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6 Simple Checks to Ensure Screen Print Perfection

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, Apr, 11, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

 

Screen printed t-shirts are awesome. Most times they look pretty cool, but the medium isn’t all encompassing. Follow this simple checklist of the 7 musts to make sure your art will print perfectly for screen print:

1. Check the level of detail.

Most fonts are printable at 12 points or more. Line width should never be thinner than .3 points.

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Topics: screen printing, screen printing art, screen printing design

Embroidery's Relationship to Fabric Arts

Posted by Jake Saunders on Fri, Apr, 17, 2015 @ 15:04 PM

Here where I work at Sharprint, we decorate apparel in three main ways, screen printdigital print and embroidery. Out of the three, embroidery has been a fully formed practice the longest by far. Embroidery using silk thread has been known to have been practiced as far back as the 5th century BC in China. However, it has failed to have as significant a cultural impact as screen print or digital printing despite having a solid couple of millennia to get ahead.  

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Topics: embroidery, fabrics

[Infographic] One Color All Over Print Layering Technique

Posted by Jake Saunders on Fri, Aug, 22, 2014 @ 12:08 PM

One thing that plagues us as printers of apparel is those pesky seams. When the squeegee passes over a seam, it disrupts the constant and even pressure it applies. The resulting print will be uneven in the area immediately surrounding that seam.

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Topics: custom t-shirts, all-over print, all-over printed t-shirts

5 Art Elements to Avoid when DTG Printing

Posted by Jake Saunders on Tue, Jul, 08, 2014 @ 14:07 PM

Direct to garment printing is great for a lot of reasons, but the big one is the fact that set up is really fast and minimal. There’s no need for separations, burning screens, mixing ink or setting up a press.  While it's not as simple as hitting control+P it is much closer to instant gratification. 

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Sparking Creativity And Inspiration In Scholars And Mentors

Posted by Jake Saunders on Tue, Dec, 04, 2012 @ 07:12 AM

This Fall Sharprint was proud to participate in Chicago’s Spark program. Spark is a national non-profit organization who’s mission is “...to provide life-changing apprenticeships to youth in underserved communities across the United States.” Spark seeks to accomplish their goals through facilitating mentorships between middle school youth and professionals working in a field of their interests.

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Topics: Spark Program, Legacy Charter School

The Difference Between Art Tee and Arty

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Sep, 19, 2012 @ 13:09 PM

Let’s say you’ve got a tee shirt with a design on it that you love. Just for the sake of argument, let’s also say that the design is in some way culturally relevant - such as the I heart NY t-shirt. Not uncommon. While we’re at it, let’s say you’re wearing this tee while enjoying a Saturday afternoon at the art museum and you’re looking at a famous screen print by Roy Lichtenstein that you happen love equally as much as the picture on your tee. Now, I ask you, which one is better or more important/relevant and why?

One justification for the high level of esteem (and prices) for fine art is the artist’s hand. There’s a romantic notion of the artist in his/her studio with a canvas and some paint, toiling in solitude, night after night and leaving a piece of soul in embedded in the paint. From a layman's perspective, this is one of the main things that differentiates fine from commercial art. However, since Andy Warhol's Factory, this notion has been challenged.

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Topics: screen printing, artwork, art for screen print

Democracy of the Print and Tee Shirt

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, Sep, 17, 2012 @ 14:09 PM

As a college student, studying printmaking and fine art, my professors would always reference something called the “democracy of the print”. They were referring to the fact that woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and screen prints had the advantage over paintings and sculptures in the respects that they are relatively inexpensive and exist in multiple. Even to this day, a person of an average income can afford a print by Picasso, but not a painting. That print would not only enrich that person’s life, but that of many others due to the fact that it exists in hundreds of other places.

I argue that the tee shirt brings the notion of the “democracy of the print” to its peak. The tee shirt is so inexpensive that nearly anyone can own an entire collection or make one with their own design. And, due to the versatility of the screen print (and now direct to garment printing) nearly any image can be imprinted upon one. The tee shirt is the ultimate (and somewhat untapped) in artistic potential energy, able to proliferate messages through multiplicity, low cost, mobility and public visibility all while retaining a status as a covetable object.

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Topics: screen printing, artwork, tee shirts

Clothing Color Trends for Fall 2012

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Aug, 15, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Communication is not synonymous with language.  I learned this weekend at the Field Museum that ants communicate through pheromones. They can tell each other a myriad of things by releasing scents. Ants can attract each other, warn each other of danger or even inform each other where food is and how much is there. Likewise, we humans communicate in many ways that are not verbal or text, like color.

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Topics: fall clothing trends, clothing trends, color trends

Do They Really Expect People to Wear That?

Posted by Jake Saunders on Tue, Jun, 19, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

Ever seen one of those photos from a runway fashion show and think, “Who would wear something like that?”  You know what I mean.  Bizarre unwearable clothing that’s probably glued on in places worn by equally bizarre zombielike people that look as if they’ve been stretch out in a fun house mirror.  Something like these 2009 Alexander McQueen designs:

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Topics: fashion clothing

Screen Print: New Kid in Town

Posted by Jake Saunders on Thu, Jan, 12, 2012 @ 12:01 PM

Without screen printing, we couldn’t do what we do here at Sharprint. There are lots of ways to produce an image on a shirt. There are digital options, there is a long history of using relief printing, I’ve even seen etchings printed on a shirt and of course I guess we could sit around painting on them, but nothing is more versatile, efficient or effective as the screen print.

I studied printmaking in college and would often see very old prints on paper made from etching, before that there was engraving, earlier than that there were woodcuts and way way back, there were rubbings. Screen printing is often seen as one of the (relatively) new print medias in printmaking circles. Screen printing in art and popular culture really didn’t take off until the 1960’s, but what is surprising is that it’s origins actually began much further back than any other print media.

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Topics: Jake Saunders, sharprint, art, screen print, etching, print making, printing, woodblock

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