For those who are looking to make customized clothing, silk screen printing is the best way to get detailed and colourful designs onto garments. There’s really no limit to your creativity when it comes to screen printing on apparel — you can customize hoodies, sweatpants, sports jerseys, tank tops, and more with your designs.
As an online store, a reliable custom clothing company like R&P Prints can be your one-stop-shop for screen printing services in Toronto and other cities across the country. You can make custom screen-printed apparel for a whole host of occasions and purposes big or small. This could include staff clothing for events, party shirts for an upcoming family reunion, organization shirts for sporting clubs, university orientation, you name it.
Silk screen printing is actually an old artistic technique that started over 1,000 years ago during the Song Dynasty in China. It’s originally a manual method and that evolved into using stretched out fine mesh that was sometimes made from silk (hence the name).
The technique has not seen much change over the years and it can be done on a very small scale by artists or on a large scale for mass productions. One colour is printed at a time so you have to use multiple screens to produce an image with multiple colours. One thing’s for sure, the process itself is mesmerizing to watch as you see the image take shape after layers of printing.
Popular Screen Printing
Screen printing had a big cultural and artistic moment during the 1960s with big American artists using the technique to create big, pop culture-inspired works during the Pop Art movement. Below are some popular screen printers whose designs can hopefully inspire you to make your own creative custom apparel.
Warhol is probably the most well-known screen printing artist and it’s no wonder why — his designs, which started cropping up during the 1960s, are iconic and known for their depictions of celebrities and pop culture. His bold use of colour and incorporation of iconography could inspire you to play around with celebrity culture and repetition in your own designs.
A contemporary screen printing artist, Laurie Hasting is based in Nottingham and makes limited edition screen prints of her own intricate line drawings. The images are usually of nature-inspired landscapes and tend to depict people and brightly-coloured geometric shapes. Her art is on exhibit in the UK and internationally from time to time and she has an online shop for anyone looking to add a little art to their home décor.
Another prolific printmaker who made an imprint on the 1960s Pop Art movement, Lichtenstein’s prints are inspired by comic strips and are also heavily reflective of American culture. He often portrayed sad and heartbroken women (“damsels in distress”) as well as abstract shapes and architecture. From Lichtenstein’s work, you might be inspired to use big, bold shapes with thick outlines and bright colours for your designs.