Louis Dufay, a Frenchman and a printer by trade, was sitting in his garden on a sunny day, watching butterflies. he noticed that their wings produced ann iridescence, or play of light of varying colors, depending on the angle from which they observed. Intrigued, Dufay began to experiment with special foil materials, attempting to duplicate the color reflections he saw in butterfly wings.
This foil print was created using the process originally developed by Louis Dufay. Hand-engraved designs are embossed onto metal foil sheets and printed in full-processed color using transparent inks. Transparent inks are used because they allow the reflective quality of the foil to be retained, creating depth and movement through the diffraction of light on the image surface. A team of engraving specialists enhance details of each image by hand. The result is a light-catching, faceted surface that appears alive with color.