Hanging by a Thread Exhibition - Ideas and Inspirations for 2D Hung Work

February 23, 2020

Hanging by a Thread Exhibition

Ideas for the 3m x 50cm - 75cm Hanging Work

Please note:  While the dimensions are similar to the “Naturally” Exhibition at the Moore’s Building, the theme is different.  There are lots of possibilities in “Hanging by a Thread”.

 1.   The work can consist of several small pieces, hanging freely side-by-side, or loosely linked in some way

2.   The entire length need not be a fabric.  String, cords, wire and other materials can extend out of the fabric

3.   The 3m work can have depth created by layering materials – fabric, paper, wadding, wire, rattan.  Padding could be backed or left exposed 

Padding with backing
Exposed Back

4.   The 3m length can be made up of smaller works joined together.  If the work is not sold as a single piece, it can be disassembled – dyed scarves?  Could the fabric become a garment is it isn’t sold?  Work as a ‘sustainable’ piece!

Works for knitted, crochet, applique,patchwork processes.  Lifecycle – think about the end use of the textile – this could be mapped or documented onto the fabric, as part of the art work .   Lifecycle – think about the end use of the textile – this could be mapped or documented onto the fabric, as part of the art work

5. Not all the 3 meter x 50cm – 75cm area needs to worked.  The viewer is pushed to focus on exquisitely made, tiny jewel like work is it is placed within the contrasting, plain material

Worked piece. Insert into a plain, large piece of support material

Consider what attachments/ fasteners you could use - studs, cords and eyelets, glue, stitching, applique ….

Background material …. Silk organza, heavy canvas, garment patterns, painters’ drop sheets, felt, net, webbing, interfacing …..

6. Double-sided work.  Although the work will be visible from both sides, this does not mean the work needs to be neatly finished on the back, or be identical to the front.

A wide work could simply be folded back on to itself, so the front and back are identical

The back could be used to celebrate the maker and the process of making.  Loose, untidy threads;  A scorch mark; stains and perspiration marks;  rough plans/sketches/notes that document the making on the front side;  A list of dates and times that record the time taken to make?

Should you celebrate the marking, and not just the end result?  This side need not be aesthetically pleasing.

If it is left blank what does it say? Newness?  Loss?  Disappearance?

More Inspiration ……

 ·       Visit the Fibre Exhibition at Holmes a Court Gallery@no.10 to see some hanging work.

 ·       The Lawrence Wilson Gallery at UWA has some delicate, simple lengths of fabric hung as a series.  Michele Elliot made “Tender Cloths” as part of an art residency at Tender Funerals in Port Kembla, NSW.


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