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.
This giclée of the 1986 Roger Believe cover of Past Message (Messaggio Passato) is part...
Monday, Mar 03, 2014
by Ned Wazowski
Bloopers prove that the best part of something might be the mistakes.
Uncontrollable laughter, forgotten lines or pranks or practical jokes by fellow cast members. For me, the Special Features are the best reason to own a DVD, and bloopers, also known as outtakes or a gag reel, are irresistible.
The term blooper originates from wartime censorship – it’s short for ‘Blue Pencil’ which was used to cross out unacceptable parts of documents and letters by the 'blue-person'. Its use for these flubs on film was popularized in the 1950s in a series of record albums entitled Pardon My Blooper.
But one of the earliest champions of the blooper reel as entertainment in and of itself was the Burt Reynolds classic Smokey and the Bandit II. Theatre-goers in 1980 didn’t walk out during the closing credits but instead were glued to their seats watching Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, but mostly Burt Reynolds flub their lines, miss their marks and otherwise waste precious film in their tomfoolery.
Blooper reels allow us to catch our favorite actors when they let their guard down and we see them being real. You certainly walk out of the theatre thinking that these are people who get along well with each other and who have a lot of fun in their jobs. So what, then, when the actors aren’t real at all?
Lots of Pixar’s films include a blooper reel over the closing credit. This is the ultimate suspense of disbelief since, if the characters are doing retakes, there’s obviously a physical set somewhere with real actors – albeit monsters or toys – that really exist. In Burt Reynolds’s case, the blooper shows that he doesn’t take himself too seriously. For the Pixar crew, the blooper reel proves one half of that old adage: to err is human. If they’re making mistakes, then they must be real.
Our Recent Tweet