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Screen Printing. Bold. Multi-dimensional. More Artistic than Ever!

“Old School Screen Printing in the Digital Age” (SGIA Journal, Winter, 2014) reflects what we have never disregarded – that traditional, manual screen printing remains a mainstay in the art and reproduction world despite the onset of the digital age. For those rediscovering or just discerning its potential, the simplicity and relative affordability of setting up a home-based or storefront studio and the dynamics of creating/selling beautiful, handcrafted pieces has kicked up a firestorm of brilliance.

DIY ART IS SCREEN PRINTING

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Serigraph of Ringo that is a screen printed limited edition print

As mentioned in the SGIA Journal feature, Etsy (on-line), art festivals and even Thunder on the Bay (a Sarasota, FL, biker festival of music, crafts, art and food) represent the face-to-face business that is building as manual screen printing churns out vivid creations in wearable and print arts. Various venues in 2014 will continue to host specialty, handmade items in small batches. Check out Art Expo in NYC. Watch for music festivals in Seattle, Barcelona, Chicago, Austin and Hamburg, Germany via Flatstock poster shows. The Renegade Craft Fairs in London, Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin, LA and San Francisco will also be favorite exhibits sites to be awed as will be other arts/crafts fairs throughout U.S. cities and around the nation. 

COMMERCIAL ART IS SCREEN PRINTING

And, for the artists who are venturing into printed art/fabric design that appeals to commercial enterprise, the resurgence of manually screen printed items remain big ticket items. Gregory Markus, president of RhinoTech was interviewed after his attendance at a fine art show in the Park Avenue Armory in NYC that is a grand, towering exhibit space in itself. He noted the multi-dimensional screen printed art on display, the bold graphics and sharp, expressive designs. His zealous enthusiasm was infectious regarding the artists whose multi-layered original art prints represented a new wave of “traditionalists” creating limited-edition posters, lithographs and more.

The reemergence of this manually screen printed work, whether displayed in private or commercial arenas, signals an energized marketplace and excitement for a vastly creative, hands-on method in which to design and create. And, importantly, it helps to dispel the myth of manual screen printing’s downturn in favor of a solely digitally printed world. With a 30+ year background in fine art, screen, graphics and digital printing, Mr. Markus has been witness to bold changes and a new facination in producing art with manual screen printing!

NEW DIGITAL PRINTING TECHNIQUES VIA RhinoTech

RhinoTech is an example of a company that has remained true to its roots, firmly immersed in all things screen printing; yet, has recognized the value of digital printing and its highly creative genius. The company’s ability to blend these two types of printing practices helps all printers learn how to merge these processes under one roof to meet their own creative outlets and the needs of their customers. For example, though highly simple and refined software like Smart Designer Creative Assistant X6(that blends with CorelDRAW X6), this art production software tool offers value to both digital and manual screen printers. By tracking the pulse of these art-in-all-forms producing industries, RhinoTech offers value to its customers through providing software, screen cleaning equipment, earth-friendly screen frame cleaning chemicals, adhesives, manual screen printing accessories AND digital heat transfer equipment, the latest specialty transfer papers for use with both laser and inkjet printers.

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Digital Printing involved in Fashion, Marketing and Survival!

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The image at left is of a paracord bracelet with a metal dog tag. The dog tag was printed with SinglePrint™ by RhinoTech that is an outrageously cool, heat transfer paper for use with laser printers. It can be used to print on multiple types of light color surfaces, such as wood and glass plaques, ceramic, metal, leather, and acrylic. Aside from dog tags, print guitar picks, plates, glasses, mugs and more. The only other essential ingredient is an imagination!

Make a fashion statement. The tags can be printed in color, in any type of design with a beautifully coordinated paracord (that also is available in variety of colors, including pink/black camo).

Create a marketing opportunity. Print and distribute the dog tags on a ball/chain necklace or on a bracelet at trade shows, concerts and all types of community events with your company’s name, address and logo. Wear it out to dinner as a fashion accessory. You will be remembered and so will your ability to offer digitally printed items with SinglePrint™ that will turn heads!

Survival! With paracord and a dog tag, offer a great looking, potentially lifesaving survival tool if in a household emergency or dangerous wilderness situation that demands a big length of lightweight, ultra-strong rope where even the strands can be separated. Need to patch or pitch a tent, harness yourself to tree in a hurricane, create a set of shoelaces, make a backyard clothes or zip line? Need a fishing line, a line to make a fire bow or a first aide tourniquet? The paracord dog tag bracelet will always be accessible.

We want to credit ApeShirt Apparel Printing for printing the dog tags (he’s a master with SinglePrint™!). And, RhinoTech for an ingenious fashion/marketing/safety statement.

For more information on digital printing with SinglePrint™ and all other heat transfer papers, Metallic foil, t-shirt, hat, plate and mug heat presses, laser printers and digital art production software, please contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027 x 2 or 4; info@rhinotechinc.com. Check out Facebook and youtube.com/rhinotechcompany for training videos and all things digital printing.

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