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Don’t Miss Impressions Connect 2021!

If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past ten months, it’s that we have to adapt to survive. And that’s why we’re kicking off the year by presenting our Shop Talk series at Impressions Connect, a virtual venue to connect with vendors, services and educational opportunities running from January 25th to 29th. You can register…

US Bans Cotton and Cotton Products from Xinjiang Province of China

Due to credible reports of forced labor involving the Uyghur and Kazakah ethnic groups in China’s Xinjiang Province there is a current ban on import of both raw cotton and goods containing cotton from the Xinjiang Province. The ban, known as a “withhold release order,” also applies to products processed or manufactured in third countries.…

Discharge Printing Lessons

We started our business printing primarily with discharge inks.  When I found out that I could get a bright color without using an underbase while printing on a manual press, I was sold.   Over the years we have learned a ton of lessons.   Occasionally we will have a new press operator printing a discharge job…

Low Bleed #0002 – Dawaud Muhammad of Big Printing: Ambition As The Great Equalizer

Low Bleed #0002: Dawaud Muhammad talks about building a brand and a business.  Starting with a few hundred dollars, loads of ambition, and tireless drive, hustling t-shirts on the streets of Oakland, CA turned into the thriving operation and social media juggernaut that is Big Printing. Listen now on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Introducing the Low Bleed Podcast

We finally did it!  Low Bleed, the official podcast of IK, is launched and available on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify. Our first episode, recorded pre-pandemic, features flat-stock printing legend, Andy MacDougall.  We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed our time recording with “Andy Mac”.

IK Interview Series: Colette Wilhelm of Contract Impressions

IK recently interviewed Colette Wilhelm, owner of Contract Impressions in Cape Coral, Florida. What is your current job title and what do you primarily do as your work? Owner – quotes, artwork and client interactions. What is your history in the industry? In 2014 I adopted a baby girl. I bought a vinyl printer and…

Neck Gaiters are Fine

Sometimes information travels too fast and that is particularly a problem where the information is misinterpreted or just plain wrong. Such is the case of neck gaiters and their efficacy in preventing the spread of Covid-19. It seems everyone saw the story that prestigious Duke University tested gaiters and that as a face covering gaiters…

R.I.P. Chris Caldwell

Our friend and colleague Chris Caldwell passed away at age 55 on August 22nd after a long illness. He will be missed. His big smile will endure. Chris has worked at Gildan for a few years after a long career at Fruit of the Loom. Look for a longer obituary in a couple of weeks.…

Executive Dialogue: Tito Echiburu of Avient Specialty Inks

In this edition of Executive Dialogue, Tito Echiburu, General Manager of Avient Specialty Inks (formerly PolyOne), talks COVID-19, a corporate name change, and diversity as a company core value. I’m guessing that when you took the job at PolyOne, you never could have imagined we would be in the situation we currently are in? First…

Ways to Decorate Face Coverings

In our on-going series on masks, i.e. face coverings, we cover decoration. The varieties of ways to decorate masks and other face coverings, some of which then have different methods associated with them. transfers of a variety of types sublimation (also a form of transfer) embroidery pad print direct screenprint (with a variety of inks)…

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