Have you thought about printing your own t shirts, posters or canvas tote bags, but the idea of using some random company on the internet puts your stomach in knots?
Well, think locally. In all major cities, and many small towns, there are local screen printing companies that will make your dreams come true.
Besides putting your designs on products, some screen printing shops offer more. Check out Rise Above, in Oakland CA or Replica Chicago, in Chicago IL. They offer the regular printing services, as well as a gallery space open to local artists.
Or for the truly adventurous of us out there, looking to really get your hands dirty, check out a do-it-yourself place. Both The Grease Diner in Oakland, and the Polluted Eyeball in New York City are one stop shops. They offer rent-by-the-hour options, that make you the artist and manufacturer.
So stop dreaming of your work on a product and make it happen.
Next week brings the second in our new Webinar series. This time Sherry London will be answering your questions about Photoshop. Guild members are invited to hop on over to our Google group, and ask away! And be sure to keep an eye open there for an invitation to join the Google Hangout On Air in progress, early next week. Of course, once the GHOA is ended, the completed YouTube video will also be linked in our forums, for your further perusal.
Sherry London is a surface pattern designer and Photoshop expert. (She also happens to be one of our own guild members!) She has written over a dozen books on Photoshop, Illustrator, and Painter, and for many years wrote the Quick Tips column for Photoshop User Magazine. She teaches general-purpose Photoshop and Illustrator classes online and also teaches a Photoshop for Designers 6-week course with Pattern Observer that focuses exclusively on the needs of surface pattern designers. In addition, she writes a monthly TechTalk blog post for the PatternObserver website. With the initial goal of creating designs for her knitting machine, Sherry has now been using Photoshop since it was new to the world, 25 years ago!
So you've impressed us with your custom printed kicks; and your special brand of cool is on a custom printed backpack / t-shirt / hoodie. But until now your unique imprint has been missing on the shiny happy faces of your followers. Rejoice, surface pattern designers! The day has arrived, and your fans can now see the world through you-colored specs! Canvas Eyewear brings us custom printed sun glasses. With options like matte, frost and clear frames, UV protection, and several lens options, Canvas sunglasses are priced at around $89. And there's more! Each week Canvas Eyewear has a weekly giveaway in which one lucky designer's name is randomly drawn, and the winner gets to design their own sunglasses for free. One caveat; currently Canvas Eyewear doesn't seem interested in courting artists, or rewarding their creativity; their FAQ doesn't contain any information about ownership of artwork, or royalties. With sites like Society6, Kekacase and even Spoonflower, this seems weirdly retro, and not in a good Rayban Wayfarer kind of way. Perhaps they will change this in the future.
Leslie has more than 20 years experience in styling, manufacturing and product development from
conceptual design through production in both residential and commercial sectors. Her expertise in
woven fabrics includes engineering, manufacturing and testing. Clients included Steelcase, Calvin
Klein, Calvert Group and Pottery Barn, as well as Levi Strauss. In 1997 Leslie founded
TANGLEBLUE a product design and development consultancy in San Francisco.
Leslie trained as a weaver, having been introduced to textiles as an art medium. A perpetual
student, she studied natural dye under the Goblein Master dyer Jean Dufour and workshopped
with notable fiber artists and designers such as Jack Lenor Larsen and Louise Lemieux Berube.
She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art under Gerhardt Knodel, and was a Peace
Corp Volunteer in El Salvador, Central America working with the textile cottage industry. Her studio
is in San Francisco on Hunters Point Shipyard, where she shows annually during Open Studios.
Currently she is developing product for specialty shops and continues work with mills and on her
loom. Her designs and consultancy projects include Jacquard woven fabric and tapestry. She is a
trainer for Pointcarré software, a premiere textile design and engineering software, one of their
Join us at our next meeting where Leslie Terzian Markoff will demo Pointcarré textile software. We first encountered Pointcarré at Surtex, and were intrigued by it's potential. Leslie will demonstrate the software's capabilities to create repeats, colorways, and ability to visualize what the print will look like on different surfaces. This promises to be a fascinating evening.
"For 25 years, Pointcarré Textile Software provides a complete package for Printing, Knitting and Weaving aimed at Fashion, Home Furnishing and Technical Industry."
Are you bringing your "problem children" to the meeting tonight? Learning from each other is one of the best features and benefits of belonging to the Guild!
THIS JUST ADDED: Do you have an Illustrator or Photoshop problem that you need help with? Bring your file on a laptop or thumb drive, and we'll have an impromptu peer-to-peer problem solving session!
Our next meeting features guest speaker Brennan Mulligan of Skyou. Brennan is the first of many awesome speakers we are bringing to the guild from Surtex. He instantly stood out in the crowd because he was wearing an amazing tee-shirt. Turns out that tee was a product from SILO, the e-commerce platform powered by Skyou's on-demand technology. The evening's presentation will feature products designed by our very own Jenny Thayer. Stay tuned for more!
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