Sunday, 5 February 2012

Straightjacket Press Newcastle create my tshirts

Here are some photos that detail the creation process of my new tshirt collection. The illustrations were adjusted for screen printing in 6 colours by the awesome Straightjacket Press in Newcastle, NSW. They were then printed onto acetates and applied to the screens, before being painstakingly hand-screened by Rob and Michelle.
All the shirts are American Apparel neons
, in beautiful fine cotton. The Prince Print comes in pink, yellow and orchid and Sarah Print in orange, green and blue. The really special thing about the process for me is that unlike with CMYK or digital printing, Rob and Michelle were able to use fluroescent inks, and by alternating colours between water-based and oil-based inks, they were able to replicate a lot of texture within the images. The colours are AWESOME and these photos really don't do them full justice. The print run was all done in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. The shirts are ethically sourced from American cotton and sewn in downtown LA, and there are no sweat shops or slave labour in any stage of this production. As this is a hand screened process - nothing is done by machines, and it results in each shirt varying ever so slightly from the next. This is about as luxuriantly unique as a tshirt gets! And we made just 15 of each design, unisex sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.


















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Sarah Beetson said...

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