Artwork Terminology - What does it mean?

Below is a list of terminoloy that is on the site to describe hoe some of the artwork is made in more detail. 

Original Artwork: This is the original image from the artist. Sometimes prints are made from an original piece, bit not always. If the artwork is original it is reflected in the price.

Open Edition Print: This means the print is a copy of an original piece, and is available in an infinate number of copies, and there will not be be an edition number on the bottom left hand corner of the print.

Limited Edition Print: This means the print is a copy of an original piece, and is available only to the limited number indicated on the print. By law the artist cannot make any more copies than stated on the print run. The edition number is on the bottom left hand corner of the print.

Original Limited Edition Print: This means it is likely to be a handmade print, that can be repeated in a very limited number. So each print is handmade rather than produced by a machine such as an open edition, or limited edition print. This applies to processes such as lino cut, screen printing, drypoint print and etchings. The handmade process is also reflected in the price. 

Giclee Print: The word Giclée (“g-clay”), is derived from the French verb gicler meaning “to squirt or spray”, Giclée, is used to describe a fine art digital printing process combining pigment based inks with high quality archival quality paper to achieve an inkjet print of superior archival quality, light fastness and stability.

Lino Cut Print : Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of Lino is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the Lino surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed.

Screen Print :Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh, usually silk is used to transfer ink onto a surface, usually paper or fabric, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. One colour is printed at a time, so several screens can be used to produce a multicoloured image or design.

Drypoint Print : Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. Traditionally the plate was copper, but now acetate, zinc, or plexiglas are also commonly used.

Etching: In traditional pure etching, a metal (usually copper, zinc or steel) plate is covered with a waxy ground which is resistant to acid. The artist then scratches off the ground with a pointed etching needle where he or she wants a line to appear in the finished piece, so exposing the bare metal.

Needle Felting : Needle felting is one of the oldest fibre crafts, it is a process to create an object made with wool fibres. There are two types- one is dry (needle) felting and the other one is wet felting. A needle is used that has barbs on that catches the wool fibres and with repeated movement matts the fibres flat.

Free Motion Embroidery : free motion embroidery, or free machine embroidery is a process of stitching on a sewing machine with your feed dogs down and an embroidery/darning foot on, so stitching can be free across the surface you have chosen to use.

Anodising : Anodising is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. Aluminium is ideally suited to anodising, although other nonferrous metals, such as magnesium and titanium, also can be anodised.

Mosaic: It is often used in decorative art or as interior decoration. Most mosaics are made of small, flat, roughly square, pieces of stone or glass of different colours, known as tesserae.