Building wraps spur sales for print shops

March 1, 2007

Creating advertising and event banners large enough to cover the façade of a building is a market that can’t be ignored. By Lou Dzierzak At the 2000 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, more than a dozen buildings were decorated with super-sized banners celebrating the competition. Since then, sports related venues and events have been …

Fabric facts

There are no easy answers or “magic” fibers, yarns, finishes, and coatings to meet every application. By Phil Age and Jean K. Dilworth Selecting the best fabric for your final application or product depends on the manufacturer’s method of creating fabric from fibers and yarns. The fabrication contributes to the appearance, product end use, cost, …

Printer pointers

Your guide to asking the right questions before you buy. By Phil Age and Jean K. Dilworth There are numerous factors to consider before making the decision to by a new printer. First, does your current printing operation have excess demands that can only be met by labor working overtime? If the answer is a …

Fabric hits the runway

By Lou Dzierzak The event. Paul Mitchell Fashion Show stage set for a traveling trade show exhibit and/or hair show event. The company. Pink, Inc, New York, N.Y. The task. John Paul Mitchell Systems hired Pink, Inc. to build two large tension fabric structures. Featuring larger than life photographs, the 12- x 12- x 18-foot …

Adaptive Textiles adapts to meet customer needs

January 1, 2007

By Lou Dzierzak Jeanelle Dech was just eight years old when she started selling quilts and doll clothes to neighborhood boutiques. A childhood hobby soon became her professional career. Years later, frustrated by the existing interior design business model, Dech and her husband Larry saw an opportunity in digital printing and fabrics. In late 2004, …

Good use of typography helps make the right statement

Don’t overlook how good typography will capture the viewer’s eye and support your message. By Marti Naughton When printing on fabric, choosing the right image, fabric, and printing options are all important decisions. But don’t overlook how good typography will capture the viewer’s eye and support your message. Whatever your project is, defining the purpose …

The right time for a bold move into the fabric graphics market

Better fabrics, inks, and equipment, as well as exciting new markets, have converged to create an explosion of graphics on fabric. By Jill C. Lafferty Patrick Hayes still remembers a comment from one of his company’s earliest customers, the proprietor of a screen print shop. “I recall the owner saying, ‘The money is in the …

Understanding RIP

Q&A with Roberto Santos You’ve purchased a printer that looked so good on the show floor. The price was right, and for good measure, the salesperson threw in some ink cartridges and a free RIP package. But is this particular RIP right for your shop? For your employees and workflow? For the substrates you use? …

Selecting the right ink and fabric combination for digital printing

Making the chemistry work: Choose the right ink for your particular application. By Samit Chevli Digital textile printing is fast gaining ground and seeing market acceptance in printing on a variety of fabrics. Diverse markets such as apparel, home furnishings, tradeshow graphics, flag and banner, swimwear, and point of purchase displays are all showing rapid …

Graphics help create “Wish upon a star” gala theme

By Jill C. Lafferty The company. Flying Colors, Berkeley, Calif. The task. Flying Colors was hired by the Oakland Museum of California to connect the decor of their annual “Golden Gala” to an exhibit entitled “Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland,” which opened simultaneously. The gala was to carry an overall sub-theme of “Wish …