LexJet’s New Inkjet-Printable Materials for Custom Wallcoverings

Hanging a picture on a wall can take on a whole new meaning when the image is supersized, printed in panels on a wallcovering material, and installed by a professional paperhanger.

In a previous post on this blog LexJet showed an example of a restaurant mural that photographer Norman Gilbert had created for the entrance of The Tower Room restaurant in Memphis. He printed that mural on his Epson Stylus Pro 9600 wide-format printer using LexJet’s WallPro wallcovering material for aqueous inkjet printers.

Recently, LexJet introduced a new line of textured wallcovering materials for inkjet printers that use low solvent inks (such as the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000), solvent inks, or UV-curable inks.

These new WallPro SUV materials offer several advantages that will enable interior designers to decorate entire walls, hallways, entryways, or rooms with custom-designed murals. For one thing, the WallPro SUV materials cost about one-third less per square foot than the original WallPro materials for aqueous inks. And because solvent ink printers can print faster than aqueous-inkjet printers, a higher number of panels can be printed in less time.

The WallPro SUV materials incorporate LexJet’s expertise in producing inkjet materials for high-quality photo and art reproduction. For example, the bright white, matte surface of the wallcoverings helps produce the wide color gamut needed to show more highlight and shadow details in an image, support smooth tonal gradations, and reproduce corporate colors. The relatively subtle textures in these wallcoverings were selected to enhance the overall aesthetics of a decorated room without degrading key details in the printed artwork or images.

With LexJet WallPro™ SUV wallcoverings, any photograph, painting, graphic design, brand image, or montage can be converted into a site-specific, decorative mural for corporate offices and lobbies, museums, restaurants, hotels, resorts, healthcare facilities, retail stores, universities, sport and entertainment venues, and homes.

Four textures are currently available:

WallPro SUV Velvet is the most versatile because its smooth, softly textured surface is good for reproducing high-resolution images. It is recommended for use in corporate environments, healthcare facilities, entertainment venues, and retail.

WallPro SUV Canvas looks like a finely woven art canvas. It is ideal for reproducing artwork and photographs and is a great choice for museums, restaurants, and hotels. It can even be used to create short-term economical gallery wraps for indoor or outdoor décor art.

WallPro SUV Fresco has a subtle, plaster-like texture that is perfect for certain types of restaurant décor or printing historical images in museums or themed retail environments. Images printed on this wallpaper can appear as if they have been painted directly on the wall.

WallPro SUV Pebble is a good option for décor clients who want to see a stronger, more visible texture behind an image with softer details.

All of LexJet’s WallPro SUV wallcoverings meet Class A fire-rating standards and EPA requirements low VOC-emitting products. Because LexJet WallPro materials are designed for long-term use, professional installation by an experienced paperhanger is recommended. To find a professional paperhanger in your area, visit the website the National Guild of Professional Paperhangers (NGPP)

For more details about LexJet WallPro SUV and the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer that can be used to print them, call a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.

If you have ideas for murals that you would like to create, an account specialist can refer you to a printing company in your area that is equipped to print on LexJet WallPro SUV.

The creative possibilities for using WallPro SUV in interior design are endless. In the example shown here, Pamela Durkin of New Line Design brought an outdoor look to an indoor space on the third-floor of a design center. She combined faux painting and stone work with a custom inkjet print of an outdoor lanai scene. So that the furniture shown in the print matched the products in the showroom, she reproduced a high-res photograph that had been used in the furniture maker’s marketing collateral.

Setting the Stage for a Major Exhibition at the National Geographic Museum

If you are planning to visit Washington, DC anytime between now and the end of March, consider visiting the National Geographic Museum to check out an amazing exhibit entitled “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor.” The reason we’re talking about it here is because the National Geographic Imaging Department used an Espon Stylus Pro GS6000 and LexJet Sunset Satin Canvas SUV to print many of the graphics and visuals that tell the story of the Terra Cotta Warriors and artifacts on display. Below are excerpts of an article that appeared in Vol. 4, No. 12 of LexJet’s Expand newsletter.  

 One of China’s most popular tourist destinations is near the city of Xi’an, where archaeologists are continuing to excavate a massive, subterranean vault containing fragments of thousands of life-size terra cotta figures produced more than 2,000 years ago. The figures were created to guard the tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangdi, who ruled from 221 B.C. to 210 B.C. 

