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Make Your Mark: Process

It’s been a few weeks now since the launch of ‘Make Your Mark’ and thankfully everything seems to be working. It is however, not a super quick process, more like the pace of a snail at times. But like any custom or handmade project I guess that comes with the territory.

There are basically three major production steps. First is pre-production. This is where we take your supplied artwork and make sure it will print well. At this point we look for things like colour and image clarity as well as check the technical size is going to work on the outcome. It’s important to make sure that the file looks good so the print will look good.

 

Make Your Mark Stage 1: Pre-production

Make Your Mark Stage 1: Pre-production

Next is printing. We send our files off to an Australian based digital printer and try and wait patiently for their return. On average it takes about a week and a half to get the fabric back. Once we have received our custom printed fabric it’s into stage three of manufacture. This is where we make up the product or kit as ordered, ready for delivery. 

Make Your Mark Stage 2: Printing

Make Your Mark Stage 2: Printing

Make Your Mark Stage 3: Product manufacture

Make Your Mark Stage 3: Product manufacture

We try really hard to complete each step as quickly as possible, especially in those stages where we have complete control. However, there are times when we have no control over timing at all. Which, yes, freaks us out. But during which we try and remain calm. 

From the initial order to final delivery can take up to four weeks (sometimes more, sometimes less). While it might seem like a long time between placing your order and receiving your final product in the mail, you can see there are plenty of things that need to happen along the way. We hope that the timeframes don’t put you off getting something custom made; they do say that ‘good things come to those who wait’

anita chew, make your mark

Make Your Mark

It’s been pretty quite here on the old blog for a while. But happily at least, it’s because there was a bit of work going on behind the scenes rather than just total procrastination.

This week, I launched my first print based project 'Make Your Mark'. And it’s a pretty fun one.

The project has been in the works for years. Most of which was just percolating at the back of my brain somewhere. The initial idea came when I was studying textiles at uni so I was probably more aware of surface and printed pattern than I’d ever been. Then I’d visit my mates who were in their first few years of parenting and their houses were filled with beautiful vibrant painterly artwork created by their small offspring. And in my brain I’d think “look at that expressive paint work, there’s no way you could capture or recreate that sense of freedom and exuberance as an adult” and then I’d say out loud “this would make an amazing fashion/homewares print”.

And so that is where it started. Then with all the positive reactions from my kids inspired ‘Make My Beanie’ contest winner last year I thought it might be time to create this printed version. It’s much quicker to print rather than knit, you see.

So here goes, I’ll keep you posted.