Lesly Deschler Canossi and Andrew Buckland founded Fiber Ink Studio in New York as an alternative for high quality inkjet photo prints. They met while attending Graduate School at Maryland Institute College of Art. Both are artists and photographers with decades of printing experience who lead workshops on color management and digital printing. They are committed to sharing their expert knowledge while providing color accuracy, a fast turn around, and a collaborative environment that welcomes creativity rather than frustration. Lesly has graciously offered the guest blog below to talk about why they often use ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Smooth Pearl for client work.
Creating Lasting Relationships | Fiber Ink Studio
by Lesly Deschler Canossi
At Fiber Ink Studio we are interested in creating lasting relationships with the artists for whom we print. While many of our clients leave the printing decisions to us, we have a solid client base interested in a more collaborative approach. An initial meeting to discuss nuances of papers is really important. We talk about the tone and surface of papers as well as how it feels in hand and how it looks on the wall. The next step is to make proof prints on different paper surfaces. At this point it becomes very clear which paper works for the image and for the artist.
The variety of beautiful papers available is incredible and we are motivated to find the materials best suited to the individual work. While we have many cotton rag papers (and fabrics) on hand, two ILFORD GALERIE papers frequently run in our studio: ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fiber Silk and ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl. Gold Fiber Silk with its baryta layer and fiber base is a “go to” paper if we are working with a photographer who has fond memories of printing in the darkroom. The look and feel in the hand can rival a darkroom print. Gold Fiber Silk produces an exceptional color gamut with creamy whites and velvety blacks. This is especially important as we have an increase of photographers wanting to go from analog capture (film) to digital output (pigment prints).
Working from image capture to digital output is great for us as it allows complete quality control and results in spectacular prints. On these jobs we begin with the image capture using high resolution Imacon Scanners, work on the files (color correction, clean up in Photoshop), and translate this to paper. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl has a natural photographic white tint which looks and feels similar to a darkroom C print. This is a great option for those transitioning from Type-C and Digital C to ink jet and at a very good price.
Fine art photographer Regina DeLuise has worked exclusively in palladium prints for her entire career. Her palladium prints are printed as contact prints from 8” x 10” negatives and they are stunning. She was interested in seeing her work printed larger and was curious about pigment printing. After drum scanning her negatives we ran several proofs on a variety of papers. She chose ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk. We think that speaks volumes on the quality of this paper. Taking her from the hand-crafted world of luscious palladium to spectacular digital pigment prints was a rewarding experience.
Photographer Marc Lemoine shoots editorial and advertising projects with today’s most progressive musical talents. For his onstage, amped, black and white photograph of the band Gallows and a soft color portrait of Emily Kokal Warpaint, we ran initial proofs on ILFORD GALERIE Prestige Gold Fibre Silk and Smooth Pearl among other papers. ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Pearl was the obvious choice. He wanted a photo paper with high sharpness,clarity, and a dense burst of color. These needs were specific to Marc’s style and Smooth Pearl supported the feeling of his work.
There has been an influx of galleries and museums coming to us to create new editions of work formally printed as digital C-prints. The lasting, archival result of pigment prints on acid free papers with archival HDR inks has made collectors and conservators take note. We know we can count of the results of ILFORD papers.
So many things go into a show, or even a single perfect print. From single prints to full production, the dependability of materials is essential. When in dialog with our “go-to” framer Jennifer Kahrs, owner of The Shadowbox Shop in Brooklyn, we know how each of the papers will behave in the specifics of framing. We discuss how the paper will handle mounting solutions and how they will look behind plexi or exposed with no protective barrier on the wall. The intricacies of individual papers affect the overall presentation.
The numerous details that go into printing often go unnoticed and we know that we have done our job well when the subtle nuisances of presentation support the artwork. Our goal is to make the artist happy and ensure that the focus is on the image not the process of how we produce the piece. Taking time to consider these elements for the final presentation makes our work even more rewarding.
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