Archival Pigment Prints
Why choose a signed,
Limited Edition Print?
by Artist Kathleen Best Gillmann
Every print offered here for purchase is unique because they are made from my copyrighted originals and I am directly involved in the process.
However, all Archival Pigment prints, commonly called "Giclee" prints, are not created equal. Permit me to tell you about the process for creating these archival, limited edition prints.
First, I work directly with my local printer, Old Town Editions, to insure that the final prints look identical to the original works of art. (Proofing process described below.) Second, my printer uses archival supports and inks which will last for many years if treated with conservation in mind. Third, while these are prints-on-demand, I chose to limit the total quantity of prints to be printed in an edition and assure quality control by examining and signing each print when it is made.
Consequently, these limited edition Archival Pigment Prints are individually artist approved and bear my signature, long-lasting, collectible, printed in limited quantities, and have the potential to increase in value.
The process begins with my printer digitally capturing my painting (or pastel, or drawing), preparing the digital file and printing proofs. I visit my printer's studio to examine these proofs and together we compare them to the original to determine if any adjustments are needed. The printer then makes any needed corrections and we examine the next proof set. When satisfied, I sign off and the proofing process is finished. Now artist-approved final prints are ready to be printed.
Limited Editions Established
At this point, I decide on the size of the final prints (usually small, medium and large) and set the number of prints to be printed establishing the limited editions for each size. For example, the collection “At Water’s Edge” includes seven paintings (three of them are prize winning paintings). The prints of these seven paintings will
be in limited editions of 50, 250 and a larger edition of 1000 only for the smallest size prints. Each Print in this collection is now available in 3 or 4 sizes on paper and 2 on canvas for a maximum of 6 sizes. Canvas prints have printer applied semi-gloss varnish for protection. Paper prints are printed on heavy weight German Hahnemuhle paper.
Signing and Numbering the Prints
As each archival pigment print comes off the printer’s press, I sign and number it in sequence. For example, in an addition of 50 the first print is number 1/50, the second 2/50 all the way up to 50/50. At print number 50, the edition is complete and no further copies are made in that edition.
This gives you, the collector, the assurance that I have personally approved the print and noted its position in the edition.
Kathleen Best Gillmann