The Printing process used is what I had coined the phrase in the late 90s 'Epson Giclee prints' It is a process of taking the new technology of the Ink jet printer into the realm of 'Fine Art Printing' Which is highly recognized and sought after today. But in those early years, it was of much controversy and the equipment was only in the beginning stages. Storms were weathered and today is the new wave of printing.
I am an Epson gal and am a firm believer the equipment is superior to other companies as far as quality, color perfect printing and archival status. I currently use an Epson 3880 Pro for all my printing. I still have some Lithographs, photoprints, and half tone prints of runs that were purchased in the early, mid 90s. All prints will be stated on the back of the mounted board what kind of print they are as well as on this web site.
I keep a log for all my limited print runs so you can assure the numbers are accurate as well as individually sign each print and inspect it. Any prints that are not quality standards is sold either as a misprint or occasionally as an 'Artist Proof'
Below is an excellent explanation of terms and the current trends of Giclee printing.
About Giclee Printing
The Definition : Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".
The Term : The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.
The Process : Giclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, MacDermid Colorspan, & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. Giclee prints are sometimes mistakenly referred to as Iris prints, which are 4-Color ink-jet prints from a printer pioneered in the late 1970s by Iris Graphics.
The Advantages : Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated. Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and film inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
The Quality : The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.