Corel brings AI to the artroom

CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017 is aiming to boost productivity using artificial intelligence, whilst encouraging artists and designers to bin the pen and paper. Images met Gérard Métrailler for a one-to-one demo of the new software Gérard Métrailler, Corel’s VP of products, is waving about a pot of PlayDoh in a meeting room at Birmingham NEC. He’s enthusiastically explaining how the new LiveSketch tool, an intelligent piece of software that uses a neural network and is part of the new CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2017, allows designers to sketch designs with a stylus straight on to their computer as a vector...

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RIP, Rocky the squirrel

Marshall Atkinson offers up a brilliant, if somewhat sobering, fable for garment decorators about the dangers of standing still in the face of change and growing competition Once upon a time Rocky ran a garment (fur) decoration shop (tree) for all the other animals in his area. He used to have a good business and made a lot of acorns over the years. Rocky wasn’t comfortable with change as he always liked to do things ‘his way’. Recently there has been a good bit of financial pressure in his tree. Rocky has been losing acorns steadily over the last...

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Cap embroidery tips from Madeira UK

Cap embroidery Embroidery is now one of the most frequently requested customisation techniques on headwear and can transform a plain cap into an excellent advertising tool for corporate companies and big brands alike. However, with so many different styles of cap on the market – from high and low profile, to the more structured six-panel cap, (which comes complete with the added obstacle of a centre seam) – it is important to understand some of the limitations associated with embroidery on caps before you get started. Digitising is often product-specific so it’s not always possible to use an existing...

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Up close and personal: Gill Suggett

You’ll know the name, now get to know the person. Gill Suggett, who works as an embroidery consultant, talks about Rome, taking lunch-breaks on the beach and wanting to be a detective How did you start your career in the industry? I studied textiles at university, specialising in digital embroidery, then started working for Wilcom in ‘91, later with DecoNetwork, and now I am running my own business. What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you at work? Working for Wilcom entailed a lot of travel, which I relished and feel very privileged to have experienced. I have...

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If the cap fits

As we inch towards summer, dad caps, snapbacks and headbands are all jostling for attention. We’ve rounded up the best styles, whether you’re supplying headwear for a promo agency, an independent shop or a workwear customer Stedman Active Fleece Beanies Stedman says its Active Fleece Beanies are “snuggly soft” and will keep heads warm, explaining: “These super cosy beanies combine best heat-insulating properties with great wearing comfort. The soft, 220 gsm microfleece with anti-pilling treatment is a headwear-must for colder evenings in spring 2017!” Both sides are fluffy and soft brushed and the beanie has a turn-up, allowing wearers...

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Direct Textiles

Machine: Tesoma Drylight Supplied by: MHM Direct GB Mark Somerfield – Director Tell us a bit about your business Direct Textiles started business in 2002 as a small screen printing and embroidery business to service local markets. Over the last 15 years it has developed into one of the UK’s largest trade-only garment suppliers and decorators. With a combined group turnover now in excess of £10 million, both Direct Textiles and Direct Trade Bags have invested heavily in the latest technology to support this growth, and with the recent addition of a fully automated screen production facility, an investment of over £350,000,...

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Machine: Vastex EconoRed II 30 Supplied by: Dalesway Print Technology Mikee Parker – Owner Tell us a bit about your business Vinosangre was first born as a tiny DIY bedroom operation with basic homemade gear doing small runs of around 20 shirts and the odd few tote bags, gradually expanding through the years into a fully fledged commercial unit with upgraded and legitimate equipment. We print for bands, record labels, artists and illustrators, tattooists, skate companies, schools, local businesses and independent clothing companies. We don’t have any automated presses and use environmentally-friendly ink and chemicals, so are still keeping with our strong...

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Chameleon Designs

Machine: Panther 700 Texitunnel Conveyor Dryer Supplied by: Dave Roper Steve Barrow – Screen printer Tell us a bit about your business We do a lot of contract printing and embroidery work. We also do lots of workwear, the occasional one-off for customers that come through the door, lots for dance troupes and things like that. We offer vinyl, screen printing and embroidery. What is the latest dryer that you’ve bought, and when did you buy it? The Panther 700 Texitunnel Conveyor Dryer, we’ve had it a couple of months. Before, we only used spot curing using little flash curing dryers. When...

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Streets ahead

Lincoln-based Streetshirts has evolved through a sophisticated understanding of software and close monitoring of changing customer requirements The new Storm Hexa prints vivid greens and reds It’s the Friday after Streetshirts took delivery of its brand new Kornit Storm Hexa and Ecotex+ dryer from Adelco and moved into a new, bigger unit in Lincoln. The move took place over the weekend, with the unit up and running by first thing Monday morning. Despite the undoubted pressure involved in achieving this, director Steve Winn is sounding remarkably unruffled as he explains how the new machine is instrumental to the business’s...

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The light mesh fill: Rescuing designs on high-pile fabrics

Erich Campbell offers a neat technique to prevent embroidery designs from sinking into knitwear, fleece and towels You’ve been there before: a stack of customer-provided garments is ready for stitching and just as you check them in for production, you see it. A pairing of a thick-napped fleece jacket and knitted cap. You need a fix to keep your existing design from sinking in to those deep pile fabrics, and you need it quick. Enter the light mesh fill. The light mesh fill is great for any fabric that has a dense covering of loops or fibres, or hairs...

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T Shirt & Sons

Machine: Adelco Ecotex 180 Supplied by: Adelco Screen Process Jon Lunt – Director Tell us a bit about your business T Shirt & Sons produces quality printed clothing and accessories for high profile clients across the globe within the retail, art, music and charity sectors. Our experienced team provides comprehensive project management from concept to manufacturing. We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and actively support suppliers accredited to The Fair Wear Foundation, The Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS). Recently, T Shirt & Sons successfully completed the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA). What is the latest...

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