Screen Printing

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DTG Printing

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Screen printing classes

Learn all the ins and outs of the screen printing industry. Learn from instructors with years of industry experience in apparel printing. Pick from several different class options from beginner level all the way up to expert. we will guid you through the process of screen making, press set up and printing your own shirts.

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A Brife History of Screen Prinitng & The T-Shirt

     A style of screen printing first appeared in China during the era of Song Dynasty (960-1279),

and made its way to Europe in the 18th century. However, it was not until silk mesh was more available for trade in the 19th century that screen printing began to pick up popularity. In 1907 Samuel Simon patented screen-printing in England. At first, the process was used to print interesting colors and patterns on wall paper, fabrics, and advertisements. Eventually it was adopted by artists as a convenient and reliable way of reproducing their works.

   About the same time that screen printing was introduced to Europe, the British textile industry, which had been steadily expanding since the late Middle Ages, became the first major industry to be industrialized. Starting with the “flying shuttle” in 1734 and going on to steam-powered factories in the early 1800s, industrial inventions made mass production of textiles and garments practical and slashed production labor costs.

     As the Industrial Revolution proceeded, one of its inventions was the union suit undergarment that was popular in the 1800s. In time, the one-piece suit was split in half, with the top half (with or without buttons) becoming a separate shirt extended somewhat so that it could tuck into the lower half, now separate pants. Later in the 1800s, miners adopted wearing it as their main shirt in hot environments.

   The T-Shirt became popular in U.S. after the Spanish-American War when the U.S. Navy issued them to sailors. They were crew-necked, short-sleeved, white cotton undershirts for wearing under a uniform. Soon sailors and Marines in work parties, the early submarines, and tropical climates commonly removed their uniform jacket, wearing (and soiling) only the undershirt. It spread to agricultural and other workers.  When the soldiers came home from World War 2 and wore their issued T-shirts at home, they became even more popular.

    Printing and T-Shirts came together in the early 1950s, when several companies based in Miami, Florida started to decorate T-shirts with resort names and characters. The “ringer” t-shirt (one-color shirts with contrasting collar and sleeve band ribbing), along with tie-dyeing and screen-printed shirts came out in the ’60s and they instantly became the “uniform” of rock-n-rollers, hippies, political protestors and drugheads. Popular designs from the period included swirling multi-colored designs, happy faces, the face of Communist revolutionary Che Guevara and the famous “I ♥ N Y”. Finally, the plain white t-shirt became popular after Hollywood actor Don Johnson wore one onscreen in the 1980s. As t-shirts became popular, screen printing was being ever more improved. American entrepreneur, artist and inventor Michael Vasilantone began to develop, use, and sell a rotary multicolor garment screen printing machine in 1960. This quickly became the most popular garment printing machine (and still is today), and garment printing also became the most popular form of screen printing.


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