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The face of a neighborhood

December 1, 2013

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition in Minneapolis, Minn., wants to bring new businesses and customers to live, work and play in the evolving inner-city neighborhood and on its major street. The FLOW Northside Arts Crawl, sponsored by the Coalition, displays work by more than 350 local artists during a fun-packed summer weekend each …

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Weaving vignettes of memory

November 1, 2013

Early Jacquard looms used punch cards to automate weaving of patterns and designs. This punch card technology also was used to program early computers and store binary code. Phillip Stearns, a New York-based artist exploring the intersection of digital media and textile design, developed a project that combined the two histories to provide a visual …

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IFAI announces the 2013 International Achievement Award winners

October 25, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announces the 2013 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications, that took place Oct. 24 at the IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, at the Orlando Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. IFAI received a total of 236 entries from …

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Design and function meet

October 1, 2013

Renovation of a seaside resort included custom awnings, shades and canopies for an elegant finish. By Maura Keller Situated on the bluffs of Watch Hill, R.I., overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Ocean House is an iconic New England seaside resort. Because of its location amidst sand, sea and wind, Ocean House turned to New Haven …

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PVC-free premium window films

September 1, 2013

Berkshire, England-based Lintec Graphic Films presents a range of its latest PVC-free premium window films and durable label substrates for screen and digital applications. Lintec Graphic Films’ range of non-PVC products offers see-through vision, and allows for images of photographic quality to be printed in vibrant colors. The Lumisty window film, which controls what can …

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Sports banners score big points

By Dara Syrkin The project: ESPN World Cup soccer banners The company: Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo. Engineer: Wayne Rendely, PE. Project manager: Jim Knoche, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures. Marketing firm: Creative Dimensions Inc. The task: Install banners at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., acknowledging the 32 teams advancing to …

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Latex-based ink for textiles

Bordeaux Digital Printink, an Israeli-based innovator of inks and coatings for a variety of inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, introduces its EDEN TX latex-based ink for textiles, a water-based ink for digital printing on a very wide variety of natural, synthetic and blended fabrics without pre-treatment, multiple printing devices or several types of ink. …

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Fabric graphics in “outer space”

Fabric graphics: charting new territory—and new opportunities in the exterior marketplace. By Janice Kleinschmidt “Take it outside” is a command that supposedly many tavern owners have barked when customers get riled at each other and start misbehaving. But these days it could just mean those tavern owners want to promote their businesses on awnings, or …

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Avery Dennison adds color

Avery Dennison of Pasadena, Calif., has added Conform Blue Chrome and Conform Gold Chrome to its Conform Chrome Accent film line. The wrapping films are applicable on side-view mirrors, striping and door handles, and are installed as accents to Avery Dennison’s Supreme Wrapping films for color change wraps or digitally produced car wraps. They are …

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Recreating a Dutch master in fabric

The Paleis Huis ten Bosch, built in 1645 in The Hague, Netherlands, became a center for Dutch art soon after its construction. Catholic artists of the day filled one of its spaces, the Oranjezaal (Orange Hall), with paintings to honor a royal prince. Today, Huis ten Bosch is one of three official residences of the …