frequent questions on Monotypes... including shipping info
What exactly is Monotype?
Monotype is a single unique, one-off impression taken off a hand-drawn or painted copper surface by means of a hand-operated printmakers press. All Monotypes (or Monoprints) have an edition size of 1. It is not possible to print more because the ink from the copper plate is all transferred onto the paper. Monotypes often feature simplified landscape art in a contemporary style.
What size are the linos? What paper is used?
Size of coloured area: 14.5cm wide by 9.5cm high ( 5.7'' by 4'')
Size of paper: 19cm wide by 14.5cm high (7.5'' by 5.7'')
Henry's favourite printmaking paper is 'Somerset Printmaking' in Satin White, 300gsm, acid-free, made from 100% cotton to high archival standards.
Worldwide postage and packing expenses are added (approximately €20) in the checkout, before paying. To simplify the matter, a global flat rate is in place and uses economic parcel post.
Prints are posted in a flat rigid envelope of about A4 size (11.5'' by 8'')
The shipping expense represents not only postage costs but packaging materials and postoffice handling and time. For very remote destinations from Malta, the postage is economised further to Surface Air Lift instead of the usual Air Parcel Post so that postage costs remain the same. Delivery times can vary widely - from a few days to the EU and UK, to several days or a few weeks to more distant addresses. All parcels have a tracking number and signed-for delivery. The tracking number is sent to the customer via email. If fast courier delivery is needed (such as FedEx or similar etc), please get in contact with Henry for the additional costs involved, although it must be noted that the existing postage methods are a bit slower by they are very reliable. No lost or damaged shipments have been noted so far - it's only a matter of how urgent you want the print in your hands.
How can I pay?
Payment is automatically prompted upon checkout and is made via either Paypal or all the major credit cards. Alternatively, contact Henry for IBAN payment details. All items shipped only on confirmation of the transaction, or upon reception of funds if IBAN is used.
How often and quickly are items dispatched?
Henry goes to the Postoffice, or courier depot, once a week. Upon reception of payment with its address info, the item is packed the next day and posted on the next available weekly postal run.
Is insurance offered?
No, insurance is not offered as art value is not on their charts for replacement value. Insurances are very happy to insure six sacks of rice for example as their replacement value is established, but art is so much different. Customers can seek to do their own insurance and courier arrangements of their own if they opt to. Get in contact with Henrys if this is the case.
Malta & Gozo based (or visiting) customers are pampered a bit more. No shipping is automatic for Malta as clients are welcomed to the Naxxar studio to pick up their prints. They can also tour the collection of works and have tea or coffee. :)
What about framing?
Customers would then need to take the print to a framer to match a frame as needed.