I just finished a long blog discussion with Sheila Barnes, ponderings about whether or not to put a border one of her pieces. Of course I had notions, which I expressed forthrightly (some might say rudely). And Sheila had opinions, also, but she’s much more polite in her expression of them.
The irony is, after I got through writing and reading about Sheila’s borders and had put that aside in my mind, I picked up my Dancing Interstate Bridge piece (the title changes every time I work on it), and suddenly realized it needed a border.
I seldom do borders in my textile pieces. I can’t remember the last time I did borders. My imagery always feels like it goes on and on and doesn’t stop, so I let it go, no borders, no visible binding. The technical term for turning a textile piece to the back without putting a binding or border on it is “facing” . Most of my textile pieces, like my paintings without frames, are “faced” — not framed.
But in not doing borders for all these years, I had forgotten the wretched state of making decisions about them — what color, whether pattern, what pattern, what width, all four sides or something less? Decisions, decisions. I almost emailed Sheila, but thought she might throw something all the way from Idaho at me.
So, here’s the state of my space while I am decision making:
And here’s the current decision, with border:
And here’s another interesting, at least to me, comparison — the (pinned) bordered textile photographed next to the original painting. You can see the difference in the way the silk takes the printer pigment vs the oil paint on canvas. And the textile is larger (24 inches wide versus 18 inches) because of the exhibit specifications. But the putative border also changes things.
I’m not deciding tonight (I’m writing this Friday evening to be posted early Saturday) about the border; it’s always wise to let such indecision wait until after a good night’s sleep. But it will be fun to put the finished pieces side by side, the textured textile and the rich oil paint, when I’m finished and photograph each properly.
If I decide to use borders on this piece and then change my mind, they can always be removed, at the mere cost of my sanity. That’s why I’m taking the night to ponder the question. –June