Textile Design student uses SureColor DTG printer

Design student experiments with SureColor SC-F2000 DTG printer

Textile Design student uses SureColor DTG printer

Birmingham City University Textile Design student Abi Southall describes how she used the SC-F2000 to its advantage to create a design full of colour and geometric shapes.

Endless print and design possibilities

Students studying Textile Design at the School of Fashion and Textiles at Birmingham City University regularly get experimental with Epson SureColor printers installed in the school's workshop, where they are encouraged to use the machine in new and exciting ways.

Third year student Abi Southall describes how she used the SC-F2000 to its advantage to create a design full of colour and geometric shapes:

"I chose to study Textile Design at Birmingham City University because of the fantastic facilities, including the print equipment and the knowledge of the tutors and technicians. The course itself is fantastic in helping to build on previous knowledge and expertise in each module developing skills and abilities to use in the textile design industry using the latest print technology. One of my designs was based upon our inner child. The print is full of vivid colour, low tech fun geometric shapes and designs. The design provided a cut and paste attitude with an energetic sophisticated edge and was a collaborative piece of work with ColorHive.

The process step-by-step

Step 1: Firstly I ironed and fixed my fabric onto the SC-F2000. I then arranged my hand-made puzzle pieces onto it, which were made out of thin mdf and card to create abstract geometric shapes, and dot cut out stencils, made with a hole punch. These were fixed with small pieces of double-sided tape.

Step 2: The ink setting was changed to double strike, which prints the pattern twice with a pause in-between. I added a one minute pause in-between so I could take my puzzle pieces and cut-outs off. I then uploaded my designs to Garment Creator and resized to how big I wanted it to be printed onto the fabric. For the design pictured I chose to print the whole area.

Step 3: I then sent the design to print. I pressed the print button on the SC-F2000 and watched my design print - through the transparent area.

Step 4: During the one minute pause I removed some puzzle pieces, exposing lighter areas in my print design for contrast when the printing resumed.

Step 5: On completion of the second layer of print the process is finished by taking the puzzle and dot cut stencils off, revealing block-out abstract geometric shapes and clusters of dots in geometric shapes. I then waited for the print to dry and heat pressed it afterwards.

Endless possibilities

"The SC-F2000 allowed me to achieve my desired outcome and more. It exceeded my expectations, in fact. The only thing that I would have done differently during this process would have been to keep experimenting with the cut-outs, stencils and puzzle pieces I made for it. There are endless possibilities to experiment with to ensure you can achieve the design outcome you are looking for. The technology and range of applications means you can try out something that is bespoke and unique to you as a designer. The techniques you can try out on the SC-F2000 include printing designs over other designs, using stencils and printing over embroidery/yarns. I find the fact that you can layer your prints up on the platen particularly useful. There are many different ink settings which add different styles and options to your design. You can also use stencils and cut-outs on them to create patterns within patterns.

The SC-F2000 is a fantastic printer and I would recommend it for use in the textile design industry and universities. It provides endless possibilities through layering/stencils/printing over embroidery and materials which gives you great opportunity for further experimentation with your designs revealing exciting and sometimes, unexpected outcomes. To offer a word of advice, I would say try all of the different ink settings as they all give you different outcomes when printed which can add to your designs and patterns. Allow some time for experimentation and design development."

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Text and images by Melanie Attlesey, Printwear & Promotion, September 2016 Vol.24 No.9
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