Jess Hutch.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

fabric

printed fabric
I've been screenprinting images of little dudes onto fabric for a while now, cutting them out (along the outline) and sewing them to another piece of fabric to make toys. Then recently I had the bright idea to just print my own fabric, which I could cut out any old way to make toys, certainly, but also anything I wanted to. I don't sew clothes, I kind of avoid it actually, but wouldn't it be fun to make some nice slacks out of this here fabric?

Basically I just doodled for an hour in my sketchbook, scanned the page into photoshop, moved stuff around so it would fit nicely on a screen, then printed it out. I got a transparency made at Kinko's, then I burned the screen and printed the fabric. I put the image sideways so I could pull the fabric through from left to right. The whole thing is kind of risky... you're ostensibly trying to print a whole length of fabric, but if you're not the most experienced screenprinter in the world (like me), you can easily foul up one print, thereby disrupting the flow. That only happened once or twice, and it was never really that messed up, so I'm pretty pleased. And anyway, it's not like I'm making drapes, I'll only be using bits of the fabric so any mess-ups can be cut around.

The width of my fabric was limited by the width of my screen (it's about 12 inches wide), although I can imagine that using a bigger screen, or printing in multiple columns along the length of the fabric, could result in wider fabric. For my purposes, though, this worked fine.

Hey! Amy (of angry chicken) recently posted about her own fantastic fabric design ideas. I love these, especially the spiky floral one and the one she describes as having hairy and "mildy creepy biomorphic shapes". Ha!

21 Comments:

At 3:35 PM , Lora said...

I think this fabric is screaming messenger bag!!!! Love it too cute

 
At 5:14 PM , LLA said...

ACK - now you've done it...

I am quite literally DYING from the fabulousity of this!

Brilliant, brilliant, and simply utterly brilliant...

 
At 7:16 PM , abbyjane said...

This fabric is so terrific! Your drawings really lend themselves to repetitive patterns.

 
At 8:07 PM , lisa said...

you've absolutely done it, jess. amazing!!!

 
At 5:48 AM , mimi k said...

I love your fabric! I would wear a shirt made out of that fabric myself...

 
At 7:25 AM , dlittlegarden said...

Terrific fabric! Thanks for the inspiration!

 
At 10:44 AM , amy k. said...

wow! wow!
this is so great and the drawings are amazing! can't wait to see what you do with it!

 
At 5:39 PM , Emma said...

That is some gorgeous fabric! I thikn just about anything would look awesome made from it. Great work!

 
At 6:08 PM , mia said...

Would make a cute baby quilt, or cushion cover.
Printing patterns on bigger pieces has been at the back of my mind for a long time. But indeed it requires larger screen and squeegees, and some patience.
Nice job!

 
At 7:32 PM , JanetinPortland said...

I really like your images printed on fabric. I can definitely see the fabric made up into garments as well as cutting out the images and applying them to things.

 
At 5:50 AM , Mais qui est Mzelle-Fraise? said...

Really nice fabric!

 
At 10:27 AM , isabelle said...

This looks fantastic! Printing on fabric can be rough, but your prints are spot on. It is challenging but so rewarding as soon as you step back from the screen.

Keep it up!

 
At 4:59 PM , Isabelle said...

Oh man that fabric is awesome! I'm madly thinking of all the things I would love to do with it - patchwork cushions, a pocket on a skirt...

Top work, I love it.

 
At 5:27 PM , rose said...

Fantastic!

 
At 9:42 AM , Ronikins said...

I have to come out of lurk-dom, to say...W.O.W. Sorry it's all I can manage, I'm a lil blown away!!

 
At 1:38 AM , leslie said...

oh wow. if you ever decide to sell pieces of fabric, be sure to let me know! i would LOVE a little couch cushion with your sweet characters...

 
At 10:06 AM , steph hung said...

that fabric is knee-slappingly awesome. i heart it in a big bad way.

 
At 6:13 AM , Katie said...

Wow! Your printed fabric is gobsmacking!

 
At 12:49 PM , ashb said...

wow! those little guys look so cute!

 
At 3:17 PM , kayla_d said...

I really like what you've done! I spend so much time searching for the 'right' fabrics, and get frustrated by the local selection. It would be great if I could design my own, and I'd love to get my hands on some of yours!!

 
At 5:40 AM , Jessica said...

I love these pieces and fabrics. Would you be interested in making pillow cases or pillows for my upcoming boutique I am opening.

Please e-mail me back regarding this if your interested

 

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