Tuesday, May 29, 2007

fabric printers

it seems the most-requested type of resource people ask me about (i even get e-mails from complete strangers asking!) is printers, for fabric yardage in small quantities. i have been given a few references by various friends, so i am going to post them here. it would be great, and hugely appreciated, if anyone who sees this information and contacts or uses one of these printers could leave comments or post their experience. this is exactly the kind of information this blog (and community of designers and makers) is meant to share.

the first comes from jason at rag & bone bindery, via amy. she read about it on the r & b blog, and then i contacted him to find out the contact info. here is what he said:

This is Jason from Rag & Bone, you asked about the fabric
printers I wrote about on the Rag & Bone Bindery blog...

The fabric printers are really sweet. They were kind to
offer the 50¢ tour. I think you have to be a designer
or manufacturer to appreciate a behind the scene tour of
a fabric printer, but I loved it. If you would like to
talk to them, here is their contact information:

Decorative Screen Printers
Contact: Christine Alessio
860 889 5461 X5984

Christine can tell you more about the printing minimums,
but hand printing starts at something like 300 yards,
and machine printing at around 1,000 or so. Of course
the more you print, the less per yard. Overall it's
not as expensive as you might think.

Good luck. Please mention my name if you call Christine.
And let me know if you print your fabrics!


this next one comes from my friend chris at Pintura Studio:

the printer is called E.F.S. Designs 610 Smith St. 718-852-9511 Bob burns is the guy to talk to.
he's gruff but a baby doll. also if you want to do t shirts or anything similar like printing on something that has been constructed or cut pieces. call our friend Victor he is in the same factory but has a seperate business Conceptos 917-214-4472. Either one you call you can just tell them Chris from Pintura Studio gave you their #'s.

and this one comes from caitlin:

someone emailed me this link to a place that prints fabrics in San Fran. the prices seem pretty good. I thought maybe you could post it on the blog. anyway the website is: www.zoo-ink.com

lastly, my friends wolfy and kayrock have a screenprinting business right here in williamsburg called kayrock screenprinting. they do spot-printing, not repeating yardage. their specialties are t-shirts and concert posters.



OH cal you are such a pal!


OH MY GOSH i just called the "gruff" printer and he is literally down the street from me and I was just thinking "i wish i could remember the name of the printer in that sweet old building and it's the guy on smith st!" thanks xoxoxo me