Customer Stories: Finding the Silver Lining

Wasting time is precisely the challenge Richard Forschino, owner of Coastal Giclee and Supplies, was facing when his fine art reproduction business in Carmel, California, grew and demanded faster production. He recognized that opportunity was knocking at his door, and something had to change with his workflow to accommodate his new business stream.

Before he started his business, Richard and his wife, Delia Bradford, a well-known Impressionist artist, invested in costly printed art to be sold at art shows and festivals. At their first event, Richard recalls, “It started to drizzle, and the ink ran off the canvases that we spent a lot of money for. So, we started researching equipment and the process.” What many may see as a significant setback and unfortunate event, Richard and Delia looked for the silver lining that turned out to be a profitable business opportunity.

In the early days of his printing business, Richard relied on the equipment and media that were available at the time. He remembers the old media “had to be coated before being stretched. It was a huge process, very labor intensive… I had a flood coater. You had to print a whole roll at a time… it was costly.”

He also remembers the difficulty with the old printers during cold weather.  When the canvas got cold, the preheater warmed up the canvas, and certain ones would bubble up, causing head strikes. After some growing pains and time, Richard discovered EPSON’s introduction of an eco-solvent printer into the market, and he knew this was the solution he had been waiting for.

Richard invests in the EPSON line of printers and raves about the performance and speed of the SureColor® S80600 and its impact on his shop’s productivity and workflow. “It runs like a champ…This one’s phenomenal.”

He also discovered the Elements Polished Bianco Bright White Gloss Canvas SUV, which turned out to be a winning combination, “It’s just print and go and stretch and go. The Polished Bianco has the added feature of drying very, very quickly, we don’t have to wait very long.” The Polished Bianco has become Richard’s go-to canvas for his business and Delia’s art gallery. “It has a really nice, rich gloss level… color gamut is amazing… I’m not seeing any pulled threads through the canvas, which I’ve found in the past in many other brands.”

Coastal Giclee and Supplies has enjoyed tremendous success with the EPSON® SureColor® S80600 printer and Elements Polished Bianco Canvas, giving Richard and his staff the ability to provide high-quality art prints to artists, photographers, companies on the west coast and Hawaii, as well as local customers.

Richard and Delia could have allowed that rainy day to put a damper on their future plans, but instead, they used that experience as an opportunity to search for a solution that changed their business forecast for decades!

To learn more about the EPSON line of printers and our Elements Portfolio, click below or contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com.

Our Commitment to the Journey to Create a Sustainable Future

At LexJet, we believe our sustainable business practices have a positive effect globally. We continue to expand our sustainability efforts and are proud to share that select LexJet media is officially FSC®- certified!

As an industry leader in the digital printing market, LexJet continues to meet the highest demands and exceed industry standards. We work with manufacturing partners to bring innovative and sustainable products and solutions to our customers to meet their business needs with our professional-grade imaging materials.

What FSC Certification Means and How the FSC System Works

According to the FSC, “the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) verifies that forest-based materials produced according to our rigorous standards are credibly used along the product’s path from the forest to becoming finished goods.” Being certified means that we are committed to ensuring that the products we offer our customers follow the appropriate process from start to finish, from the forest to the finished product in our warehouse.

Melissa Jendzejec-Blanchard, Director of Business Transformation at S-One Holdings Corporation, says, “We only have one planet, so we need to do anything in our power to protect it.  By expanding FSC certification to select LexJet media, we are showing customers our commitment to sourcing responsibly and continuing along the road to a more sustainable future.”

Why It Matters

When you purchase LexJet media with the FSC label, you can trust that the products align with your business’s sustainability goals. “The FSC label on a finished product signals that the materials used during production have met the chain of custody requirements at every step in the supply chain, from sourcing to distribution.”

To view the complete list of FSC®- certified LexJet media, click here.

Our drive to increase sustainability doesn’t end there. In addition to continuing to provide more environmentally conscious products in our portfolio, LexJet also works to reduce its carbon footprint through strategically placed warehouses across the United States. This strategy allows 98% of our customers to receive their orders in two days, reducing transportation-caused carbon emissions. LexJet developed an easy-to-use, environmentally responsible way that has successfully recycled over 2 tons of used ink cartridges and printer fusers since February 2021.

To learn more about how you can take the next step forward in your sustainability journey, please contact a Customer Service Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.

Imaging USA, January 22-24, 2023

This year, Imaging USA promises to be the place where you can find it all- education, inspiration, and celebration- along with a vast expo filled with all the brands a photographer needs to run a successful business.

Visit LexJet booth #264 to learn about our new and innovative products, as well as your LexJet favorites. Don’t miss your chance to check out our featured products, from hardware to media, from live GOframe demonstrations to live printing! It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with our team to ask questions and see our products in action.

