Archival Standards

My work is printed in my own studio, with archival quality Epson Ultrachrome pigment inks on fine art quality matte or premium grade photo papers. Together, these inks and papers can be expected to last without fading for generations. For constructions I use archival quality glues, sealed wood supports, and acid free museum mat or foam board.

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For constructed and collage pieces I use a good many materials unusual for photographic media. I research these and use only the most durable versions. Threads and cords are polyester with synthetic dyes (natural dyes fade). Glass beads are Miyuki and Matsuno, chosen in colors tested to be UV and air quality stable. Crystals are made exclusively by Swarovski. Wire and other metal parts are lacquer coated or protected with a double application of museum wax. (The exception to this is gold or gold-filled wire, since it doesn't tarnish and the color is delightful as is.) Metal leafing, where used, is 23 karat gold or pure palladium, non-tarnishing, adhered with archival gilding medium.