Stretching canvas helps keep the work taut and is visually pleasing compared to a non-stretched canvas. It protects the work, which can then be hung with or without a frame.
We hand-stretch all canvases with care and skill. The aim is to be millitmetre perfect with the image as far as possible, while ensuring that the stretcher bars are as square as possible – it is surprising how many come to us which are far from square!
We have a choice of materials and methods. Canvases will go floppy over time and need to be ‘tapped out’ – if the corners have been fixed, as opposed to the use of canvas ‘wedges’, this process will not be possible, and your canvas will suffer over time.