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Ritual 12: Banner Planner

My twelfth and final banner post, long delayed. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Work stress, car travel (always gets me), plus new medication gave me jitters and shakes for days.

But a couple of weeks ago I finalized my first banner for the actual show, which begins in DC at Oxon Run Park and is organized by HealHer Photography.

Above is the aspirational image as provided to the printer…and here is the outcome. Pretty disappointing. I don’t mind that you can see through to the brick wall. This will hang on chain link, so it will have similar interference with the pattern of the mesh. All expected/accepted. But the color is so far off. It’s another lesson in The First Law Of Printing Is Always Get A Proof. But with these online printers the proof is the same thing as the final, in dollars, so I guess this is my proof! I won’t name them because they were not great.

Gratitude banner as printed on mesh
Gratitude banner as printed on mesh

I will either color correct or do something totally different for location 2–maybe something like this but not on a white background— because the raw mesh is ugly ugly ugly!

The word Rituals, letters overlapping, in purple, yellow, and pink on an off-white background
Sketch for a simpler banner

Also a quick note on vinyl mesh. Basically it’s a giant sheet of stinky plastic like what you see outside big box donut hawkers and on scaffolding. Has to be incredibly toxic. Smells awful. Interesting endeavor because it was an Open Call with women of greatness, but I won’t choose it again as a substrate if I can help it.

By Elena Grossman

Elena Grossman is an artist and educator practicing visual art, graphic design, and programming for exhibition spaces, print, and screen media. Learn more about Elena