Changing the Nature of Wearable Art

Color Textiles Inc. makes inkjet-printable fabrics more practical

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Many creatives don't know just how much they can do with the inkjet printers they already own. Using paper-backed, natural-fiber ColorPlus? fabrics from Color Textiles, Inc. and some good sewing equipment, enterprising owners of popular piezo and thermal inkjet printers can make digitally customized pillows, purses, quilts, drapes, doll clothes, ties and scarves, pillow shams, shower curtains, jackets, upholstery, wall hangings, and even theatrical backdrops.

Because the fabrics have been pretreated with Color Textiles' proprietary formulation, a steamer isn't required to make the inkjet-printed fabrics feel good and wash well without losing their colors. The fabrics can be used with either dye-based or pigmented inks.

The image of the Joshua Tree printed on this jacket was digitally photographed by Color Textiles' co-founder Lee Newsom in Yucca Valley, CA. After the image was adjusted in Adobe Photoshop, the pattern for the jacket was created in Garment Designer Software. The pattern pieces were then reproduced onto ColorPlus fabric with Canon inks on a Canon inkjet printer, then cut and sewn into the finished garment.

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