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LARGE ART PRINTS
In your choice of gorgeous fabrics, you can have your art printed on material such as found in fine fabric shops. Printed on rolls that are 40 to 44 inches wide for wall hangings, long scarves and sarong type wearables. This option is a wonderful choice as well to composite more than one image into a larger print for savings over singly printed smaller files.
Note that the maximum width for most silks is 42", some are only 40" wide. Therefore I can't accommodate requests for scarves 53" square or 60 inches wide, or similar sizes that sometimes are desired. I have printed large window treatments & room dividers in panels, which often will work better than a very wide piece of fabric anyway.
These large prints are not hemmed unless requested, keeping the price as low as possible. Use your prints as a feature in home decor, as a work of art, or perhaps as wearable art made into a clothing item such as a sarong or pareo. Hand hemming available for an additional $2.25/ linear foot on request.
Length of print is limited by the file size Photoshop can handle.Note that a 2-yard print is the size of most sarongs and saris.That said, not all fabrics are proclaimed to be washable. Certainly not in a machine. I have sewn many of my printed fabrics into shirts, sarongs, and jackets which have been worn several times each, and have been washed more than once.. Each piece of fabric was rinsed to pre-shrink prior to cutting and sewing. I did not notice any 'running' of color, nor ink in the rinse water. I have hand-washed some of the garments after wearing and they did not fade in the process. There is, however, no guarantee your prints would react in the same manner, so I recommend you cut a small swatch and test before your final decision. Some fabrics do shrink slightly due to the weave which is why all fabrics to be made into garments are pre-shrunk prior to cutting by rinsing in cold water. Noting that garments have been constructed with my fabrics with successful hand washing as necessary, the manufacturer of the silk does not claim it is dry-cleanable. Tests made are inconclusive - I had some twill scarves dry cleaned with no problem. Others have mentioned the results of dry cleaning were not satisfactory on charmeuse. I have accidently machine washed a charmeuse scarf that got into the laundry basket. It appears to have gone throught the wash and dryer with no problem.
Weight or thickness of silk.mm (momme) means the weight or thickness of silk fabrics. On the lightest weights, prints will be equally visible on both sides of the fabric due to the thin-ness of the material .The colors are just as vibrant on the thinner fabric as on the more opaque fabrics, but as with any thin fabric it is somewhat 'see-through'.
Habotai: 8mm (momme) is typical scarf fabric, often called China Silk.
Crepe de chine: This comes in a 12mm which is translucent, not transparent and as said above, has a definite wrong side and also a wonderful material. The heavy weights up to 23mm work beautifully for tapestry- type wall hangings, pillow tops, and garments.
Chiffon is very transparent, even at the 8mm weight. It has a slight 'crepe' surface and is very elegant.
Crepe Georgette is a tad heavier than the chiffon or 5mm habotai. It is gorgeous in its fluidity and feel.
Charmeuse (currently unavailable) is satin on the "top" side of the material and has a crepe weave on the reverse. Probably the most elegant of silks, it also is a difficult fabric being slippery and slightly stretchy It is often used for scarves or garments. It is available in 12 or 19mm.
Silk Twill comes in 14mm and is often used for garments and top-of-the-line scarves such as Hermes scarves. It has a slight woven texture as you would see in denim, as example.
Silk Organza is a lovely, sheer crisp fabric. Think 'prom dress' material
Silk Broadcloth is a plain weave - a nice fabric similar to what you find in fine men's shirts
Silk Satin - in 12mm weight, similar to charmeuse but a plain weave, not a crepe backing
Rayon Challis - a soft fabric, not a natural fiber but very nice
Dupion - a nubby heavy fabric that is used for clothing and wall hangings. Not satisfactory for scarves, or with designs that have intricate detail.
The fabric will be printed just as you send it to us. In other words, it will be an all-over print. We won't alter your design so be sure it will be of a proportion that will work for you. One yard equals 42 inches wide by 36 inches high. If you want 2 yards printed, that will be 42 inches wide by 72 inches high. Resolution must be 300 dpi. Obviously this will be a huge file, so you can scale it down to no less than 21 inches wide by 36 inches high, keeping the resolution at 300. Huge files can be sent through websites offering that service. If you only send a file that is one yard in size (36x42 inches) and want it repeated the length of the print, it must be able to be seamlessly repeated or it will be noticable that it has been repeated. In other words, the top of the file must match the bottom of that file so it lines up perfectly placing one next to the previous. This requires considerable work, and if you don't know how, our graphic designer is available at a rate of $30/ hour (partial hours OK)
The examples above are in proportion for a 2-yard print. The original on the right measures 42 inches wide by 72 inches high. This is the file that the jacket on the left (below) was cut from. It is an all-over pattern that repeats seamlessly.You can see the proportion and hopefully get some ideas. The other 3 examples are for long scarves - 60 to 72 inches long and about 16 inches wide. On the left is a photo of red berries on a bush that was copied, turned, reversed into an all over design. The center shows how a smaller image can be duplicated several times to make a long scarf. The flower drawing one has the original file on both ends and an abstract of it in the center.
|Above are garments made from two-yard prints of original designs. On the left is Belgian linen, center - Crepe de Chine, and Charmeuse on right.|
You can send the fileon a CD, or through a file exchange website such as 'dropbox.com'. Email first firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.