Friday, October 9, 2009

At last, my invite

Well, the invite to my exhibition has gone to the printers and I should have copies next week. I now know the title of my exhibition which has gone through several versions. None of my ideas have been used but hey, I like the title my exhibition has been given ie Fibre Reactive - New Work by Diana Parkes. It pays not to be too precious sometimes as often things turn out much better. I think the invite is very elegant.

The image is a detail from my piece called Nesting.

The other exhibition on at the same time is by the Upper Hutt Embroiderers' Guild Labours of Love. Nearly all the members of this guild attended my embroidery classes at some time during their 27 year duration. I think this makes for a lovely union of work.

Now only 12 days to the opening.....

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hanging Rods

I have just collected the last of the hanging rods for work in my upcoming exhibition. Over the years I have hung work using a variety of options which seemed appropriate for each piece. For my WholeCloth Banners I have chosen to hang them from clear flat perspex rods which I have cut to the exact size for each new piece. I always wait until I have a few to order and often get a few extra for future pieces.

The rods are made from 4.5mm (1/8") thick clear perspex. This is cut into strips 30mm (1¼") wide. The length is determined by the exact width measurement of the piece plus an additional 20mm (3/4") at each end. Small holes are drilled in the ends sufficient for nails to secure the rod to the wall, or hanging it out in space. The piece itself has a top hem wide enough to take the rod eg 40mm (1½").

Close-up of one end, pinned to my soft display board. Not a very good photo but it has started to rain, yet again, and the light has gone with it!

The lower edge is also hemmed and includes a strip of lead curtain weights inside the hem at the back. This helps to stabilize this edge.

Only another 14 days to go now ie 2 weeks!!