Are you wondering about all the textile designs we use to create our unique clothing and accessories?
If you are, you’re in the right place. Here, we’re featuring the gallery of all our custom art designs and variations we use to create our artisan-crafted goods.
Deb’s first love is creating imagery. With her background in both fine arts and technology, she’s invented a technical method of creating images and textures from her art, photography, embroidery design, and graphics using a computer. Although, she once exclusively used painting, printmaking, and drawing to create her work, she now uses computer technology with photography and digitally created graphics and paintings that can be altered into repeating patterns for textile printing.
Even though, her original work was traditional painting and drawing, she always had a strong penchant for collage. This physical technique of collecting and re-inventing images by re-combining and placing visual elements together in unique ways has become her new creative signature. And it also lends itself to textile design in the most natural way since elements can be repurposed and manipulated for a wide variety of possible results.
In her early years as an artist, her graduate thesis proposed that printmaking was a way to “multiply your possibilities” and that creative “waste” – works that failed to live up to technical or creative standards – was the perfect raw material for collage since it could be “dismantled” and pieced together in new and inventive ways with just the best parts. With this as her basis, digital imagery was the perfect new medium to not only multiply her possibilities exponentially, but to expedite the process of creating a wide variety of new and unique designs.
Her growing portfolio of Textile Designs is a perfect illustration of that concept.
After a design has been established, it’s then manipulated or adjusted so it can become a seamless repeating pattern for fabric printing. We use a variety of professional textile printing houses that each specializes in printing specific types of fabrics. That lets us obtain the highest print quality possible for the type of fabric we choose for a particular item.
Because each of our production resources use an eco-friendly printing method, they all significantly reduce the use of water, contaminating waste by-products, and completely eliminates the use of toxic inks and dyes. Since fabric is only printed as needed to create our prototypes and fulfill orders, there is no overproduction using valuable resources that aren’t necessary as in typical fashion industry production. All this adds up to significantly reducing our environmental impact for the products we create.
Another beautiful prospect of printing “only what we need at any given time” or to fulfill individual customer orders, is that the design process doesn’t stop with creating a repeating fabric pattern. For each item we create, the digital image is adjusted specifically for that garment or item so that pattern placement can be manipulated for the most flattering result. Shapes and lines can be placed to enhance the female figure or to minimize other areas. This gives us more control over our fashions making them unique and visually form fitting even in the most comfortable of cuts. In other cases such as with some accessories, “cut-a-way scraps” can be used where pattern placement is not necessary and this allows continued recycling with significant reduction of waste.
There are a wide variety of digital fabric printing machines and as the technology grows so does its capability and the ever-increasing equipment options. Each fabric and printing house we use for our textiles were chosen from a very small group of trusted sources that observe fair wages and work standards for their employees. And in some cases, they also offer educational opportunities to assist them in furthering their careers and improving their standard of living.
We found this to be one of the best examples simply demonstrating the digital printing process. Again, fabric can be printed in rolls as in this informative video or the exact yardage needed to fulfill the project.
It’ll just take 5 seconds.