10 reasons Screen Printing is great!

hello, Here are my top 10 reasons why I think Screen Printing is the Best:

1) Every print we do is Hand pulled, So every print is different and unique.

2) Screen Prints (especially on paper) have a quality like no other printing process. The Ink sits crisply on the surface which gives it a lovely tactile finish.

3) Its so exciting seeing designs come in, that push the boundaries of Screen Printing in a new way. I personally love seeing a good colour overlap. This is a clever way to create more colours in a design without spending on extra screens.

4) Personally I have gained confidence from screen printing. Things going wrong and making mistakes is inevitable, and once you come to terms with that you can have so much fun experimenting, without putting any pressure on yourself to get it right the first time.

5) Its fun to get messy! I get to wear dungarees covered in brightly coloured ink everyday, Whats not to love about that?

6) Its a great workout. Forget the gym, become a Screen Printer and you will soon have toned arms and washboard abs. Me and pete can pull up to 350 prints each in a day of flat out printing!

7) Sometimes a Print job can be a real puzzle, but by putting our heads together and working as a team, we always manage to find a way.

8) You get out what you put in. If you are meticulous during the whole Prep phase, and really take your time and care about every element, Then the end result is always so much better. I can spend a few hours mixing an ink to get it the exact shade of blue for example, but it’s always worth the time when it ends up looking ‘just right’.

9) Bringing someones Idea to life is very rewarding. Its always amazing to see a flat computer image leave the studio as garment, bag, packaging or art print, and its even better when the client/designer sends back happy feedback about how pleased they are with the results.

10) When you see someone in the street wearing a shirt you have printed or see an art print in a shop, you get a little buzz knowing its your hands that created it. Even though its not your design, you cant help but feel a little proud!

Whats are your favourite things about Screen Printing?

Nat x

Vegan T-shirt printing

We get asked a lot about whether our inks are vegan but it’s important to look a bit further to uncover the truth. Our inks ARE vegan, btw. Permaset inks have no animal-derived ingredients and aren’t tested on animals. More importantly though, they’re eco-friendly. They don’t contain harmful ingredients like plastisol inks and discharge inks. In fact, they don’t contain harmful solvents like other water based inks do. It means that they’re kinder to the humans that use the inks (us), the humans and animals that come into contact with the inks (you) and don’t cause problems during disposal (which affects everyone). Plastisol inks, in particular, require lots of harmful solvents to clean down the screens and these all go down the drain, causing harm to aquatic life. We use good old water to wash the ink from our screens.

The hidden thing in screen printing that is often NOT vegan is the emulsion used on the screens to create the stencil itself. Many emulsions contain gelatin. We are happy to say that ours does not.

We (almost) exclusively use organic cotton T-shirts. Cotton crops can be sprayed with higher concentrations of pesticides, compared to food crops, because the end-user isn’t going to eat it. Pesticides used on cotton crops are thought to cause the deaths of 20,000 people in the third world every year. It is a serious problem for cotton workers and for any living creatures living near to the cotton fields, particularly as water sources can become contaminated. We charge comparatively less for all of our organic cotton, recycled and bamboo garments to encourage our customers to choose the eco-friendly option.

All the garment fabrics are dyed with GOTS approved chemicals, using low-water and controlled waste discharge processes, certified to OekoTex 100 Class I standard and conforming to REACH. Organic certified fabrics are dyed in our zero-discharge dyehouse, where all the water is recycled in a closed-loop system.

The garments that we choose to source are all Fairwear accredited and adhere to the following criteria: No use of child labour, no use of forced labour, safe and healthy working conditions, legal labour contracts, payment of living wage, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining, no discrimination against employees and no excessive hours of work.

Some people describe veganism as trying to live your life without causing pain or suffering to fellow beings, human or animal. Opting for T-shirt printing with eco-friendly inks and organic cotton helps to do just that.