It’s amazing what you can do with a big white room. First we got the floor looms and the yarn in, set up the warping boards etc etc and made it all weave-friendly. Then we moved in the table looms and, after much rearrangement, got them organised for workshops. The next evolutionary step is necessary because I am going to start selling some work online again. More on this later: the crucial point is that I am joining a curated craft website — which I hope will be a good shop window for scarves, wraps and other largeish items — and that this website has very clear directions regarding product photography. I have put off doing this properly for quite a while, but the new space makes it a lot easier.
We bought three things: a roll of backdrop paper (from an online photography supplies store), a length of copper pipe and a pair of wooden brackets intended for curtain poles (both from B & Q). The wooden brackets are now fixed to the wall of the studio. The copper pipe resides in the centre of the paper roll and both live happily together in their cardboard box. When required, they can easily be slid from the box and lifted in and out of the wooden brackets. Stuart has bestowed upon me a selection of clamps which he doesn’t much like as he finds them too small. When the pipe is in situ and the clamps are applied we have this:
Below the paper roll our old wallpaper pasting table (which last saw wallpapering action in the twentieth century) makes a suitable surface. And there is no shortage of material on hand for weighting down the paper.
The whole thing is nearly three metres wide, so the middly bit between the cones is more than ample for photographing scarves. When Pat was visiting, she was very keen for me to use this wall as my design wall — and what I like about this arrangement is that I can do both. The backdrop paper will cover up anything I put here.
While some technical processes hold no fear for me whatsoever, I must admit that the operation of a camera — a ‘proper’ camera, with its f-stops and whatnot — does make me glaze over. It is therefore a great relief to me that Stuart is willing to make textile photography his new hobby. (Fortunately he has a PhD in physics, giving him an instant advantage over me when it comes to remembering What Stuff Means.) So as well as the muscle, he is now also the brains of this outfit, which leaves me primping scarves, making the tea and handing round the biscuits.
Anyway, for a man who has only had a camera for a month, I reckon he is doing not-bad-at-all.