3 Years in the Making

Today 11/11/14 is 11th Loop’s 3 Year Anniversary. It all started in a small cabin in the woods of Prescott, Arizona on 11/11/11. An idea of two creative brothers to team up and create functional art work for all to enjoy. Nathaniel a photographer and Benjamin a graphic designer created the lingo and the style of Graphic Textile Design with the twist of a Sustainable Lifestyle.

It has been a year since our last post and a lot has happened since the beginning of this lifestyle brand. This year we opened the first of many 11th Loop stores on the bay front in Hilo, Hawaii. We have created a place to educate our customers on the product. The 11th Loop store features a collection of environmental friendly apparel and accessories. We specialize in textile designs printed on sustainable fabrics. Our mission is to source American grown natural fibers and materials. By using eco-friendly methods 11th Loop insures little waste of fabric, water, and electricity. Join us as the journey continues with support and love of conscious individuals like You. Visit us at: 144 KING KAMEHAMEHA AVE. in HILO, HAWAII (10am-6pm / Mon. – Sat.) 

What does 11th Loop mean to You?  

11: is a balanced number, I was born at 11:11am so I have always had a special connection with this number though out my life. The night of 11/11/11 as my brother and I were coming up with names for hours. I was standing in the kitchen cooking in the cabin. Then I heard a voice say to me “11th Loop”. I had no idea where it came from, but I rolled with it. So I told Nathaniel to look it up and see if it was taken by any other person on the internet. He found nothing. So that was the beginning of the branding of 11th Loop. At first we were not sure where to take it, but today we have seen the power of sticking to your dreams and never giving up.

Here is what you will find on the number 11 in our World:  

First the number 11 is very important in numerology, as it is the first of the Master Numbers. In Basque, hamaika (“eleven”) has the double meaning of  “Infinite” probably from amaigabe meaning “endless”. The Power of 11 was seen on “11-11-11”, when it showed an increase in the number of marriages taking place in different areas throughout the World.

Astrology: Aquarius is the 11th astrological sign of the Zodiac. The age of Aquarius in the new age that is coming. This is a time of Peace and Feminine rule in the World.

Astronomy: Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the Moon and NGC 11, a spiral galaxy in the  constellation Andromeda.

Math: 11 is a strobogrammatic prime and  a dihedral prime because it reads the same whether the calculator is turned upside down or reflected on a mirror, or both. 11 raised to the “n” power is the nth row of Pascal’s Triangle.

Science: 11 is the atomic number of the element sodium. 11 is also the number of space-time dimensions in M-theory.

Religion: After Judas Iscariot was disgraced, the remaining apostles of Jesus were sometimes described as “the Eleven”. 11 is a spiritually significant number in Thelema. 11 is also the number of the Holy Spirt.

Music: A complete 11th chord has almost every note of a diatonic scale.

Sports: There are 11 players on a soccer team and an American football team has 11 players on the field at one time.

Military: The number of guns in a gun salute to U.S. armed forces. The number of General Orders for Sentries in the Marin corps and United States Navy. World War 1 ended with an Armistice on November 11, 1918, which went into effect at 11:00 am, on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of the year. Armistice Day is still observed on November 11 of each year, it is now called Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Travel: The number 11 bus is a low-cost way of sightseeing in London. The highway 11 is a major road on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Movies: Benjamin-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997) , and The Lord of the Rings: The return of the King (2003), have each won 11 Academy Awards, including Best picture of that year.

In memory: Of the American Airlines flight 11, a Boston  to Los Angeles flight which was reported to have crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York on the day of September 11, 2001.

The Loop

Loop: Infinity, Rotation, Transformation, and the way of life

Math: Loop (telecommunication) , sending a signal on a channel and receiving it back at the sending terminal. Loop (computing), a method of control flow in computer science. Loop (graph theory), an edge that begins and ends on the same vertex. Also the Loop (topology) means, a path that starts and ends at the same point.

Travel: Loop route, a main route or highway that forms a closed loop. loop, a main route or highway that encircles a town or city

Music: Loop (music) , a finite element of sound which is repeated by technical means

Also the Loop is used for: Loop (knot), one of the fundamental structures used to tie knots in couples. Even a Loop roller coaster is a basic roller coaster inversion, also a Loop, is a type of Fingerprint pattern. And a Film loop, the slack portion of the film around the projector lens in a movie projector.

 

Inspire others to make the right choice …

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TEXTILE PRINTING

The History of Textile Printing

all information comes from: #digitalprintfashion / @phxart

BLOCK PRINTING

When

Traceable to 400 BC in India and China, block printing was adopted in Europe around 1300 AD and was commonly used until the early nineteenth century.

Method

The design is carved into a large wooden block. The raised surface are coated with ink, like a stamp, and pressed to the fabric. Each color in a muti-color design requires a separate block carved to print only that color element.

Advantage

Block printing allowed the creation of decorative fabrics that were more affordable and lighter weight than traditional decorative fabrics like velvet and embroidered textiles.

