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Materials We Use

Our printing PHILOSOPHY

"FASHION IS FOR THE MOMENT, ART IS FOR THE AGES." CECIL TOUCHON

We think in museum time - not in weeks and years but decades and centuries. If we are going to go through the trouble of carefully curating, imaging, uploading and testing images from the Archives to make available for collectors, we want only the very finest prints with the longest lasting inks and materials that are of archival and heirloom quality and by heirloom we mean prints that are loved, cared for, prised and still around generations from now. Our museum exhibition prints will likely and ironically have a longer life than many of the original artworks in the collection since collage artists often use found printed matter which may already be very old, intended for ephemeral use and not intended for longevity as we expect from artworks today. The standards in printing materials and inks that we have today will insure the preservation these images indefinitely into the future.

The Inks we use.

Our prints are printed with Epson Aqueous inks which are projected to remain fade resistant for two+ centuries. These inks are state of the art archival quality used by museums to print and often exhibit reproductions from their collections often indistinguishable from the originals with the naked eye. However, as with all artworks, they should be displayed in such a way that they are never in direct sunlight which, over the years, can cause damage to any work of art in any medium.


The Papers we use.

Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth 305gsm · 100% cotton · white Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth, is an especially smooth and silky soft paper for high-quality Fine Art inkjet printing. The heavy white cotton art paper has a discreet, very finely textured surface with a strikingly silky feel. The matt premium inkjet coating guarantees extraordinary print results with impressive reproduction of colour, detail and very deep black. Photo Rag® Ultra Smooth is versatile and produces impressive results for Fine Art photography as well as art reproductions. The acid- and lignin-free all-rounder meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance and is perfect for high-quality black and white Fine Art prints.  


Canson Baryta Photographique 310gsm papers have a true 100% barium sulphate layer (baryta) which offers exceptional contrast and detail as well as a wide color gamut. They also have an extremely high D-Max to produce black and white images with depth and clarity and color images with exceptional vibrancy and intensity. These semi gloss alpha-cellulose base papers have the true look and feel of a traditional darkroom print. Canson paper company combines 5 centuries of experience favors the use of natural minerals and the purest of materials that are resistant to ageing.


Watercolor Paper 600MT from Breathing Color - a fine art company based in Austin, Texas. 600MT Watercolor Paper has unparalleled dimensionality and generous saturations 600MT offers all the luxury of Breathing Color’s archival papers at a reasonable price.  Their most robustly textured watercolor paper for a sumptuous display that resists scuffing and flaking.


Hahnemuehle Archival Fine Art Pearl - 285 gsm · 100% α-Cellulose · bright white · pearl-finish - Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl is a cellulose-based Fine Art inkjet paper with an inkjet coating specially tailored for Fine Art use. The bright white paper has a delicately textured surface and a smooth, silky feel. In combination with the premium inkjet coating, it produces an elegant finish with a subtle, pearl-gloss effect. Once printed, the paper impresses with outstanding reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks and striking contrasts. The acid- and lignin-free FineArt Pearl meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance and is ideal for printing high-quality black and white as well as colour photographs.


The Canvas we use

LYVE from Breathing Color - Breathing Color is an Austin, Texas based company. We picked the heaviest longest lasting canvas featuring the highest archivability of any of the Breathing Color canvas options, The Fine Art Trade Guild awarded Lyve the exclusive Blue Wool certification for at least a Century of display life.  Lyve is the best money can buy for the printed image. We tend to suggest canvas for the larger sized prints with a floater frame and the glossy finish to get the deepest richest blacks especially when black is a dominant feature of the image.


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We are here and happy to advise you on any detail related to facilitating the purchase of your new treasures. We would definitely recommend having your new works framed and ready to hang. You will be glad you did. We select only the very best archival, museum quality materials and the Epson Aqueous inks used for printing are the state of the art inks museums use when printing reproductions of their own collections often hanging the reproduction instead of the original! The inks are projected to remain stable for two centuries or longer.

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