Now We Get to Talk About It…Part Two

November 8, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

Art Wolfe - Mt. Rainier printing on the Epson dye sub printer


Ok, I have to admit, I was a little star-struck. (see Part One here…)

To John, Art was another customer of his. To us, he’d been a source of inspiration for decades.

After getting over myself, it finally sunk in.

Two weeks before the conference, and I had to perfect our dye sublimation printing process for making metal prints. And damn quick. Up until only a few days prior to this big request, we were still on edge a little, having had some troubles with large metal prints – those over 16×20 or so.

Of course, John wanted us to press Art Wolfe‘s images at the largest our press could go, which is 30×40.


Now We Get to Talk About It…Part One

November 8, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

Rhiannon pulling an Art Wolfe metal print from the press

Dreams do come true…

We got an opportunity that we honestly couldn’t believe.

A few months ago, John Harrington from JVH Technical, our favorite local distributor for printers, paper and inks for our business, called us up with a request.

We’d recently purchased quite a load of new tech from John – an Epson dye sublimation printer, and two GeoKnight heat presses, including the monster 32×42″ capacity MaxiPress Air, which weighed so much we couldn’t get it into the elevator to our studio, so we had to put it in Nancy’s shop at home (not to mention the 220V electrical it needed to be hard-wired to, which was a no-no at Bayview Corner where the studio resides).

It was all in effort to bring Metal Prints to the masses…or at least to our region, since there were very few studios around capable of doing so. And we had clients to please! Photographers had been asking for a while if we could do it, and we always had to send the work out of state to get it done. Not good for business!

We took a leap of faith and got the gear.


Metal on My Mind

November 7, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

Leaping Levi on Metal Print

Talk about living on the edge…

Our attention has been hyper-focused on the edges of big metal prints. The small panels were pressing just fine, but the bigger plates had some issues, until only recently…

We got the capability of dye sublimation printing a few months back, and have been having a blast playing with all of the myriad possibilities provided by such amazing technology.

Well, amazing physics, really. (more…)

I need to think smaller…

October 29, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

custom printed ornaments

…because of all the big things going on, I often forget all the fun little things we can do.
It’s tough to remember to talk about the fun things we already have the capability of doing when we’re always planning the next big thing.
So here’s a little something we can do I haven’t really told anyone about. (more…)

Community Funding a Crowdfunded Creative Commodity – The Glowforge

October 27, 2015 Written by Joe Menth

He said he wanted to launch 1,000 Kickstarter campaigns.
I believe we’ll help him get there. In our own way.

A little over a week ago I happened upon a video posted by a fellow artist friend, Karin Bolstad from BlueSchool Arts (she’s an awesome artist and client of Fine Balance Imaging, and I was also a founding member of BSA for a year but quit due to time constraints). This video kind of blew my mind. It was for a new iteration of an old technology: laser cutting. It wasn’t that laser cutters really were anything new…it was that up until this point, they were just downright unintuitive.

Glowforge seemed different. So much so, that as soon as I saw the promo video for a privately run crowdfunding campaign, I was hooked.

Not only was I hooked, but I was somehow convinced that I could miraculously come up with $4,000 to purchase one for our businesses. (more…)