More than 1,000 figures have been unearthed, and an estimated 6,000 more remain in the known underground pits. National Geographic magazine first published an article about these terra cotta warriors in 1978, after the first fragments were found four years earlier by farmers digging a well. The site is now regarded as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. 

When it was announced that some figures and artifacts from Qin Shihuangdi’s tomb would be available for display in the United States, the National Geographic Museum was one of four museums chosen to present an exhibition.  Entitled “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor,” the exhibit opened at the National Geographic Museum on Nov. 19 and runs through March 31, 2010.  The 12,000-sq. ft. exhibition is organized in four rooms on the first floor of the headquarters of the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.

The “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC runs through March 31, 2010. The exhibition showcases 15 life-size terra cotta figures, including two infantrymen, a chariot driver, two officers, an armored warrior, two archers, a cavalryman, two musicians, a strongman, a court official, a stable attendant, and a horse. Also on display are 100 sets of artifacts and an hour-long film that features an inside look at the massive tomb where the artifacts were found. For more information, visit www.warriorsdc.org. (Photo: Kate Baylor, National Geographic)

The exhibit’s graphics and visuals were designed by Alan Parente, Art Director for the National Geographic Museum.  Dozens of text panels, illustrations, and other supporting graphics were produced by Rob Naylor of the National Geographic Imaging Dept. which is managed by Bernard Quarrick. 

About 95% of the graphics for this project were produced on the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 low-solvent-ink printer that National Geographic’s Imaging Dept. had purchased from LexJet. The graphics include more than 75 large graphics panels printed on Sunset Select Satin Canvas SUV and 50 to 60 directional and informational signs printed on vinyl and posted inside and outside the museum.     

“We were extremely excited to get this exhibition,” says Parente. “We were all honored to be able to work on it.”

Because of the tremendous costs involved in transporting and insuring the artifacts, and providing additional security, this is the first time the National Geographic Museum has sold tickets for an exhibition.  When the exhibit opened in November, more than 100,000 advance tickets had already been sold.

Even though the artifacts had previously been shown at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Parente wanted to create a fresh design for the National Geographic Museum. He wanted to present the Terra Cotta Warriors in a way that would include the type of explanatory information that fans of National Geographic Society expect.

Parente chose earth tones for the color scheme to put the focus on the warriors themselves. He selected canvas as a no-sheen, natural-looking material for the entryway, explanatory text and supporting illustrations.  Most of the text panels are applied directly to the walls. The illustrations were printed on canvas, stretched as gallery wraps, and hung on the wall.

The walls of the opening room are completely covered in about 820 sq. ft. of LexJet Sunset Select Satin SUV Canvas printed on an Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 printer. The canvas was installed directly to the walls by a professional wallpaper-hanger. (Photo: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic)
Each of the other three rooms of the exhibit had 12 to 16 text panels. Each panel was about 8 to 10 ft. high, and varied in width from about 16 to 52 in., depending on the size of the presentation case. (Photos: Mark Theissen, National Geographic)

The exhibit graphics were produced during an intense six-week period from early October through mid-November. During this time, the GS6000 ran nearly non-stop including nights and weekends.

“The printer got a real workout on this job,” says Naylor. “But it came through like a champ.” Naylor also used the GS6000 with calendered vinyl to print floor graphics, outdoor signs, and directional signs. He used LexJet Sunset Fine Art Satin SUV by Hahnemuhle to produce promotional prints that could be displayed in the windows of local retailers. 

Supporting illustrations for the exhibit were printed on canvas, stretched, and displayed as gallery wraps. The largest illustration was a 16 x 3 ft. seamless panoramic image designed to give viewers a sense of the immensity of the archaeological dig site in China. (Photo: Mark Thiessen, National Geographic)

Producing graphics for the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit enabled the National Geographic Imaging Department to demonstrate their full range of capabilities. Until now, most exhibits in the National Geographic Museum have featured the organization’s world-class images that show the richness and diversity of our world. Most of these images are printed on National Geographic’s Durst Lambda which uses RGB lasers to exposure images onto photo papers which are then fed through a silver-halide photo processor.

National Geographic Imaging is also equipped with a GBC Orca wide-format laminator and three Epson Stylus Pro 9800 printers which are used primarily to print maps and as proofing devices for National Geographic magazines and publications.

According to Quarrick, the graphics team at National Geographic Imaging can handle a wide range of exhibit-graphics work for other museums in the Washington, DC area. “We don’t like to turn down anything. What someone might consider a problem, we in National Geographic Imaging treat as a challenge,” says Quarrick.

