Posters were originally printed on light and fragile paper to be quickly pasted up in the street.
The process of laying down posters on cotton linen is an important archival technique of conservation, as well as adding aesthetic value.
Linen backing involves the poster being mounted with wheat paste onto acid free paper and then adhered to canvas. As well as nourishing the work and stopping the paper from becoming brittle, this process gives better stability to the piece, ensuring the best possible presentation.
Significantly, it is a reversible archival process and a poster can easily be lifted off a linen support backing.
Our linen backer is the only qualified restorer and backer of vintage posters in Australia; Michael Brewster in Sydney.