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The Ink Kitchen goes to FESPA Digital 2014 – part three

Improvements to digital printing on fabric, improvements to transfers for textile, improvements to sublimation on fabric, and yes even improvements for screenprinting on textiles. In many ways it is an exciting time to be a decorator of garments because so many techniques are possible and they all seem to be improving. The look on this…

The Ink Kitchen goes to FESPA Digital 2014 – part two: Awards

Printing on garments has really come a long way and nowhere is that more apparent than in the winning prints for the FESPA Awards 2014. Once printers in the States ruled the world, but no longer. The winning prints at FESPA are incredible and they come from shops in Russia and Poland. From super fine…

The Ink Kitchen goes to FESPA Digital 2014 – part one

A few notes from  FESPA Digital in Munich, Germany: Progressive companies in the USA are now part of a global system, they are here in Munich seeing what is going on. Environmentalism is not dead, the rest of the world is passing the USA by. Not so many heads in the sand here (or is…

The Cheap Dude (or dudette) Factor

I figured I should post about single head embroidery machines with a laser since one of the cheapest dudes I have ever met in the industry has just purchased one. I’m sure Hirsch/Tajima can give you the numbers to run yourself, but I”m telling you that this guy I know would not be getting one…

How Do You Know That Ink is Cured?

How do you know ink is cured on a shirt? Wash it as you normally would launder a shirt and see if the ink comes off. Get a washer and dryer at work or bring shirts home, that is the only way to be sure if the ink is cured. You can use all kinds…

Domingo Gigante– Las rosas siguen siendo rojas… Las trampas del color.

Este post de hace de cinco años todavía sigue vigente. El otro día alguien hablaba del “teal “, un color que puede ser desde azul brillante a un color mas azul verdoso. Esto es lo que pasa con el color, puede ser una trampa si no tienes cuidado.Hoy recordamos las maravillas del Sistema de Comparación…

Web Wednesday – The Ink Kitchen Meets Kitchen Ink

Down on Frenchman Street in New Orleans on a Tuesday night which was turning into Wednesday morning I met Rosin, selling her “Kitchen Ink” wares at a table. She literally screens on the floor in her kitchen, air dries her ink, and has a total DIY operation going. A few photos of her designs and…

Boost Your Skills With Silicones

Like it or not, the ability to print with silicone ink is going to have to find its place in your tool box. The pros are: it’s super stretchy zero dye migration on polyesters it’s cheaper than an insurance policy when you need to print on a $150 stretchy polyester jacket. The cons are: short pot…

Domingo Gigante– Tintas Fotocromáticas

No he trabajado mucho con tintas fotocromáticas. Dicho esto debería usarlas más a menudo. Esta tecnología lleva en el mercado bastantes años y el efecto que consigue es muy cool, y a la última moda. Las tintas fotocromáticas reaccionan en contacto con la luz Ultravioleta. En las fotos siguientes se usaron dos tipos de tinta…

Love of Work: Philosophizing on the Shop Floor

I majored in Philosophy and Religion in college. I guess I am drawn to the philosophical underpinnings of what people do. Someone once told me about the concept of “love of work” that Germans have and used some expression with the German word for work “Arbeit.” I never have found where that exact expression comes…

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