hi. So Lindsay asked in a comment about recommendations for where to make archival prints and where to find packaging for those prints. And I thought maybe more of you might like to know. Hence this short post about it.
First off: archival prints. For years now I've gone through IO Labs, inc for all my prints. When I had my first print run done back in... 200?, they just knocked it out of the park. Vibrant colors. Perfect texture. Substantial archival paper. And I've been pleased with the quality each and every time since. My new prints were produced by IO Labs also. I print on their Hahnemühle German Etching 310 g/m2, which I love. Their turnaround time is great, and their techs can help you with decision-making if necessary. You can also get each print slipped neatly inside its own glassine envelope for a little additional charge. This further helps protect against dust, smudges and grunge from handling. A plus in my book.
And packaging. I've researched lots of packaging options and keep coming back to Uline. They sell in bulk and the envelopes that I buy are made out of recyclable cardboard. They self-seal, too. So no yucky licking. And they're super sturdy... it's hard to bend them (so prints stay nice). And lastly, they can be re-used by my buyers, which I also like for obvious-eco-reasons. Good stuff.
Hope that helps, Lindsay!
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p.s. I'm grateful for sunshine today!