Q:I'm sorry if this doesn't seem like a question, but truly it is. I just don't get why French Paper is so great. Every single piece of French Paper in my studio has dulled so much and so unevenly over the years that it isn't even close to the same saturation and vibrance as when it first arrived. Will it just fade away into oblivion? I love using it for letterpress and artist's books, and even on the risograph, I just can't stand to have an art opening in the dark.
First of all - I claim no paper expertise.
Also - Any opinions of mine on paper are based solely on the printing experience.
As The Mandate Press is a commercial/production shop, we aren’t hanging onto prints for a long period of time and don’t often witness the fading that you refer to. In your shoes - printing mostly artist’s books and intending for the appearance to remain as true to form for as long as possible - I would certainly be disappointed with those results. I am sorry that I don’t have the knowledge-base to suggest an alternative.
As for my excitement around French Paper, it comes from my background in design. Their brand in general always stuns me and their packaging is like christmas morning. Not to mention, it’s a family run business that’s playing (successfully it seems) with the big boys.