In this post I am addressing ways to prepare art for hanging that has been created on un stretched canvas such as art that we make during The Bodywriting Retreats for Women.
February 16, 2013 Bodywriters will be having another exhibit of their work, The Imprint of Women; 2013 Bodywriting Retreat Exhibit. AND you are invited!!
Some helpful hints on ways to present are below. If you would like to register to show your Bodywriting Art click here for details.
Art must be delivered by February 5 to Pamela Underwood Studio Poway, Ca to be in the show.
The art works below were all shown at the Cal State University San Marcos Bodywriting Retreat show in 2008 (except for the Maiden of Fire painting at the bottom of the page). They were chosen for the variety of ways they were made “Ready to Hang”. I will attempt to explain how each one was prepared. Of course, these are not the only ways to do this but they might get your imagination flowing when it comes to your own body print and what would work best for it.
This body print is a prayer. It has a casing at the top (the top of the canvas was draped back to form a pocket and stitched or glued) with a dowel inserted to hang on the wall. A scarf is draped over the dowel.
The bottom has a border of fabric with a series of small silk pouches attached, each with a treasure inside. The book in the center of the print holds a prayer. This visitor is reading a miniature version of the book. The artist made multiples of the small books as offerings that the viewer in invited to take with them.
Artist; Judy Reeves
This piece was stretched onto stretcher bars and hung
by a wire in back.
Artist; Kate McCavitt
This is not a very good shot but it is a cool application.
This artist created a patch quilt border for the top and the bottom of this print.
There is a dowel at the top from which it hangs.
Artist; Patricia Wilcox
There is a natural stick from which this canvas hangs that is lashed onto the top of this piece with ribbon.
The artist put grommets all the way around the perimeter of the canvas to ‘frame’ the art.
Artist; Laura Makey
This was a canvas print that the artist beaded, appliquéd, stitched and quilted. To finish it off she sewed a border of complimentary fabric around the perimeter and put loops on the back from which to hang.
Artist; Jane LaFazio
You can see clearly here the dowel or rod that is slipped through the ‘casing’ or ‘sleeve’ at the
top of the art. The heart and wings were then added as the finishing touch.
Artist: Julie Kelpin
There are a series of tabs that were looped at the top of this piece to insert
the painted dowel. See how the tab shape repeats the crossword
puzzle box shape? It was a great choice!
The artist took a piece of fabric and created a casing to hold a rod ,
finishing it off with a ric-rac trim which reflects all of the stitching that is in the body of the
Artist; Nancy Lemke
This artist added little collages along the right side of her print. To hang it she used drapery clips along the top. Artist; Sarah Gutz
The three pics above show a hanging method that I used on my painting “Maiden of Fire”, though it is not a body print, this is a very nice method to use. It has a grommet on either end and hangs on the wall from drapery hardware called Tie Backs. These tie backs happen to be birds. To me it feels as if the birds are actually lifting the painting into the air!
Artist; Pamela Underwood
HAVE FUN! If you have any ideas to add please leave a comment!