WHEN ARE YOU RELAUNCHING SPIRES.ws Print Store?

Before February, 2015.


Why should I buy directly from Spires?

There might be a few reasons you may prefer
to shop at Spires directly:
 

  • You are directly supporting the artist's independence, and he can focus on making art.
  • Greater share of earnings go to artist instead of intermediaries.
  • Spires.ws will feature exclusive pieces and specialty runs that just won't be available elsewhere. 
  • The Epson 9900 is the highest quality fine art printer on the market. Other providers might use printers with less colors or inferior technology and therefore produce the art with less fidelity than intended. Our colors are truer, brighter and better.
  • Our cotton and canvas materials are best-in-class. We purchase our stocks straight from a paper manufacturer who actually makes their own paper. Our paper source is not a mere reseller who buys this seasons' cheapest "canvas" (for example) in bulk and marks it up. The manufacturer makes the same stocks to the same standards every season, which means the variance in the materials used is effectively zero.
  • You don't intend to place the print in direct sunlight for an extended period of time because that will bleach your print, and could be seen as tragedy, depending on one's point of view.
  • You get stickers
  • You might get karma points and warm fuzzies, depending on your general temperament and worldview.
 
Just try to get that other digital printer to print Pantone 3265.

Just try to get that other digital printer to print Pantone 3265.

Spires Mill Printing Studio - rest area

Spires Mill Printing Studio - rest area


MATERIALS & DESCRIPTIONS

ARCHIVAL COTTON

The best giclée fine art paper you could find. The archival cotton we use is consistently manufactured to exacting standards by a seller with integrity and commitment, lasts 150+ years in normal indoor ambient light, heavyweight, texured, 100% cotton, OBA-free, has the widest color gamut available on a fine-art matte stock; this is ridiculously good paper will look ridiculously good in your space.

PHOTO LUSTER

Photo Luster is a heavyweight photo paper, developed for the discerning printer who demands maximum color gamut, the best contrast and image resolution.  Using a resin-coated base that gives the product a true photographic feel, photo luster allows for maximum ink coverage and produces stunningly vivid images. OBA-full, this is the economy option for the those who would want great image quality who also knows the image yellows over time.

CANVAS RUNNER

Awesome product; alas: to be announced soon.


borderS & SIZING

The 2" white inset border creates a self-matted print that fits in standard frame sizes. Before buying, consider the additional cost of your preferred frame, because we do not accept returns. Cotton prints in particular are not posters; they require framing because they come rolled up, and stubbornly wish to remain a roll. Inserting prints into a frame will flatten them out and protect them. Spires does not yet offer framing services.

Some designs are square, thus square options. 

Here's a really fun sizing chart: 

RECTANGULAR
sheet width
sheet length
border
size
print area
 
12"
18"
2"
8"
14"
 
24"
36"
2"
20"
32"
 
40"
60"
2"
36"
56"

SQUARE
sheet width
sheet length
border
size
print area
 
12"
12"
2"
8"
8"
 
18"
18"
2"
14"
14"
 
24"
24"
2"
20"
20"

This is a sample of the inset border on a print. Exciting, no?


OBA-Free? SO WHAT? 

OBA's are bad for fine art printing. OBA stands for 'optical brightener additive' which is like a sort-of UV reactive chemical to fake whiteness (like what they put in detergents to keep your clothes looking white). Problem is, OBA's get used up by normal light and turn yellow over time. Our exceptional fine art cotton is bright and stays bright for a very long time.

No RETURNS?
ARE YOU INSANE?

I might be insane, but I don't think so. Each piece is made by hand using expensive materials. If the piece is damaged in shipping I will take responsibility and replace it for you at my expense.


Why is design 'x' not available?

Because of time restraints we offer the best selling designs in the Spires repertoire and in standard frame sizes, but I take requests!

Contact me using the from below with the name of your preferred design with preferred size and I will add your request to the Spires.ws store as soon as possible, or reach out for clarification.

 

I have A (RE)quest(ion):

Name *
Name
in inches
in inches
Spires Mill Printing Studio - feeling optimistic

Spires Mill Printing Studio - feeling optimistic

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