Each print is carefully recreated on high quality ‘SomersetEnhanced Velvet’ paper made at the historic St. Cuthberts Mill. Situated in the ancient Cathedral City of Wells in the southwest of England, St Cuthberts Mill has been making paper since the early 1700's, taking advantage of the pure waters of the River Axe. Here they continue to use traditional methods and are fortunate to have one of the few remaining Cylinder Mould Machines left in the world, it is now over 100 years old. The paper we use for our prints is exclusively produced at St Cuthberts Mill. Somerset Enhanced VelvetSomerset Enhanced is made from 100% cotton and created usingtraditional methods. This exquisite paper has a high whiteness without unnecessary use of optical brightening agents (OBA). An archival grade paper buffered with calcium carbonate to combat acid attack finished prints may encounter from air pollution. Prints have excellent tonal separation throughout the range, minimal ink spread and are almost instantly touch dry. Somerset Enhanced is excellent for fine art photography and fine art reproduction.Rigorous quality control checks are routinely carried out to ensure the paper is made to the highest standard. Somerset Enhanced is Fine Art Trade Guild approved in 255g/m². Below: Short video of paper making process at St Cuthberts Mill.
The Fine Art Trade Guild was formed in 1910as the successor to the 1847 Printsellers’ Association, set up to oversee the fine art print trade. The Guild continues to set standards for prints. In addition, it sets standards and guidelines for picture framing.Giclée prints produced on the Somerset Velvet Enhanced paper can have the Fine Art Trade Guild logo placed on them, showing that they are printed to the Fine Art Trade Guild's high standards and gives the buyer confidence in the quality of the print. The logo is shown here in full size and would be added within the bottom border area of a print. This addition is a personal choice and is available upon request. For customers having remarques careful consideration should be given to the overall aesthetics before including the logo. Epson Quality InksAll our prints are processed locally to the highest standard using Epson UV pigmented ultrachrome ink. The UltraChrome ink combines the main features of EPSON dye and pigment ink resulting in vibrant and vivid colour output, together with a longevity of up to 75 years (dependent on media type). Our High Quality rints are created using the Stylus Pro 10600 which is ideal for large format Fine Art reproduction. Developed with two types of black ink the Stylus Pro 10600 provides maximum flexibility and is able to meet the required needs of fine art printing. Photo black ink is designed to achieve high gloss levels on photographic and proofing media, while Matte black ink will optimise print quality on plain, matte and fine art media. Looking after your printTo help keep your prints in tip top condition for the years to come you are advised not to hang any fine art prints in direct sunlight or on walls facing strong daylight. Do not illuminate them with strong halogen or spot lamps. Since heat can also affect them, keep any light source at least 12’’/30cms away. Similarly avoid hanging over radiators or fires.