Bold prints and patterns are so cool right now and I've always thought it would be fun to create my own with digital textile printing. Every season (or every season I've seen) of Project Runway there is an HP Intel Challenge where the designers get to do just that. With their HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabooks (some careful planning and beautiful inspiration) they just draw out their ideas, send it off to the printer, and within hours they have yards of fabric that they designed.
Polyester is used often with digital textile printing, but you can also use cotton, bamboo, and silk. The type and weave of the fabric helps decide whether high energy sublimation/ disperse direct, low energy sublimation/ dye sub, or acid is used. Dye sub and disperse direct are the most common with polyester, but UV and solvent inks- this would be HP's textile printing- also work. If the ink doesn't bond with the fibre used, the ink can rub-off. Low energy sublimation fades and doesn't produce very sharp images so it's not recommended for outdoor fabrics.
Digital textile printing reduces waste as no paper is really needed- going from computer drawing to print on fabric. It also uses less water and power than some other fabric productions. And with Inkjet Fabric Printing you can easily print from home with your every day laptop/tablet and inkjet printer.
|by Lisa Martin of Pikaland|
|by Sarah Betz of Little Cube|
|by A Place for Art|
|by Botto Textiles & Print Design|
|by Leah Duncan of Print&Pattern|
|By Ashley Goldberg|
xoxo Aimee ♥
xoxo Aimee ♥