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George Kilian

George Kilian

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January 25, 2017 12:30:00 PM CST

How Soft-Hand Printing On Dark Garments Works

Soft hand on dark garments

Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.

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July 27, 2016 11:08:42 AM CDT

How Can All Over Printing Benefit You?


More than just a method for adding patterns, all over printing can use texture, dynamic placement and photographic images to transform a basic tee into an exciting backdrop to dramatically frame your message.

All over print shirts are an affordable way to make a huge impact, at around $1.75 for one side one color for over 300 tees or tanks in materials like 100% cotton, triblends and 50/50 blends.

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April 28, 2016 1:58:21 PM CDT

5 Things You Need To Know About Screen Printing On Tri-Blend Shirts


Tri-blend t-shirts are one of the most popular options for apparel printing. Tri-blend t-shirts are made up of three materials—cotton, polyester, and rayon, and look great when decorated. The fabric is super-soft and comfortable, making tri-blends a popular choice. But although they’re a great option for wearing, there are some challenges screen printing on them. Here are some things to consider when screen printing on tri-blend shirts.

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March 9, 2016 6:30:00 AM CST

6 Things To Tell Your Clients About Embroidering Custom Apparel


Logo embroidery adds a one-of-a-kind custom touch to any garment. Hobby clubs, organizations, small businesses, and corporations can all benefit from this type of apparel. It will help members of a company stand out at a trade show, identify various teams at a tournament, or give all the members a sense of belonging and solidarity, no matter what kind of group they belong to. When arranging for logo embroidery, there are several important points to consider.

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February 18, 2016 11:00:24 AM CST

Printing Techniques That Make Your Screen Printed Tees Pop


When you start to discuss printed tee shirts with your customers, be creative and think outside the box to guide their designs. Give them a few that will stand out, rather than just sticking to the regular printing basics. Here are a few trends we have seen that you may want add to your toolbox:

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August 19, 2015 2:56:09 PM CDT

The Benefits Of Shipping Via PSST


SanMar is a supplier of apparel and accessories to screen printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, athletic dealers, industrial launderers and more. Founder and CEO, Marty Lott, sums up the SanMar mission simply, “It’s our goal to help you build your business, and for you, and us, to grow together.” PSST is a ground-breaking initiative to do just that and Sharprint is a proud collaborator on the program and one of the select few in Chicago.

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September 16, 2014 11:13:00 AM CDT

Understanding The Art Of Custom Embroidery

custom embroideryEmbroidery’s craft origin gives it an air of refinement, elegance, and respectability. For this reason, designers utilize embroidery for custom embellishment in many applications from functional uniforms to high fashion. Technology advances in the embroidery industry have made high quality custom garments an affordable option for even the more casual affairs like golf tournaments and trendy retail items. These days, we add versatility to list of words that describe embroidery.

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September 12, 2014 1:44:00 PM CDT

What You Need To Know About Digital Printing On Fabrics

digital printing apparel

Digital printing on fabric is very similar to the way an inkjet photo printer prints on paper. There are cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) ink jets that spray the design onto a substrate. These inks are translucent and the amount of each color that is sprayed on the material determines the end color produced.

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September 21, 2011 9:21:00 AM CDT

Uniting Chicago's Artist and Activist

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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