display. 

    Art's surroundings can help set the stage or add context for a particular display. If a series of photographs is about architecture or has an industrial feel, a visible wire display accents the art and pulls it together while helping it stay separate from other displays. This can be particularly vital in crowded spaces or if you're competing for interest.

    Suspension systems can add depth. 

    Dramatic lighting and a display system that supports art away from the wall creates stark shadows. Add drama and stark shading to your display that takes advantage of the materials themselves. Not only does it draw the eye, shadows make white margins or frames pop.

    You can quickly incorporate new works or change the design.

    If you have a gallery with repeat visitors, it's important to keep content fresh without cycling through it too quickly. If you have a new photo or piece of artwork that belongs in a sectional display, wire hanging systems help you easily and quickly make additions and subtractions. You can also rearrange a display entirely without changing heavy hardware or increasing the risk of damage.

    Go to Systematic Art here to get started on finding the right hardware and visual impact for your art.

  • Border or No Border? How to Display Your Photos

    Many display fashions focus on minimalism instead of ornate design. Not only does this make it easier to incorporate different styles of art without any clash, it also means you don't have to keep large inventories of several different hardware styles; you only need one or two. But even when you go for a classic or minimalistic design, you still have a few features you can play around with. One of the most common questions is should you have framed or frameless photo displays.

    Consider margins instead of frames.

    Instead of just considering a frame with any number of colors, consider a matte margin around your photographs. It gives the frameless, floating look you might be looking for, but it also draws attention to specific photos within a cohesive display. Here's how:

    You can incorporate differently sized photos. 

    Not all photographs have the same pixel quality, and that means some will have to be smaller than others. If you have older photos from film cameras or older family mementos, you also can't standardize the size. Instead, use margins within frameless photo displays so the blocking, or the actual height and width of the total piece, is standardized. Not only does it make arranging the photos easier, it draws attention to the small, priceless photos.

    It works with any color scheme.

    White margins offset every photo well. Whether you have a black and white theme or your prints are in full color, matte, white surroundings make them pop. It also eases the transition from the photos to any color palette in your home's furnishing, floors, and features. It even stands out on white walls, because the smooth, raised finish provides contrast.

    For the hardware to get it done and more artwork hanging ideas, go to Systematic Art.

  • How to Minimize Wall Damage When Hanging Art

    Whether you're creating a display in a commercial space, installing a central message board in a community center, or planning a photo wall in your home, reducing the number of holes and blemishes is a must. Here are three different ways to plan your system.

    • Tape the frame inserts to the wall to finalize your display. An arrangement you like in your head might be one you decide isn't quite right for your living room. Instead of picturing it in your head and improvising as you go, which might leave you changing your mind and changing where the nails end up, tape up the inserts from your frames. This lets you rearrange and change your mind without any damage and gives you a better idea of what the final product will look like.
    • Use an adjustable suspension system. The best way to minimize wall damage is to avoid it altogether. Use a suspension or wire system so the artwork hands from a grid or wire system instead of the wall. Not only does this mean you can you the same base arrangement that needs just a one-time installation, you can rearrange the artwork hanging from the system without any risk of wall damage at all.
    • Use laser tools to ensure level hanging for heavier art. Not all pieces of art can be hung from a central wire with one point of contact, but that increases the risk of crooked art. Use laser guiding levels to make sure your harnesses or screws are level. Also, if you're using two points of contact because of the art's weight, make sure you get hardware that protects the wall from wear and tear and reduce the risk of it falling.

    Rearranging art displays is a great way to incorporate new photos or pieces, and it shouldn't require repair work between changes. Go to Systematic Art for the tools to hang your art and keep your walls safe.

  • 5 Tips for Displaying Your Art at Art Shows and Fairs

    Are you planning on attending an art show or fair in order to display your art? It's important to make a good first impression. Here are a few tips to help you out.

    Check Out the Place Beforehand

    Before planning what you are going to bring and how you are going to display it, make sure to pay a visit to the place. See how big it is, how much space you will have, and which kinds of display system will work best for you.

    Create an Action Plan

    Once you do that, you can start planning. Make a checklist of what you are going to bring, and be sure to know beforehand where you are going to hang up each picture.

    Protect Your Art

    Make sure that your art will be adequately protected. Make sure to have a secure and stable display system. If the fair is going to be outside, consider bringing along a sturdy tent or a large umbrella to protect your art from the sun and wind.

    Set Up Early

    Come early to the show so that you have enough time to set up. It pays to be ready on time.

    Present Yourself

    Make sure to engage with people who come to your booth. If the art is your own, they will want to talk with the artist and see what kind of person you are. You are selling yourself, not just the art you create. Make sure to dress appropriately as well.

    For help with choosing the right display system, contact us today.

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