Discover the latest advancements and trends on the media that matter most to your business. Experience the new and dynamic Elements canvas and get printed samples on your most loved media. Still need an Expo pass? We’ve got you covered with a FREE pass here!

Need another reason to visit the Music City? Then our raffle will be music to your ears! If owning a printer is on your wish list for 2023, you won’t miss the chance to win big! One lucky attendee will win a Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2100 printer simply by scanning their business card at the show- no purchase necessary. Want to increase your odds? Once your business card has been scanned, every roll of Elements Canvas you purchase will score you an additional raffle entry, increasing your chances of winning.

Don’t miss your chance to learn and be inspired. Join us at Imaging USA in Nashville from January 22-24!

 

Brilliant Quality. Rock Solid Performance. Art Without Limits. This is the Elements Portfolio.

The Elements Portfolio offers the fundamental elements needed to create high-end works of art or high-volume production prints.

Making its grand debut in the Quarry Collection is the NEW Elements Coquina Bright White Production Matte Canvas! This durable bright white polyester matte canvas features a 2 over 1 weave and is just the right solution for those looking to maximize their business with high-volume production runs. It’s the perfect addition to the Quarry Collection, bringing the strength of the canvas to the versatile world of high-volume production of art.

The canvases in this collection offer stellar performance and the high quality you expect from the Elements Portfolio at an affordable price point. The new Elements Coquina Bright White Production Matte Canvas is compatible with aqueous printers and available now for purchase.

From grand masterpieces to high-volume works of art, the Elements Portfolio offers a solution for any of your artistic needs. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538.

 

 

Take the Hassle Out of High-Production Printing the Sustainable Way

Welcome the NEW Elements Maldives Recycled Semi-Gloss Canvas, the latest addition to the Boundless Collection in the LexJet Elements Portfolio!

This new semi-gloss canvas fulfills the wish of all that dream of an outstanding high-quality canvas for high-volume production runs at an affordable price. Maldives Recycled Semi-Gloss Canvas produces high-quality canvas wraps that resist cracking when stretched and provides single-step print production, eliminating the need for costly and time-consuming top coating.

This canvas achieves an artistic look and feel for photo enlargements, reproductions, retail and hospitality décor, and more. It is a bright white, slightly textured, semi-gloss finish canvas that meets environmental goals, made with recycled plastic water bottles [1] and coating materials. It saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and diverts material from landfills [2].

The canvases in the Boundless Collection offer the high quality you expect from the Elements Portfolio at an affordable price point. The new Elements Maldives Recycled Semi-Gloss Canvas is compatible with aqueous printers and available now for purchase.

The ease and beauty of an affordable canvas without the need for top coating are at your fingertips. To learn more, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538.

Footnotes:
1 100% of total PET resin in the product made from recycled water bottles. The coating does not contain recycled materials. Certified according to Global Recycled Standard (GRS) Version 3.0, March 2017.
2 According to “A Report on the Potential Recovery of Beverage Containers at Venues and Events” published on EPA website epa.gov/sites/production/files/2013-07/documents/napcorvenuerecycling.pdf.

 

 

Centuries-Old Company Light-Years Ahead of Its Time

In the modern fine art paper world, you will find many great products available that meet different quality requirements and artistic demands. However, there is one brand that stands out from the rest for its centuries-old history, purity, and excellence, inevitably attracting many fans worldwide. That brand is Hahnemühle.

Founded in 1584, Hahnemühle has evolved and transcended all trends by producing fine art papers using ancient recipes from high-quality cotton fibers, pulp or plant fibers, and pure spring water, making Hahnemühle one of the leading paper producers worldwide.

Sustainability is top of mind in today’s business environment, but Hahnemühle had already begun its sustainable journey long before it was a popular global movement. As early as 1965, Hahnemühle was the first paper manufacturer to produce exclusively vegan artists’ papers and still does not use animal glues or other animal substrates in their paper production practices today.

In 2008, as part of its “Green Rooster” initiative to support regional, national, and international environmental education programs, Hahnemühle’s sustainable papers were created from unique raw materials like rapidly renewable bamboo grass, which led to the creation of an innovative new line of papers, the “Natural Line.” This new product line is made of bamboo, hemp, agave, and newly added sugar cane, available for fine art photo prints, digital art, or art reproductions. Some important environmentally friendly factors to note about these selected plants are that they require minimal maintenance, can grow quickly, require little water, and don’t need any pesticides.

All Natural Line papers are:

  • Vegan​​​​​​​
  • Resistant to aging
  • Acid-free

Named German “Brand of the Century” for the third time in a row by an advisory board of top brand experts, Hahnemühle continues to surpass its own quality standards through the centuries and looks ahead to protect and preserve natural resources for future generations of artists.

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To learn more about the exquisite Natural Line of fine art papers, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.

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