When designing the pleated three-dimensional tapestry “It Depends On Your Point Of View III” (ATB-I), I anticipated that an armature would be needed to hold each folded section in position. I wove in metal rods at each fold location to facilitate the folding, and planned to hold each rod in position with the armature. Although I had some preliminary ideas, I wanted to evaluate the completed tapestry before deciding on the armature’s type and form. After removing the tapestry from the loom, and folding, then lashing the back rods together, I discovered that the tapestry folds held in position quite well, and would not require an armature. The piece was very heavy so the challenge then became how to provide a sturdy hanging device.
After seeing the tapestry installed, I recognized the desirability of having the wood strip painted the same color as the wall -- didn't think of that, and guess I would have to be psychic to anticipate wall color at each of the venues. Live and learn!
(below) Judy Schuster, It Depends on Your Point of View III, 36” x 25”