Giclee in French, means to
゛squirt" and the term is used to describe
a method of printing used by ink jet printers. Tha
word describes the way in which tha printers spray
of ゛squirt" ink from the print head.
Just a few years ago, Giclee was considered an
inferior method of printing and critisics often
argued that the prints were too grainy and coarse.
They also sited that there were no traces
of professional handy‐work on the print or traditional
remnants such as printing plates of silk screens.
However, due to the advancements in technology,
Gicee has become an increasingly popular method
of printing, rivaling other traditional methods
such as lithography or serigraphy. Improvements
in printing materials such as ink and paper and
an increase in digital printing demands are also
contributing to the success of Giclee.
With significant improvements in quality, Giclee
is beginning to be recognized in the art community
as the method that allows artists to directly convey
their artistic expressions. With such notions, artists
and printers are beginning to realize that
they cannot rely only on traditional methods of
printing and ignore the prospects of Giclee.
The follwing prints fall into the Giclee categoiy.
They have different names. but in essence, they
are Giclee prints, of prints, or prints produced
from ink jet printers:
1. Iris Print
Prints created by an ink jet
printer called Iris. Iris printers use dye ink that
blends into the paper and gives the print a smooth
appearance. The printer is very expensive snd differentiates
itself from other ink jet printere by its name,
Iris. Formerily the best ink jet printer, the Iris
printer has been surpassed by improvements by other
ink jet printers. For one thing,Iris Printere still
use 4 colors, CMYK, bat other ink jet printers ara
beginning to use 6 or 8 colors to improve the color
and quality of the print.
2. Archival Print
Prints created from an ink
jet printer that uses special archival ink that
the manufacturer claims to last 100 to 200 years.
Evidence does not support their claim of longevity.
3. Archival Museum Print
Archival Museum Print
is an advanced form of Giclee printing and usec
special ink. Developed using natural color pigments,
the ink used by the Archival Museum Print is a true
breakthrough for Giclee printing. The ink shows
superlor color development and great UV light resistance.
According to weather tests. the Archival Museum
Prints are expected to last over 300 years.
About Hue Art Studio
Hue Art Studio was established
in Los Angeles in 1989 by Kiyoshi Mizukami. in the
begining, his studio only produced serigraphs. His
clients included many well-known artists who respested
and trusted his work. He takes prlde in the fact
that his serlgraphs were well received received
by his clients and the art community. His goal has
always been to create quality prints that his clients
are satisfien with and the quality of his work speaks
for itself. He recenyly won a serigraph competition
on his first attempt.
Mr.Mizukami was initially reluctant as a professional
serigrapher to change his method of printing to
Giclee although many artists and publishers were
shifting towards Giclee and Iris prints. For one
thing ,he was not satisfied with the color produced
by Giclee printers. The color on conventional Giclee
prints quickly faded or changed as the ink reacted
with the chenical coating on the paper used by the
printers. Due to this fact, he did not immediately
bigin using Giclee printers, but began researching
into advanced inks that did not produce these problems.
He knew that one day, the quality of Giclee prints
would improve to meet his level of quality.
In October of 2002, Mr. Mizukami, after waiting
patiently for the technology to improve. implemented
the Archival Museum Print in his studio. The Archival
MUseum Print is an advanced form of Giclee printing
that uses the latest technolong and enables the
use of soecial ink. This special ink was developed
by an artist who was not satisfied with the performance
of the more traditional ink. He has the knowledge
that worked in an ink maker more than ten years.
he developed advanced onk, made from 100% natural
pigmente, that is superior in color, durable, and
resistant to UV light.
This special ink will also be used by the American
Mint Bureau. The Bureru selected the same ink for
digitally printing new bills beginning this autnmn.
And the Smithsonian and other museums will soon
begin publishing some of their art using the same
Ink has been 90% of the problems caused by conventional
Giclee printers. Many ink manufacturers try to develop
special coiors to compensate for color changes caused
by the paper in the Giclee printing process, but
it is not to say that there has been an improvement
in the ink.
At Hue Art Studio, Mr. Mizukami continues the
research with an ink developer, to create not only
a more advanced form of ink, but also a new generation
of Giclee printers that will use 12 coiors
(including gold. silver, and white).as opposed to
the more traditional 6 to 8 colors.