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  • 'Tyvek' and its use in artApproveRejectUn-ApproveSubscribeUn-Unsubscribe
    Question asked 2016-12-07 20:08:20 ... Most recent comment 2016-12-08 01:39:00
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    Along the question about 'Terraskin', I want to know more about 'Tyvek'-- I have seen it used in a few installations recently, in sculptural applications. Other than the convenience and weight factor (compared to an actual heavy sculpture), what are your thoughts about its use? Best practice?

    And can this be adhered to canvas for dimensional effects? If yes, what did you use to adhere and how would you protect it for the future?

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  • ApproveRejectUn-ApproveUser CommentIf flash spun HDPE is going to be used in making art, it should be protected from UV and oxidants, since is likely to be vulnerable to both, since it is designed to be used inside of buildings. Due to its interstitial structure, it can be bonded a wide variety of adhesives that will penetrate and set.
    2016-12-07 22:10:47
  • EditDeleteModerator AnswerHere is a short blurb on Tyvek that can be found in our "Storage, Exhibition, and Handling" Document that can be found in the resources section: DupontTM Tyvek (flashspun nonwoven high density polyethylene) paper is an alternative to glassine and is a highly recommended product. It is available in both a soft textile-like finish and a slick, smooth finish. This high-density polyethylene paper can be used for long-term storage (as an interleaf material) and for transportation/packing purposes.

    As far as using this material for sculptural purposes I cannot see too many problems with using "hard" Tyvek but again that would depend on several factors, particularly considering other materials that might be used. As for adhering to canvas I imagine you are talking about doing collage work? I have no idea about longevity (it would truly be difficult to maintain the integrity of the "sculptural" elements in the long-term but not impossible I suppose. Adhering Tyvek to canvas might get tricky...I suspect an acrylic dispersion gel might work but we can ask our other moderators about that. Also there are several different types of Tyvek as well...another subject that our paper/exhibition experts can weigh in on as well.

    Kristin deGhetaldi
    2016-12-08 01:33:50

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