Friday, 27 March 2015

Printing by the metre

Hand printed fabric by the metre is an idea that has been in my head for a long time and now that I have developed a brand that can be expanded upon I have started to jot down some designs. This is still a work in progress, but I hope not too far from an 'actual' product.

My aim is to produce some very (very) small runs of fabric suitable for dress making and each will be unique in it's own right. I guess I'm playing out my artistic ambitions on fabric! :-)

I'm yet to find a repeatable source of suitable fabrics to print on, but will start out with a few small bits I already have and go from there. Going forward it would be great to be able to print on fair trade and/or organic fabrics, so am really looking into this as a possibility and also need to iron out a few tech issues with the care of hand printed fabrics. Currently I am experiencing fading after the first wash, which I am looking to reduce. It's realistic to expect fading, but I'm currently trying to assess how much is acceptable.

Anyway, that's what I'm up to and getting my hands very dirty in the process. All a bit scary and new, but it's an addition that's really getting my creativity flowing, which I am more than happy about!