FINE ART PRINTS
A lot of people ask me about the difference between fine art prints (available here on my website or in person) and giclée prints (available in my shop over at Big Cartel), and why one is so much more expensive than the other. It's complicated to explain not least because this can so easily turn into unnecessary justifications. The question I get even more often, especially from fellow collage artists and through PCC, is about how much to charge for art in the first place, especially when selling only prints or reproductions. And because I believe in transparency as well as sharing the little experience I have, I will give you my thoughts.
For most people, selling art, even if it's only prints, is so much more than just a financial transaction. It's a little like giving away your babies (please excuse the tortured metaphor.) They've grown up, so of course you want them to go out into the world, but not at any price. You want the journey to be smooth, you want them to arrive in the best condition imaginable, and you want the people they encounter to treat them with respect (I can’t stress this last point enough!) And this comes at a price. You kick them out of your house as quickly (and cheaply) as possible at your own peril. Been there, done that.
After a lot of trial and error I decided to sell my only prints as both giclée and fine art reproductions, and yes, often but not always, you can get the same collage as either or. While both types are high quality prints, the fine art prints are obviously something altogether different. They are printed on Hahnemühle William Turner paper, a beautifully textured natural white cotton art paper with an inkjet coating optimised for fine art printing. Photos don't give this paper justice. You have to see and ideally feel it to know what I'm talking about, which is why I sell them mostly in person here in Paris. At the price they're at, I get why people don't just buy them on faith after seeing them online. Giclée prints on the other hand are essentially very, very fancy posters on very thick paper. The kind you would buy on faith and online. They are beautiful too and I have some of them on my walls myself.
Aside from the paper and printing differences, the process of purchase, production and shipping is also completely different. My giclée prints are printed and shipped directly by an on-demand printer. They try their best to be as environmentally friendly as they can, something that is very important to me and the reason I picked them, and have printing facilities all around the world to cut down on shipping distances and times and our carbon footprint. Needless to say I only get a part of the sales price, but that's ok with me. I know the quality and customer service are fantastic, and I like the idea that there are affordable versions of my art available for the people who support me and my work. My babies are in good hands.
Fine art prints on the other hand come directly from me here in Paris. There are signed and dated and handled with great, great care. Getting them ready to leave the house requires plenty of emailing back and forth, with the person making the purchase, and with the printer. It involves a trip to pick them up, that's 45 minutes there, and 45 minutes back, and another trip to the post office to drop them off, so easily another 45 minutes, and that's if all goes well and no one is on strike. And in France, someone is always on strike. As an individual, I can't negotiate better shipping rates with La Poste or bulk discounts with the printer. If something gets lost or damaged on the way, I pay for replacements myself. And when things go wrong, it's me who spends hours on the phone or writing emails trying to get things sorted. So there you have it. The reason why fine art prints are so much more expensive than giclée prints. So let's move on to the sales pitch.
Most of my collages are available as signed and dated fine art prints on demand. If you see anything you like, just ask. The specs are as follows:
Hahnemühle William Turner paper
white, without optical brighteners
fine yet highly pronounced felt structure
matt premium inkjet coating for outstanding print results
acid- and lignin-free
ISO 9706 conform / museum quality for highest age resistance
Everything is printed in and shipped from Paris.
As I said, I work with a local printer and handle shipping myself, so please allow 1-2 weeks for your print to be mailed. I'm usually quite fast, but sometimes life gets really busy, or the whole country goes on strike. You never know. Alternatively, you can pick prints up yourself if you want. Over a coffee or a glass of wine. I’m always happy to meet.
Almost any size is possible.
I don't accept returns, but should your print arrive damaged, contact me right away so we can work out a suitable arrangement for an exchange.
For prices and shipping fees (international tracked mail with La Poste) or if you have any other questions, please get in touch here. But to give you an idea, a 20 x 30 cm prints is 95 Euros plus 5 Euros for shipping in France / 15 Euros international shipping.