THE GICLEE PROCESS
Giclee is derived from the French word meaning "spraying of ink". It is a process that uses the IRIS printer, the most sophisticated digital imaging printer utilized for the reproduction of fine art. Pushing the leading edge of fine art reproduction, digital printmaking has earned its reputation as one of the most creative mediums currently available in today's market.
Its capabilities of range and responsiveness are virtually unparalleled in the fine art world. Giclee images are known for color intensity, saturation, and brilliance combined with fine detailing and subtle shading.
One of the defining attributes of the IRIS printer is its ability to print on carefully selected archival papers. The continuous spray of water-soluble dye based inks reacts distinctly to each paper's surface, creating a diverse spectrum of intensity and depth. As with an original watercolor, which is also created with water-based dyes, care should be taken to keep moisture and direct sunlight away from the print.
The project to produce this series of greenhouse prints took over a year.
It began with gathering together a variety of greenhouse watercolor paintings that I created over a ten year period, some were from private collections and required extensive travelling. Next paintings had to be removed from their frames and 4” by 5” transparencies were made from them. As it turned out the transparencies failed to capture the tremendous subtly of color And texture which enliven the originals, so the next steps literally required months and months of careful proofing and reproofing, side by side with the master-printmaker, using the original watercolor paintings as guides. It was an intense and extremely time-consuming process but the final prints were more than worthwhile, stunning the artist as well as the master print-maker.
I would like to thank master printmaker Greg Welch from Absolute Iris for his many hours of quality time and careful attention to details of color and overall artistic "feel" which went into making these prints so beautiful and true to their originals. Additionally I would like to thank the Hunnewell family for their generosity in permitting me to spend countless hours painting in their marvelous greenhouses and their kind hospitality while I was working there; and many thanks to the late King Baudoin of Belgium's Grand Marshall de Coeur and my very supportive friend and fellow Fulbright grantee Dr. Ellen Kittell, who worked to gain permission for me to paint within Belgium's spectacular Royal Glass Houses. I was privileged to paint there for nearly a year. Also my heartfelt thanks to Mrs. James E. Clark, Dr. Barbara Keefe, and Pamela Swing for their generosity and in parting with their greenhouse paintings and patience in allowing me to keep them for an entire year. Finally I would like to thank my husband and family for all their encouragement and support in this endeavor.
-Tamara Elizabeth Krendel
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