Bergdala Spinnhus

Some ideas for display

I wanted to add some volume to the wearables I was displaying. Some kind of thick hanger...
Cardboard tubes was the solution - cheap, easy to come by and not what everyone else used.
Another way to use a cardboard tube:

Make a slit in the tube and push a flat dowel trough.

Make a hole for hanging the dowel, about 2/3 from the (intended) bottom end.

Depending on where the tube sits on the dowel, the angle shifts.

hanging shawl
hanging v-shawl
Hexagonal wire mesh is useful for many things. For a long time, I used the green plastic-coated variety, but now I have found that the galvanized mesh lets itself be painted with ordinary water-based paint. Clear lacquer on a pristine galvanized surface lets the mesh glitter (almost) like silver...
mannequin of wire
Formed over an ordinary dress form, carefully taken off and then tied with string to stabilize the form. It will not be a perfect size, but it is quite serviceable for looser garments.
Medium-sized mesh is fairly easy to sculpt, and suprprisingly stable.
If I can't hang my figures from the ceiling, I have fashioned a couple of stands. Three reinforcing irons (rust and all), threaded through a piece of iron tubing, bent to make "shoulders" and legs. A piece of clear garden hose over the feet to protect the floor surface.
The mesh torso is put over the bent irons.
folding iron stand
stand-alone mannequin
For displaying a scarf: a "scarf" in a three-layer-thick small-sized hex mesh put on a tripod. Where the ends are crossing, stiff wire acts as a distance. The woven scarf is threaded through, but may still need a pin or two to sit safely.
scarf display stand
My first try with plastic: bent with the help of a hair dryer. I have since tried a hot-air gun, with good results - be careful, though, it goes so much faster.

2 mm thick PVC plastic comes in sheets and is easy to cut. More expensive than wire mesh, but feels nicer for some applications.

plastic cardholder

A hanging display for brochures

The most complicated (to date): a display for 3 cushions.
The "buckets" have a high back, lower front and sides.
The bottom bucket is reinforced with an iron sheet. There is also a iron sheet at the very top, to make a complete cushion space at the top.
There is one continous many-ply wire (actually wire for electric fences) threaded through everything, with an iron ball at the bottom to make the whole thing heavy enough to be stable. I found the iron ball at the chimney-sweep corner of the ironmonger's.
The wire-stops (to stop the buckets sliding down) are fom a bicycle-supply shop.

brochure holder
cushion display
cushion display - detail
Ideas are for sharing - I'm glad if my ideas can be of any help for you!

  © Kerstin Fröberg 2006