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 reproduction of the original Spaceman Jax model sheet is a limited edition giclée print...
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015
by Ned Wazowski
What does the future hold for you? Turns out, we know!
We’ve looked into The Great Beyond and we’ve seen a piece of entertainment memorabilia in your future. And Curio & Co. is pleased to bring you this latest treasure – a reproduction of the Musterberg Deck tarot cards used for years at Pennyland amusement park.
The Musterberg Deck of tarot cards was created sometime in the early 1700s just as tarot cards began to transition from a simple card game into a divination deck for fortune telling. The design was unique for being the only deck to include a 79th card: The Siren serves as the highest of the Major Arcana or trump cards. By the turn of the century, the deck was redone for Pennyland where it was the exclusive deck of the popular Pennyland prognosticators in the Fortune Teller Tent.
We’ve recreated all of the wear and tear and idiosyncrasies of the original cards, and we’ve even included the Pennyland Guide to Cartomancy given to park employees to interpret the meanings of the cards for amusement park guests. What’s more, the cards come with instructions on how to play the original card game. We’ve had a lot of fun in the office doing readings for each other and playing rounds of this fast-paced game in the break room – and we’re sure you will too.
The cards will be available to the public for the first time at this year’s Comic-Con. We’ll have a limited number of cards available for the sneak peek, so don’t wait for the end of the show to stop by the booth. If you miss ‘em you’ll have to wait for the general release in September once they’ve been exhibited as part of our exhibition at Atelier Olschinsky.
To get them during the sneak peek, you can order them online, and when it comes time to select your shipping methods, choose ‘Comic-Con2015’ as the shipping method and you’re all set. There will be no shipping charges, of course, since you’ll be picking them up at the booth. Just bring your order number to Booth 1217 at Comic-Con, and we’ll have the cards for you – it’s just that easy!
Not going to Comic-Con? Don’t fret. Order now and select your shipping option, and as soon as the pre-orders begin shipping on September 1st we’ll get it out to you. Once they arrive, deal out a spread and see what the future has in store for you!
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