Saturday, September 12, 2009

Hanging Quilts Like Paintings

Recently my work has hung in two art galleries that could not use the slat and sleeve system for hanging quilts. I have used the system in the photo at left that simply runs a wire through the slat. Then the wire is stapled to the slat through the sleeve. This keeps the wire from showing above the quilt.

In this case, one of my pieces was on loan from its owner, so I did not want to put staples into the quilt sleeve.

I had heard of quilters using a velcro system and wanted to experiment with that. My newest pieces did not have sleeves, older work did. Being a bit lazy, I wanted a system that would work for both.

I purchased 3/4" velco and 1 1/4" twill tape in several colors to blend with the backs. I machine sewed the soft side of the velcro down the middle of the twill tape in long strips. Once sewn, I cut it into 4" strips.

Since the Walker System for my solo show had a 5" wide metal bar that was about 3" high, I hand sewed velcro strips to the bottom of the sleeves or about 4 inches below the top of the quilt. This ensured that the Walker System would not show above the quilts. It also allowed the slats to go through the 4" sleeves for other uses.

My DH lined up short strips of the hook side of the velcro on the slats to match the placement on the quilts. He glued the velcro to the slats; once dry he stapled the velcro to the slats for extra security. See photo 2.

The dear man is very precise. He wanted a really slick presentation.

At the center of the slats, he drilled large holes 6.5" apart through the slat face. He then drilled a small hole from the top of the slat through to the large hole.

This photo shows the details of the slat with its drilled holes, cord and knots. Once the holes were drilled, he threaded a strong, non-stretching cord through the holes and tied knots inside each large hole. He then hit each knot with glue. Once dry, he cut the cords short to be inside the slat.

The system worked beautifully. See the former post about my solo show to see some of work hung in this manner. Let me know if you have questions or need more information about this system.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Regeneration: Solo Show Opens in Chapel Hill NC

Susan E Brown and friend examining Southern Hospitality

Marni Goldshlag of the CCUU in Chapel Hill curated my solo show that will be in her church sanctuary from September 6 to October 25. It was a real thrill to see so many of my recent pieces hanging in the same space. Several friends from the Triangle came over for the reception. Great to see people I knew.

Marni selected the large floral Pelton’s Rose-Gentian to hang in the front of the sanctuary with Late Summer Dawn to the left of it. It was great to have an artist's eyes in someone more objective to give the starting point and final arrangement suggestions. Thanks, Marni!!
Here’s Marni posing for the photographer in front of Parallels and After the Frost.
Great colors, Marni!!

Another viewer is studying my Fall Series in photo 4.

Congregational members were very kind in coming early to church to see the work and stayed to talk afterwards. What a terrific experience all around in a great venue for my work.
Hope this peek of my solo show will be interesting to you. Please let me know.
If you are in the area, I hope you will check it out.
Community Church, 106 Purefoy Rd, Chapel Hill, NC
Sanctuary is open 11-2 Monday through Friday
Sunday before and after services. Services are at 9:30 and 11:15

Keep quilting


Southern Hospitality (26"x38")

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