Tensile Structure & Printing Fabrics
Mermet® fabrics can all be utilised to create structures are also suitable for painted and printed images.
By manufacturing their own yarn in-house Mermet® are able to keep control of both the mechanical and physical properties of their finished fabrics. By manufacturing their own coatings Mermet® can be sure that they are free of heavy metals and know how they will react when exposed to heat and/or ultra violet lighting. Control of the yarn ensures consistency in the finished fabric, crucial when barrels and arcs are being designed, their seams, mounting points and tensions calculated.
Weaving roll widths up to 3,100 mm (M-Screen 8505 and SV5 & 10%) facilitates the production of large panels with minimal use of intrusive joints. Weaving the different yarns at different densities (1, 3, 5 and 10% openness) when added to the solid but translucent dim out fabrics, and the solid and opaque black out fabrics, enable a wide range of lighting effects to be incorporated into the structures.
Back lighting, front projection and LEDs are all regularly used. Allied to the management of sound afforded by the acoustically transparent and absorbent fabrics, the designer has a massive range of effects available, even before they start to explore the 40 colours of M-Screen and the 30+ colours of Satine 5500. If the perfect colour isn't there, you could always consider digital printing.
Mermet® fabrics have for a long time proved a suitable substrate for painted and printed images. The fabric's inherent tendency to lie flat permits the image to be seen as intended, without the distraction of shadow and reflection caused by undulation.
Fabrics are available in wide rolls and can be hung in single piece long drops without the interruption of stiffening battens or physical joints.