Thursday, April 03, 2008
What exactly is a Giclée (pronounced "zhee-clay") you ask. According to Wikipedia, it is "an invented name for the process of making fine art prints from a digital source using ink-jet printing. The word "giclée", from the French language word "le gicleur" meaning "nozzle", or more specifically "gicler" meaning "to squirt, spurt, or spray". It was coined by Jack Duganne, a printmaker working in the field, to represent any inkjet-based digital print used as fine art."
The controversies swirling around the use of the name are discussed in the article What Is a Giclée? Both of these articles are from the blog Art Print Issues by Barney Davey. You can subscribe to his newsletter to keep up with art print issues.