Sharprint, in association with North Branch Arts Chicago, is gearing up for a winter break youth t-shirt printing workshop! The kids will not only learn how t-shirts are printed, but actually design and print their own designs from concept to production. We will split up into creative teams to collaborate on one design and each child will design and digitally print his or her very own one-of-a-kind tee.
T-shirts may be considered an old-school type of garment, but they can offer many benefits when it comes to promoting your business. Whether you’ve realized it or not, clothing makes a statement, and a t-shirt worn in a crowded environment such as a restaurant, university campus, sports stadium or community event can add personality to your brand; and even generate valuable business. Effective t-shirt marketing, however, requires use of effective business t-shirt printing techniques.
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.
“Elevation III: The Gathering” is an all star, interdisciplinary art experience featuring the fashion design of Sharprint’s own
Agnieszka Kulon. This not-to-be-missed event showcases the improvised conduction of Jazz legend
Kahil El Zabar with his experimental band that features Corey Wilkes, Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, Junius Paul, Robert Baabe Irving III, and special guest, legendary vocalist Dwight Trible.
The “Gathering” also presents a one night only large installation created by the award winning sculptor and designer
Lucy Slivinski plus a choreographed fashion salon created by Katrin Schnabl and Agnieska Kulon. There will be live painting with Zore and
Andre Guichard, video installation by Stoptime341 directed by Chris Andrew, music by DJs Ron Trent and Brian Reaves.
SenseCulture.com (the ultimate destination for online curated experiences), the Zhou B Art Center (the internationally-acclaimed creative art space), and Colab (the premier interdisciplinary arts collective) are all proud to be the host of Elevation/Chicago 2012. Elevation is artistic history created in the moment as a one time only event.
Check out the video from last year’s event for a glimpse of the experience to be had:
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.
The rhythm of the embroidery department is unmatched. Whether the Sharprint embroidery ladies are customizing caps, fleece, polos or other garments, the machines whir stitch after stitch after stitch like the wings of a bumblebee.
Almost everybody, everyday has something to carry. Whether it’s a phone, a set of keys, or a lucky rabbit’s foot, there is rarely a situation when somebody leaves their home empty handed. In the past, when phones could only be taken as far as the cord would stretch and a computer would hardly fit in the passenger seat of a car, things may have been different. However, today’s world is full of convenient gadgets that people can’t leave the house without.
Since humans don’t have the luxury of 8 arms like that of an octopus, we are forced to find a way to haul around all of our goodies. The best way to do that is by using a fashionable embroidered bag.
A company's logo can tell a lot about an organization. It provides a recognizable image that will instantly make a person think of the organization itself. Therefore, logo design has to be eye-catching, memorable, original, and engaging in order to capture the attention of the consumer. Here are a few tips to consider when designing your next logo.
1. USE A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER
Utilizing the skills of a professional designer is arguably the first step in ensuring a highly memorable original design. Professional designers can use their experience and expertise to prevent simple mistakes often made by non-professionals. When working with your designer, make sure to write down and share your expectations in advance so there is no confusion during the review of the final image. It’s also recommended you interview a few designers and research past work before deciding on a final partner.
An easy way to add instant value and eye-popping appeal to a t-shirt is to print an all-over design. You’ve seen this technique employed numerous times in the marketplace. Rock bands, zoos, sports teams and big box retailers all use hip designers to create background textures to create visual interest for the shirt. A simple one or two color all-over print can spice up the shirt so dramatically, that the main elemental logo or design doesn’t need to be too elaborate to sell.
All-over printing only a few years ago was only accomplished by using expensive “belt-printers”. This was specialized equipment used for printing huge designs on t-shirts, but the machinery was so expensive only a few printers in the country used them. Today, refinements in printing technology make this technique possible on normal t-shirt printing presses by exchanging some press components and incorporating correctly built artwork. However, there still is a craftsmanship element needed to utilize this technique correctly, so be sure to discuss your needs with your decoration representative.