Monday, July 2, 2012

The Art Gallery - Our Final Project

In Design 2, our final project was not an art project, but it was a project that used our already existing artwork. We put together a gallery display. Most of mine was photography, but I did feature a few paintings as well. I took pictures of the process so you can see what all we did.

The first thing we needed to do was to get the photographs ready. We have a large photo printer in the Mac lab, so we were able to get all our photos printed for free right at school. We then attached the photos to mat board with a special paper to get them ready to be vacuum sealed.

This is the machine that seals the photos. It seals any kind of artwork, but we mainly used it for photographs.

Joel is covering the photos with a non-stick board that protects the inside of the machine. The paper that we used to seal the photos to the mat board is melted after all the air is removed to make the pictures perfectly flat. If the non-stick layer weren't there any paper that shows under the photo would be melted and could stick to the inside of the machine.

After everything is in place we close the machine and start it up. It takes around 5 minutes to vacuum all the air out and melt the paper.

After the photos have been sealed, we remove them and use a large paper cutter to cut off the excess mat.

And the photos are done!

My Beanie Baby display. I have two posts dedicated to these pictures on my photo blog. You can find the dinosaur storyline HERE, and the cats HERE.

Some of Joel's artwork.

More by Joel.

Pieces by both Joel and I.

Getting this gallery ready was a lot of fun, but showing it off to our friends was even better. When we went to see Brave in Omaha we stopped by the school to show them our gallery. I'll have a post about that soon! :)


  1. Very cool! I wish I had a machine like that. ;-)

  2. Me too, but I'm sure it's quite expensive. Plus I'd have no place to put it. It's pretty huge.

  3. Great post - you're both very talented ~

    1. Thanks! And thanks for stopping by my blog! :)