In 1492, master papermakers were already making paper by hand in the Arches paper mill location in the Vosges region of France. The Arches paper mill is now the only millin France to manufacture all its fine art and printing papers using cylinder moulds. Great artists like Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and many more, have produced some of their major works on ARCHES® paper. They are our best ambassadors. Their choice bears witness to the outstanding quality and permanence of ARCHES® papers.
Canson is a world-wide leader in Fine Art paper manufacturing. Since 1557, Canson has created high quality papers for a range of creatives including artists and design professionals to students and photographers. Whatever the experience level or age, Canson’s wide range of products will satisfy their needs.
Rooted in 18th century London, the Rowney Company was established in 1783 when Richard and Thomas Rowney began selling perfumes and wig powder, before focusing their business on the development of artists’ colors. The company built its reputation by providing art materials of the finest quality, and is proud to continue to do so today across all channels and product categories pertaining to fine art, with offerings tailored to artists of all levels.
The origins of the Lyra brand date back to 1806 when Johann Froescheis began producing pencils in a factory in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1868, the symbol of LYRA was registered as a brand. It is thought the lyre, a musical instrument of the period, was chosen to represent the quality of the pencils because of its synonymity with the perfection and purity it allowed musical artists to achieve. Lyra has been a leader in innovation and excellence for over 200 years and consists of a range of extremely high quality pencils and crayons.
Created in 1923 in Italy and designed by Gianni Maimeri, artist and founder of the brand, Maimeri is based on a concept of absolute perfection. The Maimeri mark depicts a tetrahedron, a perfect prism in terms of its proportions, and unique because it always appears identical and points one corner upwards regardless of the viewpoint from which it is observed. The perfection incorporated in the symbol extends to the Maimeri products, today representative of Italian excellence in the production of material for painting and drawing all over the world, and an example of the great passion and constant synergy between art, industry and Innovation.
Princeton is the largest supplier of artist brushes in North America. In recent years, the company has also expanded its global presence. Founded less than 30 years ago, it is the youngest among its competitors. Innovation has been the key to success. Princeton’s synthetic hair brushes are the industry standard. They are better performing, more affordable, and animal-friendly alternatives to natural hair brushes. Market opportunities, domestic and global, will be enhanced as we continue networking with influential artists and educators.
St Cuthberts Mill based in Somerset, England has specialized in the paper manufacturing of high quality artists papers since the 1700’s. Our experienced papermakers carefully make professional mould made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world. Our papers performance is of the greatest significance whether it is for watercolor, printmaking or inkjet use. An innovative and dedicated approach is key to our archival papers reaching you in impeccable condition.
The history of Strathmore Paper Company began on St. Patrick’s Day in 1892 when its founder, Horace Moses, opened the Mittineague paper mill in West Springfield, MA. Strathmore has been a leading supplier of fine art papers for over 125 years and was founded with the belief that better paper makes better art. Strathmore provides artists of all levels with one of the widest ranges of quality surfaces for producing beautiful works of art, no matter the choice of medium. Listening to the needs of artists and providing inspiration, education, and innovative new products is at the core of what matters to Strathmore.