The New Visual Language

11th Loop seeks to provided a more sustainable lifestyle for all to receive. Each of our graphic textile designs starts with a walk in Nature observing the patterns in the environment. Natural colors and textures are the inspiration for all of our designs. Once a unique phenomenon is witnessed, by a designer, they document the event by making a digital image. These images are taken back to the studio to be cataloged. Using computer software and apps the designers at 11th Loop customize each image to create an unique textile design.

These graphic textile designs are forging a new look with hyper-vivid patterns and bold colors. We are pushing the boundaries to increase the number of customized designs in our collection. This is an unexplored source of creativity. Our textiles and garments illustrate the cutting-edge advances in Eco-Friendly printing and pattern making.

Now, with computer software, such as Photoshop and Illustrator, textile designs have become more complex then ever. Digital  printing will soon provide the majority of the World’s printed textiles. This is a trend that is beginning to dominate the industry.

 “Let Us Grow Naturally”

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXTREME CONDITIONS

 

11th Loop is a sustainable company striving to provide our community with planet friendly textiles and dedicated to raising eco awareness. Good ideas don’t only survive; they thrive in these harsh desert conditions. 11th Loop is developing a specialized adaptation to the climate and culture of the 21st century. Created from a natural need to have more planet friendly fabrics in our World. You will see, feel and appreciate the difference of 11th Loop. The symmetric photos and realistic floral patterns will have all heads turning. Our inspiration comes from deep within the Sonoran Desert, a place we call “Home”. This was a place with rugged mountains, high mesas, deep canyons, bubbly clouds and long horizons. As boys the brothers would spend all of their hours in this Desert playground. Watching flowers bloom, cactus fruit ripen, and palo verde beans grow plump and green. Eating off the Earth, building shelters, and living happy. The boys knew they were among true beauty.

“Its not just a Style, it’s a Life Style.”

11th Loop is working extra hard to:

Reducing the amount of waste

Rebuild with what we have

Repair what is broken

Reuse what has already been used

Recycle thoughts and ideas

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Appearing out of the heat and dust, comes a colorful array of fabrics

*YOU can also make a difference by purchasing sustainable products in your community. 

SAVE THE SONORAN


11th Loop
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