Yvonne de Mille is a New Zealand artist who has been working and teaching in various creative fields, and producing fabrics and textiles sculptures for over 28 years.
She is internationally recognised for her skills, her work appearing in exhibitions and sponsored commissions in many countries around the world.
Yvonne is well known for using brightly coloured sail fabrics and hand dyed silks to make banners, pennants and highly original kites. Many of these are very large indeed.
Her latest project is a banner installation in the foyer of the New Zealand National Library in Wellington.
This atrium area receives alot of light, and since the banners are made of fine silk, Yvonne was concerned about colour fading.
She contacted us for a solution.
We were able to provide our Solar Shield fabric protection spray to protect the silk banners against the tremendous amount of UV rays to which they will be exposed.
If you have been lucky enough to experience the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, and enjoy the spectacular views available when you reach the summit, you would also know that you can't go wandering up in any old piece of attire you happened to throw on that morning. The iPhone hurtling from your pocket would gather up the velocity of a bullet, and create even more chaos to the beloved Sydney traffic below.
No, first you need to complete the Pre-Climb Preparation Procedure, which includes 'suiting up'.
These snazzy blue, black and grey overalls are designed to keep everybody safe, and you looking good.
You will look even better now, since the company have purchased our patented formula, Ray and Rain, fabric protection spray.
Your snazzy overalls are now protected against fading, they are waterproofed and resistant to dirt and stains. That's Sun, Rain 'n' Stain.
One you can drink, the other you can crack against the bow of a ship as you launch it !
Seriously. Don't drink your Solar Shield spray. Yes, it is non toxic, EPA approved, environmentally friendly, and smells nice, but please don't drink it. Please.
When Julie and Marty Blackmore took possession of their brand new apartment, in the fabulously unique 'Two Girls' building, in Abbotsford, inner city Melbourne, naturally the first thing they did was crack a bottle of Dom Perignon, Vintage 2004, to celebrate the event.
The second thing they did was set about researching what they could do to protect their furniture from fading. Their lounge is directly north facing, and cops the full force of Melbourne sun, which can be fierce. Not wanting to obscure their impressive cityscape view with constantly drawn blinds or curtains, they demanded a better option.
The main item to be protected was the centrepiece imported Danish buffalo leather couch. Fifty years old, it had already faded considerably and they were keen to stop or slow down that process.
The couch is a beautiful, stylish piece, and they just don't build them like this anymore. For one thing, Denmark has run out of buffalos. And secondly, they just don't build them like this anymore. You cannot replace the true patina of age and class.
We recommended our Solar Shield spray be applied. This ensures that fading and damage from the ultra violet rays of the sun will be considerably reduced. The look and feel of the buffalo leather will not be changed in any way, and it will also be protected against stains and spills. In other words, the life of this piece will be extended, and it will look better for longer. At least another 50 and more.
We are often asked what types of fabrics and textiles can our sprays be used upon. Is leather even a fabric? The answer is our sprays will protect every type of fabric, but will not work on vinyl, or what is known as 'protected' leather. Thats 'fake' leather, which can often be found in motor vehicle upholstery.
Our products work just fine on real leather though. Good quality leather will enjoy good quality protection. Not a problem.
In fact, all our sprays work better, on better quality fabric. That stands to reason. Cheap fabric, using second rate dyes with third rate colour 'fastness', will be protected, but not as well. Sun fading will be retarded, but not as much. The waterproof barrier will be applied, but won't last as long. You will have some stain protection, but...you get the picture.
All of that is the subject of another blog post, at another time.
Meanwhile, round at the Two Girls building, the Blackmores are curled up on their 50 year old Danish buffalo leather couch. They are not adding their ages to that of the couch, to come up with an astronomical number. That is not their style. The '04' Dom has mysteriously evaporated. All is right with the world.
Last time you saw him he was wearing work boots, high vis orange vest, and Giorgio Armani shades.
This time he's Vestless, but he's still sporting the Armani's.
We reckoned he must wear them to bed, and he didn't say he didn't.
Chucky is going to prove to you how amazing Ray and Rain is, for waterproofing and protecting fabrics.
You won't believe your eyes !
(Video) Remember Pete ? He convinced us to put him back in front of the camera !