Upcycling fabrics growing in popularity in design industry

January 1st

By Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps fairy tales really do come true. Take Grimm’s fairy tale in which the poor miller’s daughter bargains with Rumpelstiltskin to spin straw into gold. Far-fetched? Certainly. How about spinning plastic soda containers into environmentally friendly fabrics? It’s called “upcycling” and it is a trend worth noting. Upcycling, the process of taking...

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Graphics help create “Wish upon a star” gala theme

January 1st

By Jill C. Lafferty The company. Flying Colors, Berkeley, Calif. The task. Flying Colors was hired by the Oakland Museum of California to connect the decor of their annual “Golden Gala” to an exhibit entitled “Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland,” which opened simultaneously. The gala was to carry an overall sub-theme of “Wish...

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Selecting the right ink and fabric combination for digital printing

January 1st

Making the chemistry work: Choose the right ink for your particular application. By Samit Chevli Digital textile printing is fast gaining ground and seeing market acceptance in printing on a variety of fabrics. Diverse markets such as apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, flag and banner, swimwear, and point of purchase displays are all showing rapid...

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Understanding RIP

January 1st

Q&A with Roberto Santos You’ve purchased a printer that looked so good on the show floor. The price was right, and for good measure, the salesperson threw in some ink cartridges and a free RIP package. But is this particular RIP right for your shop? For your employees and workflow? For the substrates you use?...

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The right time for a bold move into the fabric graphics market

January 1st

Better fabrics, inks, and equipment, as well as exciting new markets, have converged to create an explosion of graphics on fabric. By Jill C. Lafferty Patrick Hayes still remembers a comment from one of his company’s earliest customers, the proprietor of a screen print shop. “I recall the owner saying, ‘The money is in the...

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Good use of typography helps make the right statement

January 1st

Don’t overlook how good typography will capture the viewer’s eye and support your message. By Marti Naughton When printing on fabric, choosing the right image, fabric, and printing options are all important decisions. But don’t overlook how good typography will capture the viewer’s eye and support your message. Whatever your project is, defining the purpose...

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Adaptive Textiles adapts to meet customer needs

January 1st

By Lou Dzierzak Jeanelle Dech was just eight years old when she started selling quilts and doll clothes to neighborhood boutiques. A childhood hobby soon became her professional career. Years later, frustrated by the existing interior design business model, Dech and her husband Larry saw an opportunity in digital printing and fabrics. In late 2004,...

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