Custom Printing and Framing now Available
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY & PRINT
Fine art photography begins with the artist/photographer. All the printing technology available cannot make up for a poor photograph. But if that photograph is to make it's way to print, you must have professional equipment. Recently we invested in new printing technology which enables us to create our own prints in-house, but to standards previously only produced by fine art print shops. The wide variety of inks and papers available to us today allows us to create prints of unprecedented longevity - much greater than traditional photographic print techniques.
You'll hear the term Giclée printing used interchangeably with ink-jet printing. It's a term used to describe the method of laying down ink on paper to create a photograph. Giclée is an advanced digital printmaking technology involving archival quality inks that are finely jet streamed onto fine archival papers. Giclée printing provides superior color accuracy and incredible detail over other modes of reproduction. The quality that's available now is far superior to anything we've been able to produce in the past.
At the core of this new technology is the ink set we use in our large format professional printers. It is an 11 color ink (including a photo black and a matte black) set that is made with pigments rather than dyes. The advantage of pigment ink is that it's very stable and less prone to fading than the typical dye-based inks found in consumer quality ink-jet printers. A whole new technology of printer equipment needed to develop to take advantage of these inks. Not only are the colors richer and brighter than ever before, but the new set includes varying shades of black to create incredibly rich detail in black & white photography. These new inks will allow you to enjoy your artwork for decades and generations.
The paper selection available for Fine Art Printing, especially of photography, has never been better. We have at our disposal a variety of fine art papers that re 100% archival in nature such as Epson's Cold Press Paper. It has a textured matte finish that is 100% cotton fibre, pH buffered and acid free for incredible longevity. Up until now, matte papers didn't have the vibrance that more traditional types of glossy papers had to reproduce the subtle changes of color in photographs. The ability for this paper to get a deep, rich black is unmatched by anything in the past. And the natural white tone of the paper is pleasing for many styles of photography, including landscapes, portraiture, and beautiful, slightly warm-tone Black & Whites. We also use Moab's Slickrock Metallic Pearl. This paper produces incredible images that appear to take on a life of their own.
Of course there are other papers available and we use them for certain prints. Among them is Epson's Hot Press Natural, which has the same characteristics as the Cold Press, but with a very smooth, rather than textured, finish, as well as the new Exhibition Matte Canvas Natural and a range of papers and canvas by Hahnemühle, the 425 year old paper company from Germany, Brilliant, & Moab. We use some of these exotic rag and other papers to create the ultimate in unique artwork.
GALLERY WRAPPED CANVAS
Large prints on canvas offer a unique, gallery-like presentation that are suitable for any decor. The photograph is printed on a fine art canvas, coated with a protective coat of varnish, and stretched onto a wooden frame. Because this is the same method used in creating a painter's canvas, these photographs are often mistaken for paintings in this form.
The mounted canvas print is also coated with a UV protectant to guard against fingerprint damage and UV rays. The canvas print arrives to you ready to hang, with hanging hardware already installed on the back. Therefore, you save money on the cost of framing, or handling very large, delicate glass. For large pieces, they are also lighter weight than a framed piece with glass.
Images destined for canvas are processed so they are "Gallery Wrapped" around the edges. A portion of the photograph appears on all edges of the piece, with the full composition on front, creating a clean, simple look. Each is mounted to a 1.5 or 2 inch thick frame for dramatic depth.
Ink and paper alone can't create a print. As mentioned above, we invested a substantial amount into new printing technology to create the quality of prints we are producing. The printers we use are the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 wide format printer and the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 large format printer. These printers, along with the ink set already discussed along with fine art papers make a complete Fine Art printing system. It's Epson's most advanced printing system to date. The 4900 allows us to produce prints up to 17" wide and virtually any length and the 9900 prints up to 44" wide at any length. This allows us to make prints virtually any size and still maintain fine art quality.
These recent investments are leading edge and provide unmatched quality and print longevity, previously out of reach to the modern photographer.
FINE ART FRAMING
We now do custom framing of any print - whethe printed by us or a print you already have but would like a frame. All framed prints are mounted on archival quality mat or foam board. We do all our own framing including cutting and joining. For special projects, some of our molding is handmade.