New Equipment for a New Direction
FOR GRAPHICS & INSTALLATIONS
Our new printer is an Epson Eco-solvent printer with 10 inks which is designed primarily for graphics and sign-making and would be more normally be found in a sign shop than a fine art printer like ourselves. We think it has tremendous potential for how it differs from our other aqueous or water based printers.
OUR ECO-SOLVENT PRINTER
Epson Surecolor S70675 (wide format 64")
- Uses the Epson UltraChrome® GSX ink-set
- CMYK + Orange + Silver + White
- Epson does not consider the inks “archival” prints are intended only to last for 3 years or less for certain inks.
DURABLE BUT NOT ARCHIVAL
Being essentially oil based pigments these prints are much more durable, they take handling well and are capable of surviving outdoors. The have the look and feel of commercial lithographic printing which is slightly shiny rather then the matt feathery and delicate surface of the aqueous prints. This makes them highly suitable for installations such as wall murals, wall paper (wet-pasted and self-adhesive), billboards and other types of large works that require a significant amount of handling during installation.
The downside is that solvent prints are not colorfast to the same extent as aqueous prints which can last hundreds of years when stored correctly. Solvent prints will last only 3 years and in some instances less. However the range and type of pieces that can be created with this type of printing can still make this a tremendously useful tool for short-lived but dramatic works such as; temporary site-specific installations, temporary outdoor billboards or murals, even graphic displays in touring museum shows or printed items that need to withstand handling such as playing cards, jigsaw pieces or handouts.
TRANSPARENCY AND METALLIC INKS
Commercially these prints are often used for light boxes and floor graphics as this type of ink works well on transparent materials. Lastly we also have metallic silver ink and this can be used in conjunction with other inks to make any number of metallic colors. There is also a white block-out ink that can make transparent window prints either see-through or opaque.
The creative possibilities for this printer are tremendous with the downside that nothing is permanent.
“I've been a digital Illustrator for 20 years. Philip at Skink Ink is the most reliable printer I have found to date. Exceptional prints again and again.’”
——Kristen Balouch, Illustrator