I started making canvases as an attempt to minimize and mitigate my impact as an artist. I order bulk canvas, bulk gesso, and source lumber from local sawmills for frames to support my community's economy and ensure quality. The craftsmanship and quality - not to mention ecologically friendly nature - of these canvases no doubt outshine the mass-produced plastic-wrapped variety found at any given big-name craft store. Additionally, I can make canvas dimensions to fit my artistic needs rather than conform to what's available at stores.
With an award from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council in October, 2019, I was able to purchase supplies to further explore this craft, and see how efficient I could make the process. Below are some photos of the canvas building process. I plan on teaching several canvas-building classes during my November 2020-January 2021 exhibit Waking Winter at the Duluth Folk School.
If you have questions about the process, would like to learn how to build canvases, or are looking for a custom-sized canvas, send me an email!