Thursday, September 07, 2006

Digital fabric printing update

Today is a better day - I had a client meeting that went really well. We went to the cafe 'Journal' at the City Library which I really like - it has large communal tables which are good for meetings with a laptop. I am starting to feel back on top of things, yay.

I got a reply from the digital fabric printing place. Lengths of 1-5 metres (140cm wide) costs $100 (AUD). Preedy expensive, but I was expecting that. So hmmm, what to do, what to do. I can't exactly sell yardage at prices like that, so maybe this would be a venture more suited to printing packaging for jewelry and what not. Or perhaps I need to investigate the screen printing option further... any thoughts/suggestions out there?

I couldn't very well make a post without including a picture. So here's a little diagram I made recently about how to make a pattern repeating tile in illustrator:



13 comments:

leslie said...

damn, that IS expensive. i'm totally interested in fabric printing methods at the moment too. i think screen printing would be much cheaper but have no idea where to find a screen printing place that will do short, economical runs. we really both just need some friends with good connections and/or equipment!

tiel s-k said...

why don't you try a local TAFE and see if they would be interested in opening up their printmaking studio over the weekend. You could pay them a fee for the use of their facilites and a staff member to be there. If there were a few of you, it might work out OK. Try Prahran. I have contacts if you think it could work economically. I don't think they would normally do it, but if you sold it to them, they might be interested.

Lara said...

Hi Teil - thats a very good suggestion. Actually you just triggered a similar idea in my head - I was reading the CAE course guide the other day and it said that if you've done a screenprinting course there in the past (which I did a couple of years back) you can book their studio and make use of their equipment. So that's another possibility! Thanks!

leslie said...

wow, that's so weird, i actually just came back to tell you about the studio renting at CAE! i looked into it yesterday after commenting above and mulled over taking the course and then using the studio. i don' t think i'm going to do it this time (too many other things to spend my crafty dollars on at the moment!) but wanted to pass the info on to you.

shula said...

I like those communal tables at Journal too. Forces people to share space. There should be more of them.

Mariana Massarani said...

Cool. I'll try!!!
Thank you for the tip.
Beautiful patterns !!!

elly yap said...

A fashion designer commissioned me to design some digitally printed textiles earlier this year and the price was pretty much the same. The markups for the finished garments were insane in the end because of the cost of fabric. :/

I don't know anything about screen printing, but it seems like the most affordable/feasible way to print. Wish I could digitally print my designs and sell them but I don't think prices will go down any time soon... but if I do find anything out about it I'll let you know. ;)

Blue said...

Hi, I'm a designer in Melbourne new to screenprinting on to fabrics and am looking for a company that will screenprint my designs onto a couple of meters of canvas. Does anyone know of such a company? Thanks in advance!

sarah kirby said...

Just wondering where these digital textile printers are in Melbourne that you have talked about as I am wanting to print onto fabric for clothing for my last year in my course and cant seem to find anywhere in Melbourne.

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amy butler fabric said...

Digital fabric printing is very accurate. It really gives proper edging and measures. But it is also very expensive.

Drew said...

Hi,
similar to the comments already posted... I'm trying to find somewhere that will print a pattern onto a roll of fabric to make sample shirts from. The initial print won't be large. My pattern is a PDF, and will be repeated over and over on the fabric. Any ideas?? Cheers...

veronica. said...

Try Spoonflower. Just type into google. You can upload your own image and scale it too. Different costs for different fabrics, and around $18.99 for a yard (0.9mtr) of printed fabric.