Serigraphs are made by hand through a process called silk screen printing. They are original art, not reproduction prints. During the printing process a hand cut stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. The resulting print has great colour density and saturation.
By contrast, giclée printing is a print reproduction method. During the printing process an ink jet printer is used to reproduce the original either on canvas, or on paper. This is accomplished by placing ink dots very closely to create the overall image. Giclées are essentially digital copies of an original, much like a poster.
At Cedar Hill Long House we do not sell giclées. We sell limited edition serigraphs.
A printer’s proof (PP) is a print set aside from an edition for the printer’s use. PP’s are notated with the letters PP and a number. The total number of PP’s produced is up to the artist, but it is usually just one or two.
Due to their very low numbers, if a PP is made available for sale, it will typically sell at a higher price than the regular edition.
A remarque is a personal message or image hand-drawn by the artist within the margins of the print. Sometimes it is drawn directly on the design itself. This makes each remarque an original, one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Remarques will sell at a higher price than the regular edition.
An artist’s proof (AP) is a print set aside from an edition for the artist’s use. AP’s are notated with the letters AP and a number. The total number of AP’s produced is up to the artist, but it is usually a percentage of the size of the edition run.
Due to their low numbers, if an AP is made available for sale, it will typically sell at a higher price than the regular edition.
The price of limited edition serigraphs is a function of the limited supply of each product, and the exceptionally high quality of these prints. Typically, smaller editions will be more expensive. The number of colours used and the popularity of the artist will also determine the value.
By their nature of being limited in number, demand for certain limited edition prints can be greater than the total number of prints produced for the edition. Once the publisher has sold out of the edition, the prints are considered to be on the secondary market. At this point a print often sells above issue price, depending on demand.
A limited edition serigraph, or silk screen print, is a print from an edition which is limited to a one-time printing of a certain number of pieces. The artist typically signs and numbers each print.
Silk screening, which was introduced around 1907, is also known as serigraph printing. During the process, a stencil of an image is placed on a taut screen with paper underneath. Ink is then spread on top and forced through the screen onto the paper with a squeegee. Unlike photo-offset, silkscreens (serigraphs) allow the artist to vary the colours and patterns while printing. A different screen is used for each colour in the print, and this results in a print with great colour density and many qualities of the original piece in terms of colour saturation.
At Cedar Hill Long House, all of our prints are limited edition silk screen prints, or serigraphs. Please visit our online gallery.
Large Selection Of Limited Edition Native Art Prints
As a publisher of limited edition serigraphs we are the original source for high quality prints. We have an extensive selection and offer one of the most affordable ways to own authentic Indigenous art of the Northwest coast.
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All of our editions are printed on high quality, acid free paper. All prints are numbered, inspected and signed by the artists, and they are sought after for their low edition numbers. Once an edition is sold out, it is truly gone, and no further prints will be made. This is another reason why Northwest Coast Indigenous Art prints are gaining in worldwide popularity.
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We take great pride in what we do. We are committed to building and maintaining exceptional relationships with established and up and coming Native artists; and to connect with, and give back to their communities by allocating a portion of our sales to the preservation of Indigenous languages and culture.
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