Katrina has had a few selected works reproduced in limited editions of 100. For this she has chosen the Giclée printing method. It is important that prints offer quality and durability to the highest standards practical. Katrina has chosen the Giclée printing technique and if you are interested to learn a little more about the process and why she has chosen it, please click on the 'giclee' button below. To see the prints available, go to gallery.
Giclée is a relatively new reproduction process for fine art which is based on digital technology. The term Giclée (pronounced, jhee'clay) was, reputedly, first coined by Jack Duganne in 1991, and derived from the French verb 'to squirt or spurt'. 'Giclée' offers an exciting new medium for both artists and photographers because of its unparalleled quality. A Giclée printer squirts approximately 4 million microscopic droplets of archival quality ink per second onto cotton canvas or paper (or other media). The resolution achieved using this technology is much better than lithography and the print should possess archival standards of permanence comparable or better than other collectable artwork.
Giclée has rapidly become the most popular fine art reproduction technique in the modern art world taking over from lithographs and screen prints as the dominant and preferred way for artists, galleries and publishers to make reproductions and prints. Giclée prints are now widely accepted at museums and galleries. These include: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Guggenheim (New York) and The Smithsonian Institute.
QualityGiclée prints lose none of the quality of the original. Because no screens are used, the prints have a higher apparent resolution than lithographs providing an image of exceptional clarity. The visual quality of the print result is extremely high with seeming continuous tone prints and it goes without saying there are no visible dots, lines or barring. The colour saturation and definition can be stunning yet none of the subtlety of even soft pastel originals is lost - all of the texture and technique of the originals are retained. Giclée fine art prints achieve the look and feel of an original piece of art.
The technology, however, calls for special equipment and techniques to obtain the ultimate in colour accuracy, sharpness, continuous colour tone and life. To achieve its potential only the best inks and papers must be used. Furthermore artistic interpretation in implementation is necessary for the production of the highest quality prints - the selection process for our printers has been painstaking and the work is vetted at every stage.
DurabilityA question one you may well ask is how well do the prints last when on display. Recent tests show that a Giclée print can achieve light fast capabilities in excess of 100 years and, when printed on good quality heavyweight art paper, the print should possess archival standards of permanence comparable or better than other collectable artwork. Giclée prints are recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild.
But what do we mean by lightfast and how do we measure it? The scale commonly used today is the "Blue Wool Scale" (BWS) which was accredited a British Standard (BS1006), and has been adopted as an International Standard (ISO), although there is still work going on to try and improve this standard. The Blue Wool Scale consists of samples of Blue Wool dyed with various dyes, the best being 8; this is considered to be permanent. The Blue Wool Scale was originally developed for textiles and has now been adopted by automotive, paint and commercial printing industries. A blue wool value of 8 equals about 12 months of direct sunlight exposure in Florida without colour shift.
The Fine Art Trade Guild's Standard requires a minimum Blue Wool Scale rating of 6 for lightfastness. The Fine Art Trade Guild's Standard also defines requirements for the paper including pH values (a measure of acidity) between 7 and 9 (BS 1006 / ISO 9001 spec. DIN 6738 / ISO 9706). The Guild Standard has been in use for many years and is now incorporated into BS 7876:1996.
Handling and Care
Although the latest research shows that with normal use, the Giclée prints can last over 100 years it is suggested that you treat each print the way you would treat an original (no direct sunlight, care with fingerprints, etc.). That way, you can't go wrong.
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