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dombra is easily one of my favorite patterns from marimekko. it's a bit oversized (the pattern takes up most of the window) but i'm thinking of making a cushion for our kitchen bench out of it. the soft gold/metallic color makes it blend in just enough to not scream "this is a BIG pattern!". you can pick up dombra for $38/yd at repro depot right here or scan their full collection for more affordable options.

speaking of fabrics, anna at sub-studio is having a textile conundrum and i thought someone out there might be able to help. anna and sean (her partner at sub-studio) are getting married soon and they'd like to find an inexpensive printer that could silk-screened images onto runners for their wedding reception. anyone have a good tip? anna's in nyc but anything in the surrounding area would be great...thanks!



Blogger sara jensen said...

it might be a good idea to talk to a printmaking student! i have hired students in boston to print things for me when i was feeling lazy. another idea is to contact a place like galapagos and she if someone there will do it. have them email me and i can send them a couple of ideas. the student can even make the screens.

cute bags on the side bar..heh.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if anna and sean are feeling a bit 'diy', i have had great success printing images onto fabric with my trusty ol' computer printer. i discovered that when i spray starched a piece of fabric, you can put it straight through the printer like a piece of paper. my ink doesn't wash out, but other friends who have tried it have had some fading. of course, the downside to all this craftyness is that unless you have access to a large printer you are rather limited on size, although patching the prints together could also look very cool if done in a non-tacky manner! this of course may all be a bit of a faff, but it is an avenue to explore!:)

10:30 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Oh, wow. Repro Depot really expanded their Marimekko offerings!

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a machine that makes 8 1/2 x 11 silkscreens we used to use to make t-shirts by the hundreds(in CA) for fundraisers. You just need a good black and white copy to put thru it and a screen comes out. I can't think of the name of the machine. Then just get the inks for textiles and it is really easy.

I'm sorry I'm so vague but maybe someone else knows what I mean.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i believe etsy labs has silkscreening facilities to rent

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another diy option...use freezer paper to make the stencils. there are various online tutorials for the process. freezer paper comes in big rolls at the supermarket that would be good for stenciling a runner.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

hi all...I just wanted to say thank you for all the great suggestions! I appreciate your taking the time out to answer our request for help...

10:58 PM  

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