Giclee printing and archival framing
Limited edition prints
Limited edition prints are printed on the highest quality fine art media available today. The type of paper used is selected by the artist to complement the subject matter and level of detail portraid in the image.
Prints are limited to a finite number irrespective of size. The number of prints available in the series, together with the current edition, it’s title and the artists signature are hand written along the bottom of the image. The details of each print sold, together with the purchasers details are entered into a register. An accompanying certificate of authenticity is also issued.
The Giclee printing process provides better colour accuracy and is capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for the fine art photography markets . Archival quality ensures that the prints are light-fast and non water soluble. Prints mounted behind glass and not subjected to direct sunlight have an estimated longevity of 120 + years. Ultrachrome archival pigment inks use a 10 colour inkset with either Matte Black for Art Papers or Photo Black for photographic (Gloss and Semigloss) papers.
The word giclée was adopted by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working at Nash Editions. He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the IRIS printer, a large-format, high-resolution industrial prepress proofing inkjet printer they had adapted for fine-art printing. He was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “inkjet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle” (the verb form gicler means “to squirt, spurt, or spray”).
Archival framing (museum or preservation framing)
What is preservation matting and framing?
Preservation matting and framing describes materials and methods designed to limit environmental (e.g., from light, water, humidity, airborne pollutants, dust, surrounding materials, etc.) risks to the displayed object. All materials used in the frame package must be chemically stable. In framing, the materials that directly contact your art are of the greatest importance.
Using non-archival (acidic) or inappropriate materials to adhere or support artwork can result in unnecessary damage and possible decrease in the artwork’s monetary value.
Materials used such as museum quality rag mat boards are designed to protect and preserve your artwork. They are not only acid free but are designed to absorb acid from the art as well as the environment. Photographic work, for example, requires a specially treated museum board, formulated specifically for its photochemical make-up.
A matted or floated artwork is backed for further protection with an acid free foam core. It is then sealed with a paper tape, which protects the artwork while allowing an exchange of air.