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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

11th Loop - 2012

NATURE INSPIRED

11th Loop is a nature inspired company with an aim to decrease the amount of waste in our daily lives. We are working with our community and individuals to start a textile movement. That involves using a sustainable process to create a quality products. Each digital textile design is its own portal to the beauty and complexity of the Sonoran Desert. 11th Loop is setting a timeless trend by combining art and education into one common thread. 11th Loop has bold colors, unique designs, and sustainable materials to enhance your daily life.

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is committed to preserving pristine  Sonoran desert landscapes by educating. outreaching, and teaching the community about its surroundings. 11th Loop is spending long hours researching where to find the World’s best eco-friendly fabrics to print onto. Follow us on twitter @11thLoop to be informed.

” We are developing invaded ways to express our love for Nature and the Outdoors. Nothing at 11th Loop is made without inner and outer reflection. Each product plays a specific role in our lives.”

– Benjamin Blair Kastelic , co-founder of 11th Loop