Digital Printing on Fabric


PeacockPrintFinishedCoatSmallFileFor an artist or small scale designer, digital printing on fabric that is now reasonable in cost is a dream come true. These images are more first foray into the new world of digital printed fabric.

These 2 images are from a combination of my paintings, scanned images of my pleated fabric and Photoshop manipulations.   I wanted to create border prints to use on a ¾ length coat design I have been working with. After some trial and error this is the results. I have included some notes with each one on how it was created. The fabrics were all printed by www.spoonflower.com. It took some time for me to figure out how I wanted the image to repeat. Spoonflower has a program on their site that will give you a few different kinds of repeats. What I ended up doing for both was to create a repeat that ran horizontally (cross grain) on the fabric and a basic repeat gave me the look of the border pattern I wanted down one side. My original images were 4”- 7” x 45” or 56” (the width of the fabric) @ 300 dpi. Spoonflower tells you the maximum file size for the image so I had to play with it a bit to get it to fit their requirements. My images ended up being around 200 – 250 dpi on their end.

original watercolor - 30" x 30"

original watercolor – 30″ x 30″

PEACOCK PRINT

Created from parts of an original watercolor, scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. The size of the repeat was actually based on the garment pattern pieces and how many repeats and how big the bottom of the image would be on each pattern piece. This image was 4’ x 45” @ 300 dpi in it’s original state. I ordered 2 yards, which turn out not to be enough for the sleeves. The sleeves are a double layer iridescent chiffon (dark teal with olive under) plus a piece of the left over fabric for a border at the end.

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ARASHI COPPER PRINT

Created from scanned images of my Shibori Pleated fabric and manipulated in Photoshop. “Arashi” is the image created by one of the pleating methods and translates to “little storm”. The original images is 7” x 45” @ 300 dpi. I am working on the coat now.

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About Justine Limpus Parish

Associate Professor - Art Center College of Design apparel design - Product Design Dept. costume design - Entertainment Design Dept Fashion Instructor: Mt San Antonio College Workshop instructor: Disney Consumer Products
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