Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Are your prints lightfast?
All prints are archival/giclee quality, with lightfast archival inks professionally printed printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm fine art paper, or 250gsm satin matte photo paper. Excellent print longevity, rated for 200 plus years fade resistance. The reproductions are as close to the original as you can get! Ideal if you are not able to afford an original just yet.
Q: How do you ship your prints?
All prints are professionally printed with archival inks, are sealed in an archival quality sleeve with backing board, and are shipped flat using a rigid recycled cardboard conformer mailer. Each art print will be enclosed in an acid and lignin free and archival safe high quality print sleeve and shipped in a flat package to protect it. Be careful when handling prints, make sure to have clean hands!
Q: Rights to a painting or print when I purchase it?
I retain all rights to all artwork I create. This includes the rights to the image of sold & commissioned original artwork. I retain the right to make reproductions of any and all artwork I create.
The Collector/buyer may not reproduce the artwork in any way. The images of my artwork are copyright protected and the buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
All artwork is the sole property of the artist, Saveria Torquato, and is held under copyright (even after purchase). The images are copyright protected and the buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.
Q: How are products shipped?
Art cards, bookmarks, art print magnets, etc are shipped in a premium rigid cardboard mailer. Art prints are shipped in a premium rigid conformer mailer. The print is sealed in an archival sleeve with backer board. This is to ensure that nothing arrives bent. 5x7 Print Box Canvas will be sent via parcel rate with tracking.
Q: What are needle felted wool paintings?
Needle felting is a hand crafted process where I use hand tools with specially barbed needles and thousands of pokes or stabs to “paint” colored wool into beautiful paintings. I create each wool painting with the needle felting process that I do completely by hand from start to finish. Many hours are spent poking and stabbing the different colours of wool onto the merino wool prefelt "canvas" to create each piece of fibre art. I create my wool paintings using various fibers including: soft merino wool, hand-dyed Bluefaced Leicester locks, merino and Stellina fiber blend, hand-dyed silk lap, wool nepps dyed in various colour palettes, white wool curls, A grade mulberry silk, silk sliver, Angelina fiber to create a shimmering effect.
Q: What’s the difference between a fine art print and a giclee art print?
My giclee art prints are reproduced on fine art quality Hahnemuhle cotton photo rag 350 gsm acid-free paper from Germany. The paper is textured and inks used for printing are archival quality and are guaranteed not to fade. This is one of the best quality papers on the market.
My fine art prints are reproduced on super-smooth and perfectly weighted 250gsm photo paper imported from Germany and made by Felix Schoeller, the global leader in photo imaging and décor papers. This paper comes exclusively from PEFC-certified renewable forests. They are printed using the giclee (inkjet) method for a gorgeous continuous tone look with vibrant colours with original HP Vivera Inks. Excellent print longevity, rated for 200 plus years fade resistance.
Q: What sizes do you offer in your art prints?
My giclee art prints come in 8.5 inch x 11 inch size. My fine art prints come in 8 inch x 10 inch size or 8.5 x 11 inch size. For certain pieces, we offer 8x12 inch and 11x14 inch prints. See individual listings for print sizes.
Q: Why art prints and not originals?
Not everyone can afford original works of art at the beginning of their “art collecting adventure”. One of the many benefits of art prints is that they are one of the easiest mediums to display, when compared to large scale paintings or sculptures — especially in smaller urban spaces. I do also offer handmade pieces of my art on the website.
Q: Is there a difference between a “reproduction” and a “print”?
The words “reproduction” and “print” are interchangeable and refer to a copy of original art.
Q: Are your products eco-friendly?
Yes. The professional printing process used to make the prints is eco friendly and utilizes water based non-toxic archival grade inks printed on FSC certified Felix Schoeller photo paper or Hahnemuhle fine art paper, both from Germany. Packaging and supplies are made from recycled materials.
Q: Do you offer frames and framing services?
At the moment, we don’t sell frames or offer framing. In selling unframed prints, we can ensure faster delivery and lower shipping costs.
Q: How are prints and your other art products packaged?
I personally package and wrap all my art prints, art cards, etc. using white art-handling cotton gloves to ensure there are no fingerprints or marks on the artwork. Prints and cards are enclosed in archival sleeves and art prints also have backing board to make sure prints are not bent in transit. Items are shipped in sturdy protective conformer mailers. If you will not be framing your print right away, it can be stored flat in a drawer in its original packaging.