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Why Do I Wear What I Wear?

Posted by Maureen Alfonso on Mon, Nov, 21, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

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.

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Topics: screen printing

Putting Your "Hand" to the Challenge

Posted by Maureen Alfonso on Thu, Nov, 17, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

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.

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What's the Big Deal About Printed Tees?

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Tue, Nov, 15, 2011 @ 11:11 AM

We crank out t-shirts and apparel all day over here at Sharprint. Everything from give-away tees to high end fashion garments. Each item has an intentionally designed, well thought out purpose - whether it’s to commemorate a charity race or launch a new product. Decorated apparel is huge - no denying that - but what’s the big deal?

Clothing has a very basic function - coverage. Climate and availability are some obvious and relatively uncontrollable factors that influence the clothing we wear. Apparel isn’t just about function, though, so why do we wear what we wear?

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Make Your Own T-Shirt!

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Fri, Nov, 04, 2011 @ 10:11 AM

Every one has a great idea for a t-shirt. When some one I’ve recently met finds out I work at a print shop, inevitably the conversation goes like this:

“You know what would make a really great t-shirt? (Insert idea here)”

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Interview with Dan Lachman, founder of Sharp Shirter

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, Oct, 24, 2011 @ 10:10 AM

We had the great fortune of starting to print for Dan Lachman of Sharp Shirter back in 2008. We see a lot of apparel lines that fizzle out or never really hit. Sharp Shirter is a real success story and we've been cheering Dan on as we've watched his line flourish over the years. He's a truly genuine person and super smart dude with great taste and a passion for what he does. It's truly an honor to print for him. I asked him if he wouldn't mind doing an interview for us and maybe share some secrets of his success for those just getting started. Of course, he was happy to oblige :)

1. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?

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Step 1 of the Screen Printing Process: Submitting a PO

Posted by Jake Saunders on Thu, Oct, 20, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

Customization is defined as, “to modify or build according to individual or personal specifications or preference.”

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Eco-Fashion Event of the Year

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Oct, 19, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

On Thursday, October 20th, Conscious Living TV presents the 3rd annual Vert Couture eco-fashion show & benefit, an official headlining event of Fashion Focus Chicago in the tents at Millennium Park. This year's charity beneficiary is Keep Chicago Beautiful.

The event will kick off with a "Sexy & Sustainable" VIP cocktail reception and green lifestyle lounge starting at 6:00pm featuring organic libations from Prairie Organic Vodka, New Belgium beer, Wild Blossom honey wine and delicious vegan appetizers provided by Karyns on Green. VIPs will also be treated to cutting-edge eco-art installations and deluxe eco-gift bags provided by the Green Goddess Boutique filled with lots of sustainable goodies and products.

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Why the Silk Slipped in Screen Printing

Posted by Sharprint Associated Press on Thu, Oct, 13, 2011 @ 09:10 AM

“BackRub it”. That’s what the world would be saying had Google not changed their name in 1998. Before cracking open an ice cold Pepsi Cola, we were all sipping on Brad's Drink. We no longer lace up our Blue Ribbon Sports, but instead, our Nikes. And the days of referring to the process of decorating a garment as Silk Screen Printing are over. It is now simply called Screen Printing.

So why did the word silk get dropped from the term silk screen printing? It’s really an easy answer. It’s because the silk got dropped out of the screen printing process.

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Topics: screen printing

Welcome Sharprint's Newest Account Manager: Garvin Hughes

Posted by Jake Molzahn on Wed, Sep, 28, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

We at Sharprint pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. We understand our customer’s expectations and always push to exceed them. This wouldn’t be possible without a wonderful customer service team!

We are excited to introduce our most recent addition to the Sharprint team, Garvin Hughes.

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Uniting Chicago's Artist and Activist

Posted by George Kilian on Wed, Sep, 21, 2011 @ 09:09 AM

The Global Alliance of Artists is a collective of visual and performance artists committed to solving social and environmental challenges on a local, national, and international level by leveraging artists and creativity inherent in communities.

The GAA participated in a study conducted by the Field Museum in 2008 that suggested artists and social/environmental activism organizations possess tremendous potential for collaborating on environmental projects. (PDF of results here)

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