For most of the 30 years of printmaking in this studio, screen printing was predominant, though many experiments were tried, often with intriguing results. Digital printmaking has been an extended experiment for at least a dozen years. Now in a more traditional twist,
using new materials are being made with our unique
. Many styles all expressing a singular artistic vision.
Images on this page were pigment-inkjet printed. Achieving colors rivaling classic methods is not easy with digital printer "inks" containing maybe 5% pigment. Mostly water, ink-jet printing place great demands on printing media. It's a paradox: how is it possible to absorb digital printer "inks" containing maybe 5% pigment.
Mostly water, ink-jet printing place great demands on printing media. It's a paradox: how is it possible to absorb large volumes of fluid at the same time
preventing ink pigment particles from "sinking in" below the visible surface.
Otherwise, if the pigment is hidden, the image will look smeared or washed out, obviously not at all desirable. Ink-jet printing media have long been produced and many were tested. One drawback was high cost, but the bigger problem was none proving really suited to the images we planned to print.
The solution turned out to be developing ink-jet printing surfaces we could produce ourselves. It took intensive sleuthing to discover the "secrets" of the coating technologies. Experimentation lead to formulating coatings we apply in our studio to quality paper and synthetic substrates. "All's well that ends well". We continue to enjoy the optimum printing media for our purposes.
How do we know we've succeeded? Nature's test is simple: see what is seen, the proof is in the seeing.