Cocoon is an online gallery of works on paper. Our goal is to showcase high quality original works by fine artists at a more affordable price. That's the beauty of works on paper.

We started Cocoon because we wanted provide a low stakes place to acquire original art, whether you are just beginning or you are looking to add depth and variety to an already established collection. Many original art pieces are very large or very expensive, which can be an impediment to many collectors. The common way around these issues is to make and sell reproductions of the large, expensive pieces found in most galleries, but we wanted to find another way.

We work with artists to create small, original works of art on paper using the same techniques they use for their larger pieces. These beautiful original works, monotypes, and multiples are worthy of any collection. Thank you for visiting our site.


Helpful Definitions

Original: The piece the artist made. It can be a painting or a drawing or a ceramic piece etc. It is not a print, not even a monotype. Many sculptures are not originals, but are in fact cast from the original. In print making, i.e. a wood block print, etching, etc., (see print and multiple) the block or plate is the original, the piece that the artist made, in reverse, to print the image from. In the Monotype process (see monotype) the original does not remain after the printing process is finished.

Print: An image that has been made by transferring an image onto paper or canvas, either by the artist or by someone else. There are usually more than one, though not always (see monotype). Some sort of machine or device was used to create the image. There are several kinds of prints including monotypes, multiples, and reproductions. 

Monotype: An image that has been created by a process of transferring that only works once. While it is technically not the original, it is a print that is unique like an original.

Multiple: A print that has been made directly (physically) from the original. In this case the original is usually made specifically to print multiples and not to be sold itself. One example is a woodcut, in which an image is carved in reverse into a block of wood, ink is rolled onto the block, and the image is transferred from the block. Usually there are more than one multiple (hence the name), but often only a limited number. The more multiples made with the block the more worn out it becomes and the image becomes less detailed. 

Reproduction: A print that was made from a photograph or a digital image of the original. Reproductions do not have a physical connection to the original, and while they are sometimes printed in limited editions, there is no limit to the number that can be made. 

Limited Edition: A specific number of prints made of an image. For example, if a woodcut is part of an edition of 38, that means that only 38 multiples were made to be sold. If an edition is limited to a certain number, that means the artist will not make more than that number of multiples or prints.