Handmade, original prints out of DC/Maryland/Virginia


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    Hello! My name is Aalok Trivedi, and I'm a contemporary artist and printmaker based out of Frederick, MD (and DMV). All of my artworks are original prints on high-quality paper. Thank you for visiting my shop and perusing my art!

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Last updated on Aug 29, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Why does my print have torn edges?

In the printmaking world, we call this a 'deckled edge.' Printmakers traditionally hand-tear their paper down to size, which creates this torn texture to emphasize the handmade nature of the process. Since printmaking often involves creating several 'copies' of the same artwork, the deckeled edge serves as a reminder that each copy of a print is an original, handmade creation.

This is also an aesthetic choice from the artist. It is NOT an indicator that a print with a deckeled edge is more valuable or better than one without.

Gift wrapping and packaging

- Artwork 11in x 14in and smaller will be wrapped in protective plastic against a stiff backing board and shipped in a 15 x 10 or 15 x 12 padded envelope, along with a foamcore board for extra protection.

- Artwork larger than 11in x 14in will be wrapped in protective plastic and carefully rolled and shipped in a tube.

- Unless specified otherwise, all artwork will be shipped via USPS first class mail. If you need other accommodations or requests, please message me. I'm more than willing to something out.

Am I getting an original piece?

Yes! All my prints are 100% original pieces. Printmaking 'prints' differ from prints from an original painting, drawing, or traditional media. For a painting or drawing print, the original piece is scanned digitally, re-sized to specifications, and printed digitally on high-quality paper with archival ink. The printmaking process (screenprinting, relief, intaglio, etc...) allows for repeatable prints, so each 'copy' is an original piece!

What does the number at the bottom at the print mean?

On most of my pieces, you might see something like 1/15, 4/10, 3/20, etc... This inidicates the print number out of the total edition. For example: 1/15 means this is print #1 out fifteen total prints.

An 'edition' is simply a single 'run' of identical impressions or prints made for a piece. So if a piece is an 'edition of 15,' there are only 15 prints available for that piece.

Limited edition vs. open edition:
A piece labeled as 'limited edition' means the piece is printed once and limited to a specified number of prints. The piece will never be re-printed, and therefore, considered more valuable. An 'open edition' print means the artist has the option of printing multiple runs of the piece in the future.

Any framing advice?

Yes! Of course, you can frame it however you desire, but here are some tips I always use when framing artwork:

- Matted vs unmatted? I always frame my artwork with a mat. This creates beautiful whitespace, which allows the artwork to 'breathe' and really take focus. The frame should showcase the art, not be a part of it.

- Size up! If the artwork is 8x10, choose a frame that's 11x14 and matted to 8x10.
5x7 --> 8x10 frame. 11x14 --> 16x20 frame, etc...

- Custom-cut mat! Sometimes, artwork can be an odd size that isn't conducive to standard frames, and custom frames can be very expensive. However, you can always get a mat cut to fit both the artwork and a standard frame. You can get a custom mat from your framer at a low cost.