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Does anyone know of or have access to tests of flexible supports that include synthetic canvases? I clearly remember mention of an ongoing test comparing flexible supports on the no longer available AMIEN forums. The thread was a discussion on synthetic canvas and indicated that at least some synthetics greatly out-performed traditional canvas.
I was so impressed that I eventually asked a textile designer for help producing a heavier-weight synthetic canvas that is wider and more affordable than I could find on my own. I've been working with this canvas for a few years, and recently interviewed the designer (Scott Bodenner) about the project. Talking to someone with a textile industry point of view was fascinating. There are differences in how testing is done for commercial textiles and also a concern for recycling and sustainability that I don't encounter much in reading about artist materials. The interview is posted on my own website at:
But I'd still really like to know how the test I saw mentioned on AMIEN turned out! Fingers crossed someone remembers what that was...
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Thanks for the post. Lets hope others are aware of the discussion. Here are a couple of threads on similar subjects.
You may also want to track down this paper that is referenced at the end of my reply..
Queen's University. Department of art
Title of Source:
Determination of the appropriate support characteristics for the lining of paintings
Date of Publication:
39 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.
ca. 60 bibliog. refs.
Master of art conservation
Subject Keywords English:
analysis;Test;Linen;Synthetic fibre;Synthetic resin;Evaluation;Research
Subject Keywords French:
toile;Examen;Résistance à la
tension;Contrainte;Déformation;Mesure;Analyse qualitative;Essai;Tissu de
lin;Fibre synthétique;Résine synthétique;Evaluation;Projet de recherche
Subject Material Test:
Dacron monofilament sailcloth;White polyester;Brown Sunbrella;Linen;Cuben fibre cloth;Beva 371
This research project examined the requirements for a lining material
used to line painting on canvas. A good lining material has high
chemical stability, a high Young's modulus, high strength,
non-hygroscopic properties, good chafe resistance, and desirable
properties such as a smooth surface, good adherence to lining adhesives,
good transparency and isotropic behavior. The testing started with the
examination of a painting's substrate and quantifying what it's needs
were. The lining materials typically used in the past do not meet most
of these criteria. Several materials were compared to see which of these
materials would best support a painting's substrate. The materials that
were looked at included Cuben fiber, Dacron monofilament sailcloth,
white polyester, brown Sunbrella, and linen. The testing looked at the
structural needs, the aesthetic concerns and real world applications.
Cuben fiber cloth's properties meet more of the requirements for an
ideal lining material then any cloth used today.
Location of Document:
Kingston Report 288
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