This Saturday! We're all super excited for Brent's art show. If you're not familiar with his work, this is not to be missed. If you are familiar with his work, you already know that.About the show:
Did you know employee uniforms are the single-most impactful element in a customer’s perception of your restaurant? Okay... that’s a huge exaggeration, but employee uniforms actually do play an important part in a customer’s experience.
Advances in fabric technology makes it even easier to meet employer’s and employee’s uniform needs - particularly in the restaurant industry. This new technology allows uniforms to be less constricting, more stain resistant and easier to clean and breathe.
High performance fabrics commonly associated with athletic apparel can wick away sweat and moisture. This is especially beneficial for wait staff serving outdoor tables in summer months or in typically warmer climates. These textiles are known as hydrophilic fabrics. One brand you may be familiar with is Nike’s Dri-FIT.
Hydrophilic fabrics now available for restaurant uniforms are 100% polyester, however, the new knits are very different from the stereotypical 100% polyester garment associated with 1970’s fashion. These textiles use spun yarns for a truly cotton-like feel. Hydrophilic fabric is also soft and breatheable - perfect for active workers. The superior soil release qualities of these fabrics enable them to keep a new look wash after wash. Extremely durable, hydrophilic uniform pieces need to be replaced less frequently. This is an economical plus for employers. Hydrophilic fabrics are similar to 65/35 poly-cotton blends, although way more breathe-able.
A caution when designing a uniform line on polyester or polyester blends is the potential for dye migration. Whenever possible, print dark ink on lighter garment substrates.
Another fabric that can be more comfortable for active workers may be stretch based for flexibility. Many restaurant owners looking for new options are checking out pre-washed stretch denim.
Lycra® has traditionally been incorporated into fabric blends to add stretch. It’s not a perfect option because it’s rather hot to wear - especially if the employees job requires a lot of activity. A unique wicking Lycra® is available to increase comfort.
Flame resistant uniforms enhance safety, but are notoriously warm to wear for extended periods of time. Fabric improvements have made today’s flame resistant apparel more breathable and comfortable than that of the past, however, still not completely ideal for active employees. Nomex® is an example of one of the more advanced and comfortable flame resistant uniform fabric. A flame resistant finish can be added to a fabric that will also increase color retention.
Fabrics for active employee industries such as restaurants have made great advances and will continue to become more functional and comfortable for employees. Stay tuned for updates!
At the recent Long Beach ISS show there was a noticeable emphasis on dye sublimation printing. It is quickly becoming the favorite way to achieve all-over prints on t-shirts - even if you only want a few. Sublimation printing on t-shirts has a unique look that is different from screen print and tends to produce a lighter feeling result on the tee.
Advantages of dye-sublimation over other methods of textile printing:
- Images are permanent and do not peel or fade.
- Dye does not build up on the fabric.
- Colors can be are extraordinarily brilliant due to the bonding of the dye to the transparent fibers of the synthetic fabric.
- Truly continuous tones can be achieved that are equivalent to photographs, without the use special techniques such as half-tone screen printing.
- The image can be printed all over the entire item, with no difficulty in printing all the way to the edges.
We here at Sharprint would like to introduce you to our newest member of the team, Zach Corn. As our newest Customer Ambassador, Zach will be here to help you with all of your decorated apparel needs. So, let’s get to know Zach a little better...
The Zen diagram of Thrash Music/Youth/and My Career
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.
Jenny Holzer is one of the icons of Post-Modern art. Since the 1970s, Holzer has been working in an unconventional medium, text. If one wasn’t familiar with Post-Modern art, he/she could easily see one of her works and not recognize it as art. Her works take form on virtually every substrate imaginable, everything from marques to condoms and from projections on the facades of high rise buildings to simple printed books. One of her mediums she’s been known to employ over the years to proliferate her subversive messages is the tee shirt.
Holzer is most known for one liner-like statements that are meant to elicit debate internal or otherwise. These texts are generally presented in very simple sans serif font in simple colors (usually white on black or vice versa). They are almost always level, no dressing, and at their most indulgent, scroll across an LED screen or the like. Her tees are in this vein.
I (heart) NY. Everyone knows what I’m referring to and its not just a rip off of pop art genius (and fellow Hoosier), Robert Indiana. Its not necessarily the best tee, but its definitely the most recognizable. Its the Mona Lisa of tee shirts. Its the official garment of NYC (even though no one there wears them). But, what is so special about it is that it effectively communicates universally and in an iconic American visual language that transcends its stuffy high art influences.
The tee is the go to New York memento. It serves as a conversation starter, a souvenir and often, bragging rights for those who bring one back from to their small towns in the Mid-West. What differentiates the tee shirt from another souvenir is the direction of the projection of its sentiment and the generalization of those elicited thoughts. A souvenir, which is tied to an idiosyncratic thought, is thus rendered ineffective in communicating to someone not sharing that experience. The tee, in general, is contradictory to the general nature of a souvenir as it is used to tell everyone else something.
Tara’s recent blog article, “What’s the Big Deal About Printed Tee’s?”, got me thinking about why I dress the way I do. So I looked down to see what I was wearing. A blank black hooded sweatshirt, which was covering a navy blue t-shirt with the University “M” smack dab in the middle - a University whose sport programs I am a fan of.
This made me recall a brief moment from my previous weekend. A few friends and I got together to watch the UofM football game and one of my buddies came dressed in a plain long sleeve tee.
Have you ever put on a decorated t-shirt and immediately felt like you were wrapped in cardboard? Though that may be a bit of an exaggeration, I have experienced and worn t-shirts that were incredibly uncomfortable due to the design printed on the front of the tee.