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Welcome Sharprint's Newest Artist: Jake Saunders

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Aug, 31, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

In order to be a great screen printing company, great artist are essential. Not all art files work in screen printing, making it extremely important to have skilled, professional artist dealing with all art files and creating proofs for clients.

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest production artist, Jake Saunders, to the Sharprint team.

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Topics: Jake Saunders, production artist, screen print art

Vote For Your Favorite Design

Posted by Jake Molzahn on Thu, Aug, 25, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

Sharprint Employee Contest

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A Sticky Trick for All-Over Printing

Posted by Jake Saunders on Wed, Aug, 24, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

In order to print over an entire t-shirt, the inside of the garment must be starched. This is the main difference between the basic screen print process and the process of all-over printing.

Starching is the action of spraying a starch-like mist to the inside of a t-shirt.

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Topics: starching, starching tshirts, all-over printing

Beacon the Bear: Providing Children the Comfort They Need

Posted by Jake Molzahn on Wed, Aug, 10, 2011 @ 08:08 AM

3 years ago, a baby, just minutes after being born, was wrapped in plastic shopping bags and thrown out of a three-story window. The baby boy, who was named “Beacon Wilson”, after the corner of where he landed shortly after birth, miraculously survived the fall.

Chicago Police Detective, Jennifer Ryle, was assigned the case to figure out who was responsible for doing this to the newborn. For weeks Ryle would visit the hospital where Beacon was under care - rocking and singing to him.

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Topics: Bears in Blue Foundation, kids traumas, Beacon Wilson

Why Wear Bamboo Clothing?

Posted by Maureen Alfonso on Wed, Jul, 27, 2011 @ 07:07 AM

Soft. Breathable. Moisture-Wicking. Organic Fabric. These words all describe the little things that make wearing Spun Bamboo clothing great. But the BIG THING that makes Spun Bamboo so great is its benefits that can affect the entire global community.

Spun Bamboo plantations are harvested on a rotational basis. This means that while other crops, such as cotton, are entirely butchered at the time of harvest, causing bare soils to release more carbon into our atmosphere, Spun Bamboo plantations are harvested in portions at a time. Some part of the plantation will always be still standing, which is good for the environment.

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Topics: bamboo clothing, spun bamboo, organic t-shirt

A Screen Printing Experience for Kids

Posted by Jake Saunders on Fri, Jul, 08, 2011 @ 07:07 AM

If you haven’t heard about the Rumble Arts Center in Humbolt Park, it’s about time you did.

The center isn’t just about providing affordable art experience for kids - it’s about bringing families together, strengthening the community and sharing in fun - and they do it right.

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Topics: screen printing, Rumble Art Center, screen print workshop

The Mesh Matters

Posted by Kathy Hansen on Thu, Jun, 30, 2011 @ 07:06 AM

When printing from your computer to an ordinary printer, multiple heads spray the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black in one pass of paper to create a multi-color image. When screen printing an image, each color has its own screen and the t-shirt or other garment makes a stop at each station on the press.

The actual “screen” is a frame stretched with mesh. Just as it sounds, “mesh” is a cris-cross pattern of thread. “Mesh count” refers to the number of threads per square inch - this is a similar concept to the dpi or lpi you refer to with an ink jet printer. Different meshes and mesh counts accomplish different things on press.

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Topics: screen printing, s-thread mesh, mesh count

Helping the "Kids In Need"

Posted by Jake Molzahn on Thu, Jun, 23, 2011 @ 07:06 AM

Around the country, there are thousands of schools that lack the financial capabilities needed to purchase school supplies for their students and teachers.

In 1995, one foundation set out to change that. The Kids In Need Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to “ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need”.

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Topics: screen printing, blank garments, Kids In Need Foundation

How T-Shirts Supplied Water, Strength, & Life

Posted by Tara Zanzig on Mon, May, 16, 2011 @ 10:05 AM

A year ago, the students of Brooks Middle School started a group called Students Offering Strength. SOS was formed after the students heard the story of a village far less fortunate than most. The village, Ariang, located in southern Sudan, is the former home of Samuel Garang Mayuol.

What helped make this story touch the hearts of the young boys and girls of Brooks Middle School was that they heard the story from Samuel Garang Mayuol himself.

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Topics: t-shirt fundraiser, Samuel Garang Mayuol, Brooks Middle School

A Blank Garment, Your Artboard

Posted by Jake Saunders on Mon, May, 09, 2011 @ 10:05 AM

A painting begins with an empty canvas, a novel starts with a blank page, and a song kicks off without a single lyric. Then an inspiration, an idea, or a spark of creativity turns those blank spaces into works of art.

The same goes for decorative apparel. Before a design is screen printed or embroidered on a t-shirt, it is simply a blank piece of fabric. With that blank piece of fabric, the customer can do as they please. Some people like the clean blank t-shirt look, some prefer an all-over print design, and many others go with something in-between.

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Topics: blank apparel, screen printing, all-over printing

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