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Fort Worth Impressions Expo 2023

Fort Worth Impressions Expo 2023 starts today. Ink Kitchen has a full complement of speakers including some new voices like Sam Lapcevic of Branded Threads speaking on some practical uses of AI today at 4. Tomorrow features one of our most absolutely inspiring speakers Jed Seifert talking about the benefits of hiring folks with “disabilities” and a new speaker Justin Moore talking about his extensive experience with live printing. The schedule is non-stop for three days, all folks that know what they are talking about and all free.  Find the up to the minute schedule here  . The schedule also appears below.  If you are at the show you have access to ask questions to the best and brightest in our industry as all sessions include Q&A

Ink Kitchen and Impressions and Devilfish Ink will be doing live printing on the show floor. More on that later, but come by and see the posters printing, old school style and grab a poster with a donation to support a Fort Worth program doing amazing work to end homelessness called Project Upspire


Cