Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. To this end, Americans for the Arts works with cultural and arts service organizations as well as arts educators, arts administrators, artists, and the general public to provide leadership, research, visibility, professional development and advocacy to advance support and resources for the arts in communities across the country. Americans for the Arts continually advances awareness of the arts by pursuing programs and policies consistent with three organizational goals, stated simply: More money for the arts; Arts education for every child; and Community development through the arts.
I make lifelike mannequin figures and am making 10 miners for an underground gold mining exhibit. It is very damp, and damage to the clothing is a huge concern. I tried several other products, i.e. mildewcide sprays and brushed on polyester resin, but in a trial run, I still had problems. I finally was told to try the Liquitex Matte Medium. I have fully immersed some clothing but normally found brushing it on with a small roller the best way to apply it. While stiffening somewhat the clothing remained natural looking and has a finish that I'm confident will repel the water in this damp environment. The figures have not been installed yet but I'm pretty certain the outcome will be positive when they are.
I used this cutter and the extension beam to cut foamcore board. The cuts were clean as long as I adjusted the blade depth -- starting with just the tip of the blade. It took 3 passes, adjusting deeper each time, but the results were great.