A couple of blogs ago I commented on the straight edges of my latest piece appearing curved in the photos. Ruthie Powers responded saying that camera lens are curved and that I needed to get back further from my piece to prevent the curving. Then of course crop out the surplus from around the edges. I always crop my photos anyway and can certainly understand what Ruthie is suggesting. Unfortunately the space where I hang my work is somewhat limited and I can only get back so far. This was not really a problem when I was working smaller pieces but now that I have gone BIG the problem is more noticeable.
Because of my current pieces being larger I have also had a problem hanging them on my display wall which is somewhat narrow and situated between two doors. For some time now I have been working through ideas for a satisfactory way to solve this problem.
Last week I did it. I purchased a metal rod, three brass cup hooks and hunted deep for six large dog clips which I knew I had somewhere. My studio has an open ceiling and rafters. I screwed the three cup hooks under the rafters and these now hold the metal rod. Then I placed the dog clips on to the rod. Now all I have to do is climb up on a chair, slip the top edge of a piece into the dog clips and hey presto, my piece hangs beautifully. I may be able to get back further too for photographing although I will need to stand on a chair.
Photo shows rafters, one cup hook, metal rod and dog clips, all working to hold a piece.