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.
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.
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.
The Klager is a very high quality pressure spray bottle, manufactured in Germany.
- We like it because it provides you with three very useful benefits.
- First, it will successfully provide uniform spray coverage. This is important, as our sprays work best when applied lightly. We don't want you to 'soak' your fabric.
- Second, it is fast. You can easily spray large areas, in a matter of minutes.
- This is achieved because the Klager is equiped with a pressure pump plunger. A few pumps, and you are ready to go.
- Third, this sprayer is made of high quality industrial materials, that are resistant to solvents. This means it will last you a long time. You can use it for all manner of sprays, solvents, cleaners, and it won't break down.
- Automatic safety pressure valve, VITON seals, 0.8mm adjustable nylon nozzle, heavy duty head and pump.
Our range of fabric protective sprays have been tested, proven and available for a number of years in the USA, but are only now available for the first time in Australia and New Zealand.
Fabric Protection Sprays was founded in 2014, as a direct result of the Principals, Geoff and Alison Van Der Meer scouring the world for a product that would protect their new charcoal coloured lounge suite from fading, spillage and stains. The harsh Australian sun had turned their previous couch setting almost white, and the children and grandchildren, as can be expected, covered it in stains.
After following a number of false leads, their extensive research and due diligence lead them to identify the Solar Shield, Ray and Rain, and Solar Seal ranges of fabric protection sprays, as the only products that would do the job. In fact, the products did a lot more as well. They discovered that these sprays would give protection to all sorts of fabrics, both Indoor and Outdoor. The sprays were versatile, could be applied to all sorts of items, and they worked.
Securing the marketing and distribution rights for Australia and New Zealand, they formed Fabric Protection Sprays, deciding their name should precisely describe what they do. They set about the development of a Website and Online shop, that would ensure the means to provide relevant information, and efficiently and cost effectively deliver these ranges of protective sprays into those marketplaces.
Based in Sydney, Australia, where the sun can be unforgiving one minute, and the rain torrential the next, theye use these products because they are effective, and they are affordable. Their mission is to help others extend the life of their own fabrics as well.
Charles (Chucky) Van Der Meer, looking resplendent in orange high visibility vest, borrowed work boots and Giorgio Armani sunglasses, at Port Botany docks, Sydney, waiting to collect our first shipment of fabric protection sprays, in to Australia.
Initially, he didn't didn't have his hands in his pockets, wasn't reclining enough against the van, and was nearly ordered off the site.
After some serious waiting time, social media catch-up, games and, 'gee, that's a big crane', we watched our shrink-wrapped pallet successfully fork-lifted into the back of the mighty VW Caddy with nano-millimetres clearance all around.
Everything arrived safely. Tooling up the freeway, the back of the van chock-a-block full of our new cartons of sprays, the mighty Caddy didn't miss a beat.