Art Foundry International Renovates with Photo Canvas Inkjet Prints

Art Foundry International Sunset Photo Canvas Paper

As noted in an earlier post here at the LexJet Blog, there’s a new photo paper in town, and its name is Sunset Photo Canvas Paper 230g.

Since its introduction a couple of weeks ago a lot of different types of print shops, designers, décor specialists, artists and photographers have made it a go-to photo paper for framed and mounted art and photo applications.

Take Art Foundry International, based in Lawrenceville, Ga., which recently completed a décor renovation for a hotel that featured around 300 framed abstract photo art pieces. The texture of Sunset Photo Canvas Paper was ideal for the project at hand.

“The designer requested artwork that would stay true to their color scheme. They didn’t want the usual floral or nearby landmark prints, but more of an abstract take on the nature which surrounds the location of their hotel. The warm colors of the wood bark really popped out on the paper, and complemented the room design very well,” explains Saloni Desai, President of Art Foundry International. “The images, such as the wood bark and moss-covered tree trunk, have a natural, textured feel, so they were looking for the right paper to highlight that.”

Art Foundry International produced about 300 framed prints on Sunset Photo Canvas Paper with the company’s inkjet printer at sizes such as 20″ x 34″, 34″ x 22″, 22″ x 35″, and 11″ x 11″.

“LexJet’s new canvas paper allows me to enhance the vision even further by really bringing my photography and artwork to life and giving it a lot of depth. It mimics a real canvas painting, which really helps hit a home run with the customization aspect. I am very pleased with the innovative quality of this paper and look forward to marketing the exclusivity I can offer my clients for their projects. The feedback we’ve heard from this project is that the pictures look so real they make you want to walk up to the frame and actually touch it, expecting to feel the tree bark’s texture,” says Desai.

Art Foundry International designs, interprets, creates, develops and distributes a diverse portfolio of artistically inspired products as a result of relationships with artists and designers globally.

The company markets these creations to its customers and clients, presenting value and beauty in the form of unique commercial, hospitality, and residential designer products.

A major part of Art Foundry’s decor furnishings business revolves around its custom framed artwork and mirrors that complements the design in each unique space.

Get Ready for The Five: Five Months of Deep Discounts

Get ready for 5 months of deep discounts and staggering savings on the 5th of each month, starting Tuesday, August 5.

LexJet The 5Visit us on our website, the LexJet Blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn, or call us at 800-453-9538 on Tuesday morning to find out the first big deal of The 5.

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Transforming Trash into Art to Help Reduce Trash

No Es Basura Exhibition

For three months in the spring of 2012, from March 7 to June 6, Peter Gwillim Kreitler collected trash from 1,250 linear feet of Santa Monica Beach, California. This trash collection turned into a photography collection called No Es Basura, This is not Trash, now on display at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica.

No Es Basura ExhibitionIn the introduction to the collection, Kreitler explains: “Sixteen months later, John Reiff Williams, the gentleman who photographed our wedding in 1985, embraced the challenge and brought what was discarded, forgotten, or simply mundane into an object of art. The transformation is evident. And now our venture is intended to delight, inspire and motivate all of us to embrace our commitment to cleaner oceans and beaches.”

No Es Basura ExhibitionWilliams was an excellent choice, as his photography often blurs the lines, literally and figuratively, between the abstract and reality, perhaps best illustrated by his three signature photographic series – the La Jolla Beach Project, The Edge of Collapse Series from Mexico City and the Hollywood Boulevard Series – covered here at the LexJet Blog.

“Peter was going to do the project himself, and kept calling more for advice because he couldn’t get the results he wanted. He asked me to photograph the Arrowhead plastic water bottle, which was the first one in the series, and after that he said, ‘You have to photograph this whole show.’ He’s an old friend, so I couldn’t say no,” recalls Williams. “He had boxes and boxes of stuff, and finally brought the boxes over. After three or four boxes of that you scratch your head to remember what was in the first box, so I put the items in clear plastic. Even if I knew it was going to be a show I wasn’t thinking about continuity, but just the integrity of each object. These objects sat out for two or three days sometimes as I thought about them.”

Peter Gwillim KreitlerAs an example, the photo shown here of Kreitler standing next to the print of tangled fishing lures, hooks and bobbers at the exhibition was a matter of perspective. Williams imagined he was underwater, he was a fish, and this was his next meal.

“I tried to be honest with the photography, and asked myself: ‘Have I seen anything like this before,’ and, ‘Can I take this image any further?’ If you can’t amaze yourself, then you can’t amaze anyone else,” says Williams.

Williams estimates he took 5,000 photos of the debris and detritus that Kreitler collected at Santa Monica Beach and printed about 125 for the exhibition. Williams printed all the test prints, but was limited in scale by the size of his Epson 3880 inkjet printer. So, he called on master printer Roger Wong to print the gallery pieces, ranging from 16″ x 20″ to 40″ x 60″, on Hahnemuhle FineArt Baryta 325 g.

John Reiff Williams
The photographer, John Reiff Williams.

“Our profiles, printers, monitors and color-management systems were all matched, so Roger was basically able to print blind with just a few adjustments,” explains Williams. “Up until this point I had been printing on Hahnemuhle photo rag, so this was a big switch for me to go to a gloss paper, and the prints look great.”

