One of the things we've tried to do generally is to work within certain size restrictions. Our books tend to fall within 3 general sizes—5" x 9", 8.5" x 17". Our broadsides tend to be 14.5" x 22.5" which allows us to print two broadsides from each 22.5" x 30" sheet of Somerset Textured White 300gsm stock, our favorite.
We’ve been wanting to do something to our display wall in Lead Graffiti for a couple of years and we finally did it. Once we started doing our Tour de Lead Graffiti project it kind of took over a large studio wall. It was such a major project in our lives that we wanted to keep it displayed. At the same time it took up a lot of space.
We were looking around for a frame that would both be fairly cheap or easy to make and easy to hang with minimal damage to the walls. We also love that our posters are printed on wonderful paper with a nice texture and have the deckle-edge along the top and bottom, so we didn't want to put it behind glass.
Well, this is what we came up with.
Essentially it is 2 long sides to a frame with a gentle curve routed into the inside edge (70″ radius if you are interested) into which you can slide one of our posters. In the top crossbar we’ve drilled two holes at a slight angle into which you can insert a thin brad (nail) to make the smallest hole possible in your wall. The frames plus the poster are very light and requires very little support.
Generally speaking, our posters are always 14.5″ x 22.5″ (essentially half of a sheet of Somerset Textured paper. In the frame the poster has a gentle curve which is supported by the crossbar supports for the frame, giving light a chance to show the texture more than if it was framed flat. We aren’t exactly sure how light fast the inks are that we are using and with the difficulty of getting quality ink for letterpress, it is probably better to keep any poster out of bright sunlight.
If you come by our studio you can see the display and how it works. We had an exhibition (see the image above) of 50 broadsides from our Tour de Lead Graffiti project to open the new gallery space at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum. We were looking for the feeling of the peloton in the Tour de France racing at high speed across the center of France. We loved it.
The frames are white. For the photo at the top we bought spray paint at Home Depot to paint them. You only need to paint the vertical pieces. You need to be careful that you have the paint well shaken and paint the frames using light coats to avoid runs. With the right bit the frames can be taken apart quite easily. Just be sure to mark which ends attach with which sides.
We are selling them for $45 a set plus shipping. In the photo at the top the frame is the white one, second from the left. They should fit most of our posters. If you need any information, just contact us and ask. In the earlier days our posters were 14.75″ wide. Usually there is no problem trimming them down to the 14.5″ width. All of our recent posters are the narrower dimension.
SHIPPING NOTE : If buying a frame you must pay at least 1 shipping charge which will cover up to 4 frames, unless you are picking the frames up at our Newark, Delaware studio.
We will ship them for free anywhere in the continental U.S..
Posters and frames are shipped in a sturdy, well padded tube through USPS Priority Mail.