Clothesline Photo Display
I've seen this done in magazines a million times, but never got around to doing it myself. But now we have so many photos from our trip to Puerto Rico and lack the money for a nice album, C. and I thought we'd give it a try. It's not half-bad, though I admit it would look lots snappier were our room actually painted. We've been "planning" to paint for three years. Anyway, this project is nice because it fills one of our gigantic blank walls. One can rotate the display to show all sorts of things (letters, dye cuts, porn, if that's your thing).
Anyhoo, here's what you need:
butcher string, twine, or comparable thick string
The project is relatively self-explanatory. Just remember to measure across the room and from the floor to the nails to ensure your nails are even.
You could substitute wire and steel alligator clips instead of string and clothespins for a more industrial feel.
Posted by jessica at April 3, 2004 5:46 PM
Boy, a girl goes over to read Chris' latest (make that last few latest -- it was a busy week) and behold! Two new posts. I don't know how you do it lady. Love the clothespin idea. The blue in your photos is really lovely. It looks great. Nice job!
I love this idea. Great way to display photos. I did this a long time ago with rope and adored it's affect. However, speaking from experience, after a while, my photos curled. I had them up for a pretty long time, with almost no rotation. So maybe something can be done to the photos that prevent them from curling? Not sure.
P.S. Great site.
I love this idea. Great way to display photos. I did this a long time ago with rope and adored it's effect. However, speaking from experience, after a while, my photos curled. I had them up for a pretty long time, with almost no rotation. So maybe something can be done to the photos that prevent them from curling? Not sure.
P.S. Great site.
thanks, donna! actually, i've noticed some of the photos have already started to curl :(. the only thing i can think of to prevent it would be sticking an extra clothespin on hte bottom of the ones that are problematic.
eventually, though, i think i'll just use this to display regular paper stuff, like postcards, or poems, or something else.
anyone have ideas of other things that would be good to display like this?
Hi from Indy! Even when I'm out of town you can't get rid of me, Jess! :)
Re: your question...
What about collections? I once saw a lady hang her collection of vintage white gloves. Vintage pennants could be cool. I also think you're on to something with your postcard idea, but I wouldn't limit yourself to just that format. Any paper ephemera (What about old Valentine's in Feb?) could be fun.
Oh, and if you're feeling like gambling (har-har) with your set-up, you could try pinning up some playing cards (fronts and backs). Oversized and regular. Fancy decks and cheesy vintage decks. It might could be cool. Especially if one row was all kings (for Chris) and the other was all queens (for you).
Okay, ths is my last post. I promise! But in October, wouldn't it be rad if you put up a bunch of those old school plastic masks made for kids to wear when they go trick-or-treating? You know, the ones with the walnut shaped holes for your eyes and quarter slot holes for your mouth?
Last fall, CSA in Minneapolis (http://www.csadesign.com/Halloween/Halloween.html) did a whole line for Target based on this iconagraphic bit of Americana for their fall collection and I have to admit it was the retro masks that stayed with me. Try this query on ebay (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&catref=C6&from=R10&query=halloween+mask+vintage&sacategory=907%26catref%3DC6&bs=Search&sapricelo=&sapricehi=&soloctog=9&sosortproperty=1%26sosortorder%3D1) and just see how long you can hold back from doing a little buying! I'm tempted myself. :)
Seriously, though... doesn't seeing this bring back memories of the eighties?
oh, i love the mask idea, joy, especially the paper ones from the '30s, like this:
and this japanese one:
and this little dude: