Design placement for the overlays

One corner of the frame mounted overlays held up by a small plastic pot

So, we left the overlays mounted, but determining placement wasn’t entirely straightforward.

I didn’t want the images of Akhenaten and Nefertiti over the whole panel, just over the sandy part of it..

The panel of the Map, with a mounted overlay propped up in front of it.

So once I was happy with the mounted gauzes, the glue was dry, and the glue pot firmly shut, I got the panels out, laid them on the floor and found some little pots to hold them up at the corners.

You can see from this photo that the gauze is fine enough that it is not going to interfere with the view of the panels – except for those who want to examine very closely, and I think we are going to be able to come up with something for them!

The panel of the Excavation with the original overlay of Nefertiti laid over the frame.

The mounted gauzes are bigger than the panels, deliberately, so I had to take that into account as well. You can see that I’ve not got Nefertiti quite right here – I was using the old overlay to work out placement – she’s too close to the centre.

The panel of the Map, with a secondary gauze of Akhenaten laid over the top, and some paper helping to mark where it is to lie.

Once I’d worked out where they were to be placed, I took copious notes. I had to work on the images from the back, because of the size of my padded mat, so I not only had to make sure I had the right placement – I had a story in my head for who would be in front of each panel, and they weren’t interchangeable!


  1. Sue Jones says:

    From seeing a photo of the gauzes at an angle, I think you have them fairly see through at the front and more eye-catching at the side. It would still be good to have the gauges hinged or otherwise demountable, for those who want to see the stitching clearly, and those whose eyesight isn’t able to cope with the double image. You’ve put the work in, you should show it off properly on request.

  2. Carolyn Foley says:

    I think you have found a good solution.