To see the photographic collection, click here.

Upscale and Inviting: Ben Ham’s New Charleston Gallery

Ben Ham Images

Ben Ham is a craftsman whose craftsmanship goes far beyond his excellence in landscape photography. When we spoke with him yesterday he was working with lumber for the finishing touches on his newly opened gallery in Charleston, S.C.

Ben Ham ImagesWe mentioned Ben Ham’s new gallery in a previous Where They Are Now post here at the LexJet blog. What we found when we caught up with him was a growing and dynamic business taking a big step with the new gallery space in Charleston.

Since that update, the Ben Ham Images gallery in Charleston is officially open. It’s a gallery built from scratch with Ham’s personal touch on everything inside the historic building on King Street, which is the epicenter of downtown Charleston.

For instance, due to the historic nature of the building, Ham wasn’t allowed to drill into the brick to hang his large framed prints. Ham’s solution was to build panels that float off the brick wall. supported on two mahogany columns that run to the ceiling.

Ben Ham Images Gallery in CharlestonHam’s goal was to create a space that’s both upscale and inviting. There’s a fine line between the two, says Ham, and walking that fine line will be crucial to the gallery’s success.

“I don’t want you to feel like you’re at a gallery where they buzz you in and you don’t belong unless you have deep pockets. I’m trying to be very careful so that it’s upscale while being accessible and inviting,” says Ham.

While Ham plans to have a grand opening of the gallery early next year, he’s offered some limited “sneak peek” preview events where some who attended asked about renting the space for charity events.

Ben Ham Images Gallery“I’m excited that people are seeing the space as a venue for charity events, but instead of renting out the space we’ll partner with them,” says Ham. “I’ve done a lot of work with charities over the years, and that’s been very good because you get great people in there and you get to give back. I’ve found that it’s best to work on something together that’s for everybody in the community.”

And, when Ham puts on event he spares no expense to ensure a memorable experience for all who attend. His theory is that how you put on event is a direct reflection on how much you value your work.

“We never pour cheap wine or use plastic cups, and we have it catered. You shouldn’t create a special event around art and try to do it on the cheap; you’re saying something about the work. I think the work is special, so I’m going to provide a special experience for coming out,” says Ham. “You should go all out, but artists are sometimes resistant to that. I’m an artist, but I’m also a businessman. It’s important to treat yourself that way, and that’s how you stay in business.”

Canvas Stretch Master Setup Video

Canvas Stretch Master Setup VideoLast week LexJet was named the exclusive North American Distributor of the Canvas Stretch Master, a pneumatic canvas stretching machine that is capable of stretching up to 60 canvases per hour.

In that announcement, found here on the LexJet Blog, we included a demonstration video to show you how the machine is operated.

We also wanted to give you an idea of what to expect regarding setup and how to make some minor adjustments to the machine to get optimal results.

In the video embedded below, learn how to set up the Canvas Stretch Master and get it ready for production…

Run through the Jungle in South Dakota with Photo Wall Murals

Printed Museum DisplayThe Armed Forces Military Display and Gifts museum in Wasta, S.D., is more than a museum; it is a re-creation of the environments and elements in which America’s wars were fought.

The museum’s curator, Tom Rancour, goes to great lengths to infuse each display with as much reality as possible. The various military equipment and arms displayed at the museum – from the personal items soldiers carried in the field to airplanes and tanks – represent the culmination of years of painstaking collection by Rancour and items generously donated by veterans and their families.

In order to better set the scene for the museum’s recent displays that incorporate the environment in which the original equipment would be typically found, Rancour has been using Photo Tex (EX) – Aqueous Printers from LexJet for photographic wall murals.

The first wall mural depicted German field equipment used in World War II, a project we covered a couple of months ago at the LexJet Blog.

Museum GraphicsThe most recent display features equipment and uniforms typically used in the jungles of Vietnam. The wall mural printed on Photo Tex creates the jungle surroundings, as well as artificial palm trees, bamboo and a Ficus tree Rancour bought at Michael’s craft store.

“I found two jungle pictures at a stock photography site and merged them together in Photoshop so you couldn’t see where they merged. I enlarged it to eight feet to cover the corner room where the display is located,” explains Rancour. “The Photo Tex EX was easy to apply, including the outside corners, in one piece. I made sure the corners were nice and plumb and square, because if they weren’t it would be difficult to apply it without cutting the material to size. On the outside corners I peeled the material horizontally rather than vertically, which made it easier for that part of the application.”

Rancour applied the Photo Tex to five different wall sections in the corner room in two panels. The total size of the mural is about 8′ x 26′. Rancour adds that instead of taking a security sensor off of the wall, he cut around it and applied that piece to the sensor’s cover. “You don’t notice it; it blends right in,” he says.

“I used the EX version of Photo Tex because of the wall surface, which is a lightly textured eggshell. I didn’t have any problems when I tested the regular Photo Tex on it, but to be safe I went to the EX because it was a minimal extra cost to do it,” he adds.

Rancour’s next project will be a British military desert scene from World War II for which he’s currently looking for appropriate photography to use for the surrounding wall mural.