Designer Alan Parente agrees that the Imaging Department has some very knowledgeable employees: “These guys are great partners to have. They are very creative in their own right. When I come to them with my ideas, I know I can rely on them to help me figure out how to make these things a reality.”

Naturally, everyone at LexJet is thrilled to see LexJet materials used in such a magnificent exhibit. Account specialist Jaimie Perez says, “I have been working with Rob for years, and was honored to help Rob find the perfect materials to fit their vision of the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit.”

For more information about “Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor” exhibition, visit www.warriorsdc.org

For more information about using the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 and LexJet materials to produce exhibit graphics and visuals, contact Jaimie Perez or any of the other helpful experts at LexJet ay 800-453-9538.

Vincent Goetz Brings a Painterly Feel to Abstract Photography

Now more than ever, photography careers are shaped by how quickly and clearly you can recognize emerging markets for images. Just ask Vincent Goetz, who recently resumed his photography career after taking a 30-year hiatus from the craft.

This photograph, entitled Steel Navel, actually depicts a bullet hole in rusted sheet metal. (Photo: Vincent Goetz)

Like many of his peers, Goetz developed an interest in photography in high school, bought a lot of equipment, experimented in the darkroom, and considered becoming a commercial photographer. But after doing two shoots, he realized he didn’t want to deal with people telling him what or how to shoot. Nor did he relish the more mundane parts of the business such as a collecting bills, or dealing with talent.

So, he found other ways to support his lifestyle. He worked as a fisherman, grocery clerk, janitor, burger flipper, climber, Yosemite park ranger, bartender, waiter, banker, and consultant. Although he took some photographs as part of the Light Brigade outdoor-education group in Yosemite, he eventually quit photography because he felt that that glass of the lens was getting in the way of real life. As Goetz puts it, “I found myself taking pictures of life rather than living. I was fairly active—surfing, climbing, kayaking, riding motorcycles, skiing, etc. I was always looking for the picture, rather than stopping to enjoy what I was doing.” 

By the time he decided to get back into photography 30 years later, everything had changed. It was all about experimenting with the limits of digital instead of Kodachrome. And although he quickly discovered “the learning curve in digital is immense,” he also immediately recognized that digital opened up endless new possibilities for how the images could be processed and used.

Bringing Creativity to Digital Décor. Currently, Goetz is eager to explore what can be done with images in large office and commercial spaces and on materials such as plaster, aluminum, leather, and non-conventional substrates. He is excited by the fact that digital printing is radically changing our perceptions of what photography can be.

“You can cover a fair amount of wall space and create a certain feeling in a room with an image,” says Goetz. “A painting can only get you so far.” He believes it’s only a matter of time before someone figures out a way to transfer images to wet plaster as a building is being constructed. He can envision how images might look applied both to the interior and exterior walls of buildings.

A Hybrid Style: Goetz characterizes his own style of photography as a hybrid between photography and painting.  Although he does shoot some scenics, he believes that it’s his more abstract images that distinguish him as an artist.  This year, he exhibited his work at the Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing, China and the Gordon Huether’s Hay Barn Gallery in Napa, CA.
Would you ever guess this was a photograph of the surface of an old gas pump? (Photo by Vincent Goetz)

Some of Goetz’s favorite work includes a series of close-up images of the surfaces of old gas pumps that had been exposed to the elements for 70 years or so. The peeling, oxidizing paint reveals a surprisingly rich depth of color and textures. Unless you’ve been told that you’re looking at the weathered metal surface of a gas pump, you’d never guess.

“I like making images that make you think and question what you are seeing,” explains Goetz. “I look for color and texture, and the purity of the image. I also like to see how our eyes are attracted to images and absorb them.” 

Printing on Canvas
: When Goetz first started using Nikon D200 and D300 cameras, he had a friend print his work while he concentrated on learning Photoshop and the basic workflow.  But having worked in the darkroom in high school, Goetz knew he eventually wanted to learn to print his work himself.  With guidance from his printmaker friend and account specialist Darren Vena at LexJet, Goetz has reached the point where he prints nearly all of his own work on the Epson Stylus Pro 7900.

“I am also starting to print for others, which is really fun,” says Goetz. “It’s also a good way to see and understand what other people are shooting.”

He prints some images on LexJet Archival Matte paper because he likes the way that it holds the blacks. But he prints most of his images at 24 x 36 in. on LexJet Sunset Select Matte Canvas.

