Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Hanging textile art work

There are so many ways to hang quilts and art quilts and it can be very challenging narrowing down or coming up with a creative idea to present the work that has been created.  Some art pieces just need a very simple treatment of a hanging sleeve (an invisible pocket to put a rod through on the back of the art work)  But other work need a much more creative solution to hang them.

When quilts are in the planning stage consider....

  • How can the art be showed to its best advantage?
  • What hanging structures could display the work professionally?
  • Recording some ideas of how it might potentially be hung.
  • Where it will be hung
  • How the work will be cleaned

laundry line to hang art quilts in my studio

Jamie Fingal

A collection of small quilts could be hung together on a washing line type hanger.  It gives a sense of fullness to small art works and a line for the eye to travel along.  Each piece of work is still individually important but collectively gives more for the eye to study.

Simple and elegant. Interesting hanging art quilt.  I would like to do this on a smaller scale to help absorb sound.

This piece has been hung with large clips on a rod.  This way of hanging is especially good  for work that is going to be moved around.  It also is a strong way to hang such a strong quilt.

Sunflower Meadow Wall Art  Wall Hanging quilt by scarecrowcabin, $30.00

Another way to hang a quilt is with 3 or more tabs across the top of the art work and to put a stick or other rod through the tabs.  It works quite nicely for this naive quilt.

5 Creative Ways to Hang Artwork Without a Frame-this one would be especially cool with photos and drift wood from a vacation!

Lots of very small art pieces in a collection could be displayed quite effectively in this way.  I would probably find a more permanent way to attach the art to the threads.  Drift wood,  stick and other organic material would be great to us in this configuration.

15 Variations For How To Display Your Beautiful Photography

Imagine art being hung from the top of the room like this!!  what a creative way to display Artwork.  The threads coming down from the ceiling could be made to become part of the artwork or a nylon string could be used so oi looks like the work is floating on the wall.

"stream of consciousness"~Wei Lin Yang

Hang the work from the ceiling and attach it to a structure on a table or if it is a large work on the floor.  this would be particularly effective if the artwork is a double sided piece.

Swinging Leaves Backdrop  :O

Hang small work with ribbons.  This is very effective with this piece because of its transparency and light floaty feel.
Eva Hesse

A piece of art could be hung between two pieces of wood or between two small canvases.  This works particularly well with pieces that can be seen through or have any transparent qualities.


Join together small similar pieces of work.  Try eyelets, thread, string,or even netting behind the artwork for a sense of floating art.  This wouldn't work with art that was very different in size, shape or composition,

Cool Idea: Alternative Art Hanging

Another way to hang a collection of work.

'Terrain' - Felt Textile Art


Another form of clip hanger.  This could work well with a narrow canvas too.

The Textiles Art Center

Shawls,  tablecloths or other drapey textiles could work well draped over a coat hanger or dress form.

Framed Crochet Wool Coral Reef Fiber Art by AddSomeStitches - Gorgeous textile art! Great texture - underwater fantasy...

Place the work inside a picture frame.  Small works would be more effective using this technique than large quilts.  This works well for this 3D textile piece.

So get your thinking creative thinking caps on and see what ways you can creatively hang work.

(I apologise for limited links for the artwork in this article....I had a brain fade :) and now I can't find the photos again. Sigh)

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