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I have a display question for fiber artists.  I hand dye silk (Shibori) and have just decided to move to using pro panels with waterfall racks.  Initially i had thought of putting each piece on a hanger, and hanging them on the waterfall racks so they cascade down neatly revealing the pattern in the silk but my business partner suggested instead to just hang the silk from the waterfall hooks in loose knots, allowing me to place 2-3 waterfall racks per panel.  I should have taken pictures of my playing with the displays in my basement, but i did not, so these are pictures on the internet of examples of the ideas... hangers, vs loosely knot hung.  Which appeals more?  

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Comment by Jeri Vitello on April 3, 2015 at 1:14pm

I too am a fiber artist and struggle with how to best display my weaving (scarves).  In my humble opinion, the more you can show of the design and color the more ever that happens.

I am intrigued by your use of pro panels. Anxious to see how that works and what you decide to do.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on April 3, 2015 at 1:24pm
Thanks... Hope we run into each other at an art fair this year.
Comment by Tina Pietsch on April 3, 2015 at 10:41pm
The second pic much more attractive as you see all the colors. Think of a variety, in my opinion, try some neatly rolled and on trays or baskets. I think of how I have seen displays at retail stores, and you want to draw them into your tent. The slack type hangars shown are rather boring. I use a bust type mannequin on a stand to show how great my cross body bags are worn, and it is at the front of my tent. Good luck.....I find myself always wanting to mix things up!
Comment by BonNette Iocovozzi on April 6, 2015 at 10:58pm
I also make scarves and am always trying to figure out how to display them so they don't just look like a piece of fabric. I don't love the hanger method although the design is easily seen. Making the knot makes me cringe for all the wrinkles. Maybe instead of the large hangers in your photo, you could use children's clothing size hangers. You'd be able to get more waterfalls on the panel but the scarf would still be folded neatly, just narrower than pictured.
Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on April 7, 2015 at 6:30am
Great suggestions. Thank you
Comment by Manda Brezicky on April 8, 2015 at 8:51am

I think the issue with a display like the first picture, is that some of the scarves are going to be hidden. I also personally find it more visually appealing to have them side by side, plus you could then play with color combinations to attract customers' eyes.

As for hangers...I don't know, I think people are probably more likely to pick up the actual scarf (as opposed to the hanger with the scarf on it) if it's off the hanger. And maybe it's one of those cheap sales tricks, but people are more likely to buy something that's in their hands.

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 8, 2015 at 9:14am

Here is one of my favorites, Barbara. It is the booth of Ana Petercic and I took the photo at the Krasl Art Fair -- so this is an outdoor booth, albeit the weather was perfect:

See it in context right here:

I like all the different ways she has displayed her scarves, etc.

Comment by Christina L. Towell on April 11, 2015 at 10:43am

That's a great booth shot, all the ways she has her scarves displayed.  I agree with Manda, I like the idea of being able to see all the colors and the displays set up so that I don't feel intimidated by touching the product.  If they are neatly folded and on a hanger, I'd be less inclined to want to unfold and try on.  So, I'm voting for the (loosely) knotted photo as opposed to the unfriendly hanger photo.

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on April 13, 2015 at 8:57am

Comment by Barbara Pitorak Bloom on April 13, 2015 at 9:07am


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