“I really like printing on canvas,” says Goetz. In addition to shooting and printing images that looks like paintings, Goetz has started studying painting and likes experimenting with different techniques. Similarly, he would love to experiment with printing on non-traditional surfaces, especially now that it has become much easier to make wall-size prints than wall-size paintings. 

For 20 years, Goetz worked as a banker, which might seem to be odd career choice for someone born with the spirit and vision of an artist.  But as a banker, he delighted in helping other people find ways to make their dreams come true. That experience has motivated him to focus on pursuing his own visions as a photographic artist.

“A lot of life has distilled the way I see, and I am constantly intrigued by the abstractness of nature and the environment around us. Having been a banker, I also see the business side of photography and am trying a different model.” says Goetz. 

In October, Vincent Goetz's images were exhibited at the Yuanfen New Media Art Space in Beijing, China.

He would like to create photography that gets people to see differently—to open their eyes and realize that some of the most common things around us are startingly beautiful.  Someday, Goetz would also like to see his work printed very large or on unique substrates, and has started seeking partnerships in the US and abroad that might make that happen.

“I would like to think that some of my images are interesting enough that people look twice at the world around them,” says Goetz. “Sight is such a gift, and to share what we see is even more magical.”

To see more of Goetz’s photography, including images shot during his recent trip to China, visit his website: www.vincentgoetz.com

Photo Mural Creates Buzz in Hudson Valley Coffee Shop

Many photographers know that visitors to popular scenic and outdoor recreation areas like to browse through area galleries and gift shops to buy framed or matted prints, notecards, or calendars to remind them of their trip. But enterprising professional photographers such as Robert Rodriguez Jr. of Beacon, NY are discovering that owners of local businesses like buying photographs of the natural surroundings too.

Rodriguez, who specializes in landscape images of the scenic Hudson River Valley, has started producing large canvas prints and photo murals that can help patrons of local businesses see the natural wonders of the area in a whole new way. “Being able to show people how it feels to stand on top of a scenic overlook at sunrise, and feel the emotion I get when beautiful light enters the Valley is so much more convincing in a large, almost life-sized, print,” says Rodriguez.

For example, Robert Rodriguez, Jr. recently created this 54 x 128 in. photo mural for the Bank SQ Coffee Shop in Beacon, NY. The mural is an enlargement of a panoramic photo he shot of Storm King Mountain, the dominant landmark of the region on the banks of the Hudson River. The mountain is located about five miles from the coffee shop. 

Robert Rodriguez created this photo mural for the Bank Sq Coffee Shop at 129 Main St. in Beacon, NY.

According to Rodriguez, “The response to the mural has been phenomenal. Locals recognize the scene immediately and it makes them feel more connected with the region, and proud of its natural beauty.”

Rodriguez used the 44-in. Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF8100 printer in his studio to output the mural in three sections on Photo Tex PSA fabric from LexJet. Photo Tex PSA is an inkjet-printable fabric with a repositionable, pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA). In addition to reproducing a surprisingly high level of image quality, the wrinkle-resistant, adhesive-backed fabric panels are relatively easy to install on flat, non-porous surfaces. No specialized training is required. If you make a mistake when aligning the printed panels, simply remove and reposition it until you get it right. When it’s time to remove the mural, the adhesive removes cleanly without gummy residue.

After installing the mural, Rodriguez added a 3 x 4 in. plaque with his name and website and notes about how and when the image was captured.

Storm King Mountain Photo: Robert Rodriguez, Jr.

“This is one of my favorite locations to photograph in the Hudson Valley, and I never get tired of finding different angles, lighting and weather conditions, and times of the year to find new and exciting interpretations.” he explains. “Storm King Mountain is also historically significant in the environmental movement and where Scenic Hudson got its start to becoming a major force in the Valley for conservation. I’ve donated this and many other images for their use in this cause. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy this resource if it weren’t for the work that Scenic Hudson has done in my ‘backyard’.”

You can read more about Robert Rodriguez, Jr. in Vol. 4, No. 11 of LexJet’s In Focus newsletter. Or, check the images on his website and read his excellent blog, entitled Beyond the Lens.

