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What is Cotton Duck?

A Cotton Duck?! I am often asked about why canvas is called cotton duck. Well here is a brief history lesson…. The word canvas is derived from the 13th century Anglo-French canevaz and the Old French canevas. Both may be derivatives of the Vulgar Latin cannapaceus for "made of hemp," originating from the Greek κάνναβις (cannabis). Canvas is usually made...

A Perfect Tension: the art and craft of making artists’ canvases

Stretched canvas maker Alanah Tocker freely admits she has an obsession with timber. With more than ten years of industry experience, Alanah joined Felt a year ago to offer her high quality, fully customised painting surfaces as Stretched – a very appropriate name! Alanah starts with New Zealand first...