18 April 2015
We've worked to make sure that hanging your fabric picture is as simple and successful as it can be. We include instructions with your image for an easy and quick install. This way you'll have a good result and, we hope, be delighted. We have installed many of these and have determined the best technique for installation.
A: Know the size of your image and determine, with the help of a ladder and a level, where the top of the image should be. Using the level and a light pencil, draw a line along the top where the image will be.
B: Find a friend to help. Carefully hang the image by the adhesive stip at the top, starting in one corner, removing the backing to the adhesive and adhering to your wall along the straight line you've sketched on the wall.
We find that the adhesive is able to come off the wall and re-attach to the wall fairly easily and is preferable to trying to adjust by removing the fabric from the velcro. The fabric can become slightly misshapen if its attached and reattached to the velcro too frequently. Try to minimize stress on the fabric. The velcro behaves as a slightly rigid top support that makes installation easier. It's preferable to have one or a couple small wrinkles than to try to adjust the image too much. Fiddling too much can eventually cause the fabric to loose its shape. It's a tapestry, it's ok if there are a couple wrinkles, don't worry. Do your best.
Using a few pieces of the adhesive that we include, adhere the lower corners with pieces. Don't cut the pieces too small or too much tension will be placed on that piece. Use any additional adhesive to attach sides or the bottom. There should be some adhesive left over.
C: Stand back and marvel at your masterpiece!
18 April 2015
The success of decorative tapestry can be partially explained by its portability (Le Corbusier (more) once called tapestries "nomadic murals"). Kings and noblemen could roll up and transport tapestries from one residence to another. In churches, they were displayed on special occasions. Tapestries were also draped on the walls of castles for insulation during winter, as well as for decorative display.
Pictured is the "The Unicorn in Captivity," one of seven individual hangings in NYC's Metropolitan Museum known as "The Unicorn Tapestries," are among the most beautiful and complex works of art from the late Middle Ages that survive. Luxuriously woven in fine wool and silk with silver and gilded threads, the tapestries vividly depict scenes associated with a hunt for the elusive, magical unicorn.
"The Unicorn in Captivity" may have been created as a single image rather than part of a series. In this instance, the unicorn probably represents the beloved tamed. He is tethered to a tree and constrained by a fence, but the chain is not secure and the fence is low enough to leap over: The unicorn could escape if he wished. Clearly, however, his confinement is a happy one, to which the ripe, seed-laden pomegranates in the tree—a medieval symbol of fertility and marriage—testify. The red stains on his flank do not appear to be blood, as there are no visible wounds like those in the hunting series; rather, they represent juice dripping from bursting pomegranates above. Many of the other plants represented here, such as wild orchid, bistort, and thistle, echo this theme of marriage and procreation: they were acclaimed in the Middle Ages as fertility aids for both men and women. Even the little frog, nestled among the violets at the lower right, was cited by medieval writers for its noisy mating.
18 April 2015
Your fabric picture is printed in Sweden in our workshop, cut on a table cutter and then sewn with a lovely merrow stitch finish around each edge. We use a printer that we engineered and built ourselves and have perfected over 27 years. The adhesive is from the Netherlands and the water-based ink is made in Germany. Fabric picture is related to a printing company called Big Image Systems. We have two factories, one in Germany in Babelsberg, near Berlin, and the other in Taby, Sweden, near Stockholm.
The merrowed edge.