My project is something I've been noodling on for a number of years. My home office has several of my favorite pictures matted and framed hanging on the walls. I find myself more calm and at peace surrounded by them, I hope you will too. I've used photo printing services for years but always felt that I was lacking control over one of the most important steps in the process, namely printing. This project aims to resolve that issue.
I've already purchased a large format 17" * 22" photoprinter, an Epson Stylus Pro 3880. It is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, 10/28/10. I am almost giddy with anticipation. I also ordered hardware to calibrate my monitor and several kinds of paper.
Why a kickstarter project? Large format printing is expensive, the ink alone costs $60 per cartridge and there are nine of them in the printer! While the ink is expensive, the real sticker shock is reserved for fine art archival paper in big sheets. A 17" * 22" piece of paper will set you back over $6 and they come 25 sheets to a package. To buy a small assortment of paper almost requires a mortgage. I anticipate the learning curve will be steep and fraught with expensive mistakes. By making a pledge you are simply confirming what I hope to be true, that people will be interested and motivated enough to purchase one or more of my prints. The funds will help cover my learning curve so the first and every subsequent print I ship will be the absolute best I can produce.
Please understand, this isn't a charity. I firmly believe in providing the highest quality print I can at a great value. Your pledge will result in one of my prints (details in the pledge section, see www.wardscorner.net/prints.htm for the available prints) printed on archival quality paper with inks tested to last for more than 50 years. I plan to have the prints ready to ship in time for Christmas, they should make unique gifts.
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