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New website on the way!
And upload your files directly to us!

The extremely talented Matt McDowell of ScreenThumb Design is working on building us a spectacular new website, set to debut sometime this fall. In the meantime, we have a new web uploader right here for you to upload your orders directly to us! Please send us as email at info@fbistudios.com including specifications for your order. Call if you have questions about your options. Please include your shipping information with your email. On our new site, we'll have a comprehensive order form for choosing all of your options right here on the site - until then, feel free to give us a call to discuss how we can best serve you!

We just got the classroom opened up!

FBIStudios now has expanded to include a new classroom / photo-studio! We'll be offering classes in photography, photographic lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, social networking, printing, and alternative printing techniques including transfers and alternative media.

More classes are on the way...stay tuned!

It's a photo studio too!

The classroom is in a space at the Bayview Cash Store just down the hall and around the corner from our main printing studio. It doubles as a photo studio for local photographers that may need to rent studio space - complete with backdrops and professional hot lights, strobes, and all the requisite lighting modifiers like soft boxes and such. We'll be teaching photographic lighting techniques as well as small-group workshops on anything you can dream up. Studio rental rates will be published soon along with additional equipment rental opportunities.

Japanese PrintsCheck out GratitudeGallery.com,our new online art gallery!

Gratitude Gallery is the permanent online extension of our annual Gratitude Giclee Show. We are gradually moving our current artists from this website to the new one, and we're adding several new artists. Clients of FBIStudios can become members of the Gratitude Gallery, and there is no commission for the artist, only the initial setup fee. Call 360.221.2707 for more information.

See over 200 images of 19th Century Japanese Art on the Gratitude Gallery. When any of these or the images of The Universe are purchased, FBIStudios will donate 50% of the retail price to the Disaster Relief funds for Japan through June 30th. Many of the Japanese bird pictures are also available in The Studio as greeting cards.

 

OLD (BUT GOOD!) NEWS:

ANOTHER FEATURE ARTICLE!

LEXJET EXPAND NEWSLETTER

FBIStudios has been published three times now by the great folks over at Lexjet. We are grateful for the wonderful article about Fine Balance Imaging Studios, here in Lexjet's Expand newsletter, "Helping Artists, Businesses, and Consumers Do More with Images". Let us know what you think!

Here's the article about Desk-Front Displays for Photo, Art, and Promotional Prints.

The orginal article Fine Balance Imaging Finds Ways to Help Artists Succeed.

Another article featuring one of Joe's photographs of Levi Burkle: Photographers Get Creative with Photo Mural Fabric.

A GREEN PRINT STUDIO

Running a fine art print studio is a truly wonderful experience. We do, however, have concerns about the wastefullness of so much paper - especially on Whidbey Island, where sustainability is not just a trend, it's a way of life.

TREE-FREE PAPERS

We're proud to say that we have expanded our offerings of tree-free fine art papers!

FBIStudios now stocks the following archival fine art papers for giclee printing:

Hahnemühle Bamboo - 90% Bamboo fiber, 10% Cotton Rag

Hahnemühle Sugar Cane - 75% Sugar Cane fiber, 25% Recycled Cotton

Moab Moenkopi Unryu Kozo - 100% Mulberry fiber

We have also partnered with a local interiors studio to acquire hand-made rice paper, lohkta and other bark papers from Nepal and Tibet. These are available in 20x30 sheets, and only by special request.

THE NOT-QUITE-PAPERLESS OFFICE

One area of concern that took a little more research was in the most mundane, but highest volume paper usage: office paper...for invoices, orders, receipts, and all of the day-to-day office "stuff".

The "big-box" office suppliers offer nothing better than 30% post-consumer recycled laser/copy paper, and even that is at a premium cost (which never has made sense...no more than organic foods costing more, eh?).

But we found it...100% post-consumer unbleached office paper! You can order it yourself at Echo Paper. It's even available in tabloid (11x17) and legal sizes! And at 25% less than "regular" unrecycled office paper.

FBIStudios will continue to find the most earth-friendly materials we can. If you have any great green ideas, give us a call!