The printing process
What is a giclée?
Glad you asked. A giclée is a high-quality, digitally-produced fine art print. The term was coined in 1991 by Jack Duganne at Nash Editions to distinguish archival-quality prints from the utilitarian proofs of standard inkjet printers.
The image is generated from high-resolution digital scans of the original and allows for the incredibly detailed prints seen in museums and galleries. A giclée provides better color accuracy than any other type of reproduction, and has all the tonalities and hues of the original work.
Paper as good as money
Our giclées are printed on cotton paper (otherwise known as ‘rag paper’). Cotton paper is stronger and more durable than wood pulp paper, and resists fading, discoloration or deterioration, so it’s used for important documents and archival-quality artwork. Cotton paper is what they use to print money – which just goes to show what a good investment it is. (If it’s good enough for the National Treasury, it’s good enough for us.)
Our paper comes from Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH, which has been manufacturing paper since 1584. Their paper is made with pure spring water and high-grade cotton, and traditional recipes are still used to make paper for painters, illustrators, bookbinders, and of course, Curio & Co.
Pigments to last
Special artwork and special paper requires special ink. Our giclées use pigment inks, rather than the standard dye-based inks used in regular printers. Pigment inks provide better image stability and last longer and than any other method. Since the pigment doesn’t dissolve completely and soak into the paper the way that dye-based inks do, pigment inks are more water resistant and won’t bleed at the edges of an image. What’s more, because pigment molecules stack themselves on top of the paper, it’s harder for sunlight or chemicals to react with the pigment molecules – making the image highly resistant to fading.
For all of this, of course, pigment inks are more expensive than dye-based inks, but when protected from air and sunlight, these inks will last many, many years. And when something looks this good, you want to keep it around.
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Sunday, May 01, 2016
by Ned Wazowski
We’re off and running!
We launched our first Kickstarter campaign on Friday and it looks like we’re off to a great start. Within just a few hours we’d been selected by Kickstarter for a ‘Project We Love’ badge and we woke on Saturday to find that our project had been chosen as the featured project for the comics section! On top of all that, our project got a shout-out from Mythbusters’ own Adam Savage – a guy who really knows design, robots and fun pop culture when he sees it!
All of this is so thrilling because we can’t wait to get this new project out of the vault.
AZR-0: Robots in the Wild is the journal of robologist Verdie Z. Goodsey from her field study to observe the elusive AZR robots in their natural habitat. The journal – over 120 pages long – includes her meticulous, and beautiful, illustrations of the robots she encountered, not to mention the breathtaking views of her journey. And her amusing observations shed light not just on the field of robo-behavioralism, but on the very nature of communication itself. Whether you’re a connoisseur of art, science, or just a cracking good adventure, you’re going to love this book.
Bringing these artifacts out of the vault requires a lot of support, and we’re excited to connect with so many through Kickstarter who can help. As one of the largest crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter helps small projects like ours find backers around the world. And Kickstarter is known for their focus on creativity – which makes it such a great fit for Curio & Co.
Using Kickstarter, Curio & Co. can build a larger crowd, each of whom can make a small contribution to our overall project goal. The campaigns are all or nothing – no money is charged unless we make our goal. We’ve set up lots of reward levels to offer great Kickstarter-exclusive goodies in addition to the book, and if our project gets funded quickly we can add additional stretch goals to make the project even better.
Ready to get involved?
- Visit our Kickstarter page and press the green button in the top right corner that says “Back this Project.
- The next page will ask for the pledge amount/reward level you want.
- The following page will ask you to sign in to Kickstarter either by creating an account (name and email only) or using Facebook.
- Then, the final page will ask you to enter your credit card details and billing address – but remember: nothing will be charged unless we meet our goal by May 27th.
After that, please share the project with others to help us build a crowd big enough to bring this project to print. Your help will make it possible!
Did you know? The first kick-start was patented in 1908 for a 450 cc two-stroke twin-cylinder water-cooled motorcycle, manufactured by the Scott Motorcycle Company in the UK.