Picture Perfect: Using textile as a projection surface in museums and galleries

There are so many uses for printed materials within the Arts sector, our blogs have barely scratched the surface, but there is also a market for the installation of certain elements into places such as museums, galleries, and theatres that have no printed element per se, but knowing about the right materials for the job could open up a new area of business never thought of before. Here, David Hunter explains more.

Many of our textile substrates are ideal as projection screens and can be used to project text, graphics, branding, and signage, creating welcoming entrances or unique information areas. Fabrics that have a certain amount of stretch in them mean they can be pulled taught to create the perfect projection tension. Digi Stretch from Aurich Textilien is an ideal candidate for this type of application – it’s soft, crease free and has a B1 fire rating which is essential for use in public spaces.

Textiles are so versatile they can be adapted to suit and fit any kind of space, and it doesn’t always have to be a conventionally flat projection screen; the Life Science Museum in Newcastle-upon-Tyne has made use of illuminated textile tunnels in an innovative way of bringing the projection into the exhibit itself making for a very tactile, almost interactive display. Textiles are so easy to install when used in conjunction with frames, we’re seeing a big increase in this type of application use.

With many textiles available in up to 5m widths, it’s possible to cover entire walls with textile in one easy-to-install piece. Printed elements can be combined with non-printed elements to expand the customer experience, which is achievable with paper transfer or direct to textile printing methods. There’s also the environmental benefits of providing textile applications and printing, which is becoming increasingly important; many textiles are recyclable and because they’re lightweight they are easier to transport, reducing carbon emissions. Bigger organisations are now specifying greener products, so if you’re providing a textile printing side to your business then you’re in with a chance of winning these types of contract.

It can be a little daunting exploring niche areas like projection surfaces, but we’re here to offer advice if you’d like to know more about this sector of the market, why not get in touch with Soyang? kerrie@soyang.co.uk