What is a Serigraph?

Serigraphy is a term describing the silk screen process when used for fine art rather than commercial purposes. Unlike many serigraphs on the market today, these original prints are produced and hand printed by the artists themselves, in their studio in Haines, Alaska, on d'Arches Silkscreen 88, a 100% natural rag, neutral pH paper.

The serigraphs by Donna Catotti and Rob Goldberg are produced in an edition, limited in number as indicated in pencil below the image. For example, 1/100 means that this particular print is the first of 100 in the edition. By signing and numbering each print, the artist is guaranteeing that there will never be more than 100 original serigraphs of this design.

There are different methods of producing a stencil for printing the serigraph. The film method, a very thin lacquer-soluble film is laid over the pattern and cut with an art knife to trim away the areas you wish to print. After cutting the stencil, one for each color or blend of colors, the film is adhered to the silk screen with a fluid and the backing is removed. With another method, a negative blockout stencil is registered for placement with the other colors so that the imprint will fall in the right place. This becomes more difficult as the number of colors in a print increases.

When the ink is prepared to its desired color, proper consistency and transparency, the squeegee is hand-pulled by the artist across the screen, pushing the ink through the silk onto the paper below. The entire edition is printed with one color before dissolving the stencil and preparing to print the next color.

The edition size is determined by the number of "good" prints at the end. There may be slight imperfections due to the handmade nature of the printing process, and blends of colors may vary somewhat from print to print. If you are unhappy with the print you receive, for any reason, simply return it promptly, undamaged, for a full refund.