The shop description will let you know what kind of paper your print is made on. I prefer Somerset paper from St Cuthberts Mill due to their environmental stance, but will occasionally use other papers if a bright colour or particular texture is desired. Mould made papers have fibres which lay in different directions, unlike machine papers which have a grain. Traditionally printmakers tear down paper to preserve the ‘deckle’ edge – a soft and ragged border that shows off the mould made qualities of the paper. Don’t worry if the deckle edge gets bumped during handling – it is easy to smooth down gently with clean fingers. Take care when picking up prints to not crease the surface or touch the inked area. I find holding opposite corners very lightly prevents creasing. The best way to protect your print is to frame it. The prints are created in standard sizes which makes it easy to find an affordable frame online or in a high street shop. Hang your print out of direct sunlight, as UV rays will fade and damage the ink and paper over time. Paper is fragile, but with care will last hundreds of years. If in doubt, get in touch and I will be happy to advise.
About Print Editions
Original prints are made in 'editions', or a set number of copies that all look the same: same paper, same colours, same composition, made during the same print run. Underneath the image is a strip of handwriting to verify the print's authenticity as an original. From left to right you'll find: a fraction telling you the print number (number 1 out of 4, for example), the title (if there is one), and my signature. Traditionally a print is signed in pencil but you may find your print signed in something more colourful - I like to bend the rules! All of my editions are very small, anywhere between 3 to 15 copies, so your print is very exclusive and unique. I like to work fast and bring out new work consistently, but if you see a image you really love in the Print Archive, please get in touch. I keep Artist Proofs for my own records and will occasionally sell these if there are more than one copy.