Stretching and Mounting

 

All Revival Art pieces are hand stretched by skilled framers to ensure the highest quality of care is taken. We only use kiln-dried, bevelled stretch bars made from sustainable fir or pine. The kiln drying process ensures that the wood contains less than 14% moisture content and so minimises warping and distortion, whilst the bevelling improves canvas tension and edge definition.

 

Various stretching options are available, all of which can accommodate a frame around the stretch bar:

 

Standard stretching 

This is where the whole image is carefully shown on the front with none on the sides. The staples are applied on the back of the stretch board and do not show. This method gives a clean display that enhances the beauty of the artwork. Typically a thinner stretcher bar is used to allow art to mount inside an outer frame and lie flush against a wall.

 

Museum stretching 

Here the whole image is displayed on the front of the piece with plain white canvas showing on the sides allowing it be displayed without a frame. The staples are applied on the back of the stretch board and do not show. In some cases the client prefers the sides to be painted black, or with a colour that is complementary to the colours in the painting.

 

Gallery stretching 

In this scenario the image is wrapped around the sides of the stretch board. The staples are applied on the back of the stretch board out of sight, but the image itself continues from the front around the sides. This gives the artwork life from the sides and allows viewers to move around the piece whilst remaining involved.

 

Custom stretching 

To illustrate just one example, some hotel chains request we use an MDF backing mounted over the stretch bar and placed immediately behind the artwork. This method ‘invisibly supports’ the artwork, increasing durability and preventing distortion of the canvas due to any mishandling. 

In addition to the various stretching methods, Revival Art offers a full range of hanging and mounting options, the two most common being:

 

• Wired hanging fixtures (suitable for home or office environments)

• ‘J-rail security mounting system’ (commercial properties seeking secure wall mounting)