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It’s the first time SassiCapra have screen printed t-shirts for a collection. Without a carousel, its a meticulous and time consuming process but the results are worth the effort!

Featured in this post is LaPok’s Wombpok design. It’s a two colour print that we printed in two colourways. One onto white t-shirts and another onto black using opaque binder. All inks are mixed by us using pigments into binder.

Tips for screen printing T’s on a table:

1. Line your t-shirts with paper.
2. Place t-shirts along the table at the same distance from the edge.
3. Secure t-shirts to the table. Don’t staple the fabric as this will leave holes. Use masking tape, gently pulling the shirt taught.
4. If you don’t have a rail, use a block – a piece of wood or brick, to make sure your printing in the correct position.
5. Always test your design on a spare t-shirt or a piece of fabric before printing the final run.

Come and see the final results at the launch of our first collaborative exhibition Thursday 31 October at House of Bricks!

Wednesday 30 October – Sunday 3 November
40 Budd st, Collingwood

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One of our favourite pieces in the Mix Tape exhibition at NGV was a November (above) by Lesley Dumbrell 1982. Which got us thinking.. who is Lesley Dumbrell? Turns out she is a Melbourne painter and still practicing, her work explores geometric abstraction and colour. One piece we particularly liked though was Dumbrell’s Tram 731 painted for the Transporting Arts Scheme in the 80s.. what’s sad about it is that it was last shot in 1993 in tram storage 😦 We reckon someone should get this baby back on the tracks! Would certainly make our peak hour a little brighter!

A little more about our printing processes… At SassiCapra we mix all our colours for our prints. We begin by selecting a colour palette and then source appropriate yarns and fabrics from local suppliers and manufactures. This is possibly the trickiest part of the colour process, trying to find similar colours to our palette in quality fibres at the right specifications.  We then may have to adjust our colour palette according to availability and begin the process of matching our inks. We keep recipes of each of the colours we use to ensure each time a colour is mixed up it’s as close to the original as possible. Mixing our own colours gives us greater freedom in the colours we choose and allows us to control the amount we use, minimising waste.

As it warms up in Melbourne we’re preparing for Winter 2013.

Lately we’ve been busy sampling our new screen printed fabrics. We have our screens prepared locally and hand print each fabric ourselves. We love the printing process as it adds irregularity and personality to the designs, making each one of our products a little bit unique.

We’re looking forward to December when we move into our new studio with a larger print table just in time to begin production!