Believe it or not, there is nowhere online that you can buy an already stretched organic cotton canvas! So I’ve decided to do it myself, along with applying a non-toxic gesso primer. Inspired by the documentary The Trust Cost, I was appalled by the toxic effects of the cotton/garment industries (not to mention the dehumanizing labor, in most cases) and wanted to see what I could do on a personal level.
Here are the supplies I am working with:
- FSC Certified Wooden Stretcher Bars from sustainably managed forests in Wisconsin
- Organic Cotton Canvas from Texas
- Cast Iron Canvas Pliers
- Staple Gun
- Non-Toxic Gesso package (mix it yourself) containing of methyl cellulose glue (a natural, plant-based glue) and powdered limestone
While making it yourself takes longer than buying it already made, I am enjoying constructing the canvases! The organic cotton feels so soft. And there is a nice feeling about making something yourself that wasn’t mass-produced somewhere in a factory.