Now that I’m listed on PrintsourceNewYork.com as an exhibitor, I’m getting a lot more hits on my website. Although I update the password protected section every other day, I haven’t updated the public area in a while. My original plan was to wait until after the show to put up some of the newer work on the portfolio section of the website, but to be honest some of the work on their now is looking a little dated compared to the shiny, new work. I’ll be choosing 3-4 of the newest pieces and updating the site over this weekend. Here is one! Aren’t these ladies lovely? Robyn, Jesse, and Julie were my inspiration. The best mermaids a girl could ask for!
I thought I’d write a little bit about how I’m printing samples for the up coming show this January. This was quite the speed bump for me and I’m sure I cannot be the only one who obsessed over this unexpected mystery. Before I could commit to purchasing a booth, I needed to first be sure I could play with the big dogs and produce professional quality prints to showcase at my table. But how the heck-a-roo did those big dog artist create their prints?
When it comes to my children’s book mixed-media paintings, I’ve always had a hard time reproducing the illustrations to the vibrance levels of the original art. Obviously, because I create my New Product Development artwork digitally, this wouldn’t be as big of a problem, but the memories of long nights playing with printer settings haunt me to this day, and I wanted to be 100% sure I had the right tools to easily produce the quality of prints I wanted to show. As someone who has attended trade shows with intentions of purchasing prints from artists, I know how important it is to have high-quality, true to color, crystal sharp prints to represent your patterns and designs. It’s essential.
So I started the way most people start. I started asking fellow designers what they recommended for printers. I’m friends with a mightily prolific illustrator/sculpture/designer/photo editor: Adam Chiet. (Seriously! This guys is GIFTED! Check him out: http://adamchiet.net/). I brought to him some examples of prints I had helped purchase from other studios. I noted the saturated ink, the matte quality of the paper, and the high-resolution of the prints. He became my personal shopper for an afternoon and helped me pick out the perfect printer for my obnoxiously low budget and my impossible, zenith standards. I remember telling him I wanted to print to at least Super B size, it had to have easily accessible/affordable ink, and it had to be easy for me to use.
Here is the printer I purchased. An HP Officejet 7110 Wide Format. It was the first, real purchase that I made in order to take exhibiting this year seriously. Truly, I cannot complain about this printer. If you are thinking of experimenting with printing some of your work, I recommend taking a look at the size, price, and quality to start your comparisons. That being said, I should also say that I ONLY use top shelf paper in this baby. I don’t think I’ve ever printed on regular paper to date. Also, I’ve only used the name brand ink. Not counting the cost of the printer, mistakes, and re-designs: I figured out that each finished print of a pattern/design costs me over $4. When I add in the cost of the printer, and all those mistakes.. I have to admit I feel a little sick. Lets see.. I have 126 prints as of today.. and I’ve had to reprint about 35 mistake pages.. is the room spinning?
If anyone out there wants to talk more about tools or gadgets they use I’d love to hear from you. Any cost saving tips or calibrating advice?
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Tonight I reached 101 printed surface design samples to take to Printsource.
Still plenty of time until the January show to do more, but I’m still very proud of the quality of work backing that number. This has been years in the making, and seeing everything all come together has been an amazing award for all the nights, weekends, and vacation time I’ve spent on my artwork. All of the booth posters arrived last week along with some other booth bling and signage. Almost there..