*Giclee (zi:klee, shee-klay, or dzi:klei, and CDI's version: "gee-clay!"™), is a neologism coined in 1991 for the fine art digital prints created on IRIS printers (ink-jet technology invented in the late 1980's), but has since come to mean any high quality ink-jet print and is often used by artists, galleries, and print shops to denote such prints.
*The Term Giclee's Origins: The word "giclee" was created by Jack Duganne, a print maker working at Nash Editions (of the famed rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young). He wanted a name for the new type of prints they were producing on the IRIS printer (model 3047), a large format high resolution industrial prepress proof ink-jet printer they had adapted for fine art printing. He was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of "ink-jet" or "computer generated." To make the word descriptive of of ink-jet technologies, he based it on the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle," or more specifically "gicleur" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray."
*Current Usage: Besides its association with IRIS prints, in the past few years, the word "giclee," a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant inks (pigment based, as well as newer solvent based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson and other types of large format printers using CMYK ink variations on varied substrates such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyls.
*Source for above information on "Giclee" - Wikipedia, dpandi.com "Whats In a Name?": The True Story of Giclee, gicleedirectory.com, signindustry.com.
CDI®-Covershot Digital Imaging, and subsequently GicleeWorks (2010) was established in 1995 and has been thankfully serving the Trade Show and Fine Arts Industries, providing quality prints that are configured, hand-crafted, and guaranteed to be admired and appreciated for generations to come!
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