I've been doing a lot of screenprinting with fashion and textile students lately.
It has my mind buzzing with lots of exciting possibilities,
so thought I'd share a few thoughts with you...
I encourage people to choose a good quality water-based inks
such as Permaset, Supercover inks are opaque on dark colours, fully washable and can be ironed.
A low mesh count such as 43T is good if your design has large block areas or bold lines,
for a finer pattern or line, a 60-77T will give more detail but ink dries in the mesh quicker.
Some textiles are printed individually by hand,
multi-colour images may be printed using a carousel or automated machine.
|6-colour carousel for screenprinting
at Gooses Screen Design (Christchurch)
|Commercial screen printing
Design & Print Textile Ltd (Auckland)
A splash of good design and/or colour can really make something plain into something exciting.
Many designer's or art student's first print on fabric is a t-shirt design.
These can be funny, political, arty and/or fashionable.
|T-shirt design by Glennz (Auckland)
so popular it even appeared on 'Big Bang Theory'
If done well, printing on clothing can transform it into a statement of personal style.
Think about placement - maybe a corner, one panel, or take over the whole item!
|Cultural designs can be worn as a statement of identity.
Printed design on front of vest, Norwinnz (Auckland)
|Prints don't need to be limited to one block design,
consider a print for the whole garment.
Digitally printed jersey, AUT Textile Design Lab
It doesn't just have to be for clothes,
think about a range of items or textiles that can also be printed on:
hosiery, bags, lampshades, cushion & furniture covers...
|These textile designs by Flora Waycott (Wellington)
includes teatowels, tote bags, pouches etc
|Screenprinted decor items from Skunk & Robot (Nelson)
|Printed textiles by Ingrid Anderson (Northland)
|Lampshade & cushion covers from T-Double-L (Whangarei)
|Colours in Maori, Mr Vintage
|Kelvin Mann, Goldfish I, 2011
Gold foil and flock on paper, 50x65cm, edition of 25
|Screenprinted adhesive with sheets of flocking
make great texture for textiles
If you have access to digital printers, there are transfer papers for fabrics.
Simply print on the paper and transfer it by heatpress to the fabric.
Great for a one-off test print or for quick and easy multi-colour multiples,
also for any job too difficult to screenprint. On pieces or finished garments.
Available from Heat Press Media, either for white fabrics, or opaque for dark fabrics.
If you have access to a vinyl cutter experiment with heatpress vinyl,
it comes in all sorts of colours and textures so you can make a whole series of prints
(or it can be used to make hand-cut designs too if you have the inclination).