For some of you, maybe the vast majority, Passepartout is probably synoymous with that knockabout french sidekick in 'Around the world in 80 days' but, and lets go all wibbly wobbly timey whimey here...back in the day when my hair was conker coloured, flared trousers weren't a fashion statement but the only thing available and television finished at 11.55 pm, I used to 'Passepartout' many a picture but then come the mid 80's clip frames started to flood the market and by 1989 Passepartout tape had ceased to be manufactured.not many tears at it's passing...I know...get on with it..so if you are my frequent reader then you'll know I'm just back from France where I was on a bit of a mission and lo and behold , I came across a photographers work that was all in Passepartout.... okay time to explain passepartout. rather than a frame to hold the glass, image and back together there is the application of a linen gummed tape around the edges to hold things together..simple eh??..faffy most certainly..not much use on anything over 10 x 8 inches.
Back to the plot, these images over in that there France did look, well to me, rather good..so I thought I'd ask Mr Google if he knew of any Passepartout that might still be out there...and like a faithful retriever bringing back a manky tennis ball, dropping the ball at your feet and then rolling over for a tummy tickle, Mr Google spat out a list of wiki things, duff technical Pdf specs and all manner of historical and useless information...rolled over and waited for a tummy tickle...meh So still having contacts in the Wonderful world of Framing I managed to source some tape, from Germany... so it's on it's way propelled by the mighty power of t'internet and Deutsche Post..it'll be here on friday which will be just in time as I'm at Heaton Moor Producers Market this Sunday but more of that on fridays blog... so as you see after an absence of decades I will resurrect the art of passepartout...there may be some potty mouth language initially but it's in my genes, not those flared ones from the 70's though
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...