Disadvantage

Block prints are labor-intensive and time – consuming to produce.

 

COPPER PLATE PRINTING

When

Introduced in 1752 near Dublin, Ireland, copper plates printing was most popular in London from 1760-1790, and was used until the 1850’s

Method

Copper plate printing utilized an intaglio (engraving) method. Ink is trapped in recessed lines and released to the fabrics under the weight of an iron pressure roller. Multiple colors are difficult to produce; this method produces only monochrome designs.

Advantage

Copper plates allowed the printing of a large design at one time.

Disadvantage

It was impossible to exactly align the image produced by the plate for consecutive printing. As a result, only disconnected, or “island” patterns were produced.

 

ROLLER PRINTING

When

The first successful roller printer is credited to Thomas Bell in 1783 This method was used until the mid-twentieth century.

Method

An engraved metal cylinder prints a continuous pattern through a mechanical process.

Advantage

Thousands of yards can be printed quickly and economically.

Disadvantage

Machines require many skilled workers to operate and maintain. Cylinders take weeks or months to engrave.

 

SILK SCREEN PRINTING

When

Patented in 1907, silk screen printing was the primary technique of twentieth-century textile printing. It is still used to print the majority of textiles today, though in a mechanized form like roller printing that utilizes a cylindrical screen allowing high volume.

Method

A screen of fine fabric is treated to allow ink to penetrate only through the area of the pattern, like a stencil.

Advantage

Screens are simple and inexpensive to create, making it economical to produce small yardage of one design. A designer can create exclusive textiles for garments.

Disadvantage

Printing may require a large workspace or mechanized operation.

 

DIGITAL PRINTING

When

First used by carpet manufacturers in the 1970’s, initial experimentation with digital printing in fashion began in the 1990’s. Improvements in technology made the method more accessible and the quality more desirable for high fashion in the mid-2000s.

Method

Ink is delivered through a nozzle and deposited to create an image. Multiple colors are produced using a standard CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color palette.

Advantage

Digital printing is cost effective for very small yardage. There is unlimited design potential for detail in pattern. Print on demand.

Disadvantage

Digital printing is emerging technology whose potential is not fully realized…

 

This is were we come in:

11th Loop is on the cutting edge in the digital printing technology. This is the newest look in fashion and home decor. The colors are bold and unique, and the patterns are one of a kind. Are design process starts with a digital collage and ends with a custom digital print. “The technology will soon provide the majority of the World’s printed textiles.”says the Phoenix Art Museum. There is a wide range of available colors and the speed at which you can multiply and manipulate images far succeeds then the common screen printing process.

Making Smart Art @ 11th Loop

Blue Stone 01 Blue Lupine Mini Skirt by : 11th Loop – The Sonoran Desert Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEAR TO CARE

“Wear it like you mean it.”

Daily we are all impacted by the exterior World, and its struggles. We need to start making choices that manifest these days into the next level of creativity. Pushing the minds of designers and trend setters to better our love for life, to better our peace of mind, and our own creative drive. 11th Loop is working all hours of the day to generate a new way of looking at the patterns within our World. Integrating the past with the future, to create the art of today. The animal prints, snakeskins, fox fur, and feathers are on the way out. 11th Loop is following our instinct back to a natural way of Life. Our prints are one of a kind. Using the evolution of the mind to make sustainable products available for decades to come.

11th Loop is turning away from the barbaric fashion sense, to create a new natural way of walking through your life with confidence and elegance. We are pioneering new patterns to lead us into a new frontier of fashion. Join us as we hunt for the next great idea  /  www.11thLoop.com

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LIFE IS LAYERS

11TH LOOP

Life Is Layers, Live It!

11th Loop combines the need of water in the desert, and the abundance of rock to launch a collection of fabrics that captures the essence of  true Nature. 

 

2012 SONORAN DESERT COLLECTION

Rotation Transformation:

An image rotated horizontally, vertically, and 180 degrees. The original single image is seen from four different perspectives. Combining these patterns the repetition reveals a continuous and seamless natural design. The simplicity of the pattern allows a balance of infinite possibilities. 

to view patterns visit our website : http://www.11thLoop.com 

1 – Spines

2 – Pincushion

3 – Deadwood

4 – Ambrosia Bursage

5 – Saguaro Silhouette

6 – Cottonwood Seed

7 – Desert Thistle

8 – Fairyduster

9 – Saguaro Side

10 – Mormon Tea

11 – Saltcedar

12 – Century Paint

13 – Rock Live-Forever

14 – Witchgrass

15 – Woolly Paintbrush

16 – Saguaro Spines

17 – Golden Cottonwood

18 – Strawberry Flower

19 – Blue Lupine

20 – Wild Cucumber

11th Loop is on a journey to create the most unique geometric patterns.

Then we print on sustainable fabrics, making a much friendlier fabric to wear.

 Art Nenvou + Sustainable = 11th Loop

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