Learn How to Get More From Your Wide-Format Inkjet Printer

By Eileen Fritsch

Décor Photography: Because photographing food is one of Humphreys’ specialties as a commercial photographer, he offers many artistic images of fresh fruits and vegetables in The Carlysle Collection, his online site for décor photography. Many of his images are ideal for the walls of restaurants, kitchens, or food stores. Humphreys will make prints of any of the images in the collection in sizes ranging from 8 x 10 in. up to 30 x 40 in. Typically, he uses either LexJet’s Sunset Select Canvas or Sunset Photo eSatin Paper. To see more of Humphreys’ décor photography, visit www.thecarlyslecollection.com
Décor Photography: Because food is one of Humphreys’ specialties as a commercial photographer, he offers artistic images of fresh fruits and vegetables in The Carlysle Collection, his online site for décor photography. Humphreys will make prints of any image in the collection in sizes ranging from 8 x 10 in. up to 30 x 40 in. Photo ©David Humphreys

At PhotoPlus Expo, which opens Oct. 22 in New York, many sessions will help photography professionals adapt to the changing economics of the photography business. Some sessions will explain how to branch out into new fields such as weddings, portraiture, cinematography, or fine-art photography. Other sessions will talk about different marketing channels and techniques, including websites, social networks, personal branding, photo books, and selling stock direct.  It will be a very timely conference, and I expect to return with many new ideas and sources of helpful information.

Many of the business diversification and marketing themes at PhotoPlus Expo dovetail nicely with the content I’m developing for future issues of LexJet’s In Focus newsletter. If you’re not familiar with In Focus, check out the current issue and explore the archives.

One of the main editorial goals of In Focus is to help photography professionals find ways to generate new revenues, especially by doing more with the pro-model Canon, Epson, and HP printers they purchase from LexJet.

For example, for the most recent issue of In Focus, I profiled David Humphreys an accomplished, Addy-award-winning commercial photographer who runs the Fabphotos studio in Baton Rouge, LA.  He owns both an HP Designjet Z3100 and an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and uses a variety of materials from LexJet, including LexJet Sunset Select Canvas, Sunset Coatings, and Sunset Photo eSatin Paper.

His primary business is high-end product photography for corporate clients, publications, and organizations. But he also markets décor prints online through The Carlysle Collection and creates one-of-a-kind, photo-collage prints that he sells through fine-art galleries.  And with connections he made through the gallery, he has started making prints and limited-edition reproductions for artists and other photographers.

Although this diversification has helped his photography business, Humphreys says it does require almost constant attention to marketing, including learning more about new markets for your work, finding ways to differentiate yourself, and producing and promoting high-quality work that people will gravitate to.

During the transition from film to digital photography, Humphreys says he invested a lot of time and money in researching and buying new equipment. Now he is focusing on generating more revenues with the equipment he already owns—including his printers.

“I used to send all my work to a lab,” says Humphreys. “But now I not only print 95% of my own work, but I also do high-end printing for other photographers and artists.” When he shoots products for commercial clients, he will sometimes print banners and displays for them as well.

Humphreys uses different signature photos in his e-mails, depending on whether he is corresponding with clients for his editorial, fine-art, or decor photography.
Humphreys uses different signature photos in his e-mails, depending on whether he is corresponding with clients for his editorial, fine-art, or decor photography.

As printing has become a more important part of his business, Humphreys relies on LexJet for continuing advice and support (which is partly why we publish In Focus).

 “I feel like I can call my rep Darren Vena any time, ask him questions, and have him research different types of materials for me,” says Humphreys. “The information LexJet shares with its customers is a wonderful thing.”

If you’d like to learn more about how to get more from your printer, call a LexJet account specialist for more details at 800-453-9538 or subscribe to LexJet’s In Focus newsletter.

In addition to the In Focus article, Finding New Markets for Photography Talents, you may also be interested in the article that describes Fantastic Deals on New Printers Through Oct. 31.

How Wide-Format Printing Has Helped a Framing Shop Diversify

Somers, NY is a small Westchester County community about an hour’s commute from Manhattan. Because it is home to a number of artists and residents who appreciate good art, it is an ideal location for Somers Custom Framing, the full-service framing business run by custom-framing specialist Ken Ryan and his artist wife Ginny. Like many well-run framing businesses, the company has diversified in recent years.

Along with expertise in conservation framing, Somers Custom Framing now offers an artful array of graphic design, photo-restoration, and wide-format printing services. For example, in addition to giclee printing, Somers Custom Framing can print photo enlargements on canvas which Ginny Ryan can hand embellish with over-painting or texturing.

