Pete and Hannah founded I Dress Myself in 2006 in Nottingham. They see screen printing as a craft and love the process and the way that the ink lies on the fabric. In an increasingly digital world, it feels good to be doing something in a different way. We had been searching for a way to produce T-shirts and art prints in an eco-friendly way and came across the Permaset range of water based inks during our first year. What a breath of fresh air….literally!
Pete and Hannah are the directors of I Dress Myself. Pete, Debs and Gavin do the majority of the screen printing and prep work. Julian carries out most of the artwork prep and designs some of our products. He offers technical support to screen printers around the world to make the transition to using water based inks. Hannah answers emails, puts quotes together and, together with Debs, wrestles with the printing timetable. We’re lucky to have lots of really great clients and, mostly, working at the studio is fun.
We recently started Project ‘Eco-Expansion’, which involved moving to larger premises and purchasing new equipment. Our automatic carousel and large, efficient conveyor dryer means we can increase our capacity and print larger print runs, tempting more people to opt for an eco-friendly print service. We’ve also invested in high quality Direct-to-Garment digital machines that print one-offs, small print runs and full colour prints. It also means we can start printing ‘on demand’, which we’re very excited about. This project was partially funded as part of the LEADER grant with money from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. We have committed to creating a number of new jobs, over the next year, due to this funding and were really lucky to get one of the last grants before Brexit.
We relocated to Frome (Somerset) in 2011 and become a limited company in 2013. Our company number is 08468020 and our VAT registration number is 931 9123 34.