Answers from the HiveMind: Artist Hanging Kit

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The Question: Artists, curators and preparators! what is in your hanging kit? What supplies make it easy to hang an art show?

There was quite a bit of discussion about the use of sawhooks, easy solution vs. difficult to level, so a few of the protips address the sawhook debacle.

Pro tips:

  • You never know if you’re going to be hanging something 2 lbs or 200 lbs, come prepared with hardware of all sizes
  • As a preparator/curator, I require artists have their pieces ready to hang, so the preparator’s supplies are the tools needed to hang the piece. It’s good to have those nifty nails and hanger sets (minimal wall damage), and a level.
  • Getting to set your parameters and requirements from artists – makes it easier to hang a show! Specifying your requirements or having a contract (whether e-mail or in print)
  • Attach a length of string or twine to tape to the wall. You can pick the height you want all the art centered to and only make a few marks to erase. It also helps me have an overall visual “eye line” when my math skills fail. I also use the calculator and level apps on my phone
  • Sticky putty (the stuff you buy in office supplies) earthquake putty, to keep finicky pieces level is always a primo last chance bet on those pesky pieces that don’t want to stay level…aka sawtooth

Check list

Essential Tools

  • Two Hammers
  • Phillips and Standard screw driver
  • Power Drill
  • Staple Gun
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape
  • Level Suggested types
    • Long and short level
    • Bubble stick 48 ruler with a level in it
    • A laser level
    • Digital phone app

Supplies to have in stock:

  • Sticky putty (the stuff you buy in office supplies) OR earthquake putty
  • Twine
  • 3M Strips
  • ATG Tape Dispenser
  • Blue Tape
  • Pencil
    • Light blue colored pencil for marking walls leaves less conspicuous marks.
  • Eraser
    • Magic eraser
    • Kneaded eraser
  • Various sizes of hardware
    • Nails
    • Drywall anchors
    • Screws
    • Washers
    • J hooks
  • Hardware for the backs of frames
    • Eye hooks
    • Felt or clear pads
    • D-hooks
    • Sawtooth hangers
  • Wire
  • Thick Fishing Line

Prep work:

  • Spackle
  • Sanding block
  • Touch up paint
  • Brushes/ rollers
  • A jar of fast & quick

Extras and just for fun

  • gum
  • duct tape
  • final
  • iPod
  • Water bottle

Contributors: Lindsay Isenhart, Kyle Isbell, Derek Johnson, Saul Gray-Hildenbrand, Margaret Reed, Sara Bakker

I love the fact that the Facebook hivemind can be used to share personal experiences and resources. Sometimes I ask a question because I don’t know the answer, want to hear what my community has to say and lately I have been receiving requests from friends asking me to request very specific resources. The responses are generally useful but they get lost in the traffic of facebook so I thought they would be worth saving.

So this post is part of a series, Answers from the Hivemind

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