The Ryans also run a retail gift shop as well as an art gallery that sells Ginny’s work, original oil paintings by other local artists, plus limited editions, giclees, custom prints, and posters. As they explain on their website, “We provide our clients with top-quality products and services to address all of their personalized decorating needs, from picture framing to mural printing.”

The 13 x 5 ft. photo mural that Somers Custom Framing printed on Photo Tex PSA fabric from LexJet helped restaurant consultant Bonnie Saran set the design stage for the Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax, VA.
The 13 x 5 ft. photo mural that Somers Custom Framing printed on Photo Tex PSA fabric from LexJet helped restaurant consultant Bonnie Saran set the design stage for the Bollywood Bistro in Fairfax, VA.

Somers Custom Framing has also gotten involved in some retail décor projects. Recently, the Ryans worked with restaurant consultant Bonnie Saran to set the design stage for the new Bollywood Bistro Indian restaurant in Fairfax, VA.  Working with Saran’s ideas, the Ryans created several film-themed murals using stills of some of the best-known stars in Bollywood.

Using their Epson Stylus Pro 9800 wide-format inkjet printer, Ginny printed the murals in panels onto Photo Tex PSA, an inkjet-printable fabric that produces great image quality and is easy to put up and remove. No wall paste is needed and the material is water- and fade-resistant when used with the pigment inks.

The largest mural in the Bollywood Bistro is 13 ft. wide and 5 ft high. “We printed the large scene in strips, which Bonnie hung side-by-side in a seemingly seamless fashion,” explains Ginny Ryan.  Along with the main wall mural, Ginny produced seven additional 97 x 31-in. movie-ticket-themed prints on Photo Tex that decorate the entrance hallway and restaurant interior.

She used other materials from LexJet to print a menu board and window signs with the same Bollywood filmstrip motif as the wall prints.  For example, an Open/Closed sign was printed on a semi-matte photo paper from LexJet and mounted to foamboard with grommets at the top so it could be hung with a chain.

The graphics on the backlit cubes near the bar area of Bollywood Bistro are printed on LexJet 7 Mil Absolute Backlit film.
The graphics on the backlit cubes in the bar area of Bollywood Bistro are printed on LexJet 7 Mil Absolute Backlit film.

For the menu board, Ginny used LexJet’s 8 Mil Production Gloss Photo Paper which was then mounted to foamboard for display in the restaurant’s front window.

In addition, Ginny printed backlit graphics that complement the multi-colored lights that hanging from the ceiling from the restaurant. She printed the designs on LexJet’s 7 Mil Absolute™ Backlit film, which was then placed in several lit cubes that decorate the bar area.

The Bollywood Bistro project wasn’t the first store-design art project that Ginny Ryan had produced for Bonnie Saran. Ginny hand-painted a mural for a gift store in Croton Falls, NY and helped produce indoor and outdoor signage for several other restaurant ventures.

“For Bollywood Bistro, Bonnie described her vision to us and we came up with the best printing solution for her ideas,” explains Ginny. Whenever she was unsure which material to use for certain projects, Ginny Ryan called on LexJet account specialist Jennifer Hepner for advice.

“Whenever we have a new product idea, Jennifer is always available to troubleshoot the possible printing material choices with us.” says Ginny. “The wealth of knowledge she has about the materials LexJet offers is invaluable.”

In their gift shop, the Ryans sell custom photo pillows created with inkjet-printable 3P Country Cotton FR from LexJet.
In their gift shop, the Ryans sell custom photo pillows created with inkjet-printable 3P Country Cotton FR from LexJet.

Somers Custom Framing also uses inkjet-printable 3P Country Cotton FR from LexJet to produce three different sizes of photo pillows that they sell in their gift shop. Since launching the pillow designs eight months ago, they have sold more than 200 pillows.



“Our ability to create, new exciting products using different materials by LexJet is a fantastic asset to the store,” says Ginny Ryan.

You can some of the other products Ginny has created using LexJet materials in the next issue (Vol. 4, No. 9) issue of LexJet’s In Focus newsletter.

If you ever happen to be in northeastern Westchester County, stop by Somers Custom Framing and see just how creative they have been in diversifying their services. Westchester Magazine recently named Somers Custom Framing a winner of a Best of Westchester® award in the category: Best Place to Frame (or Buy) Art.

To learn more about some of the ways you can use a wide-format inkjet printer and materials from LexJet to diversify your imaging business, call one of the helpful account specialists at LexJet at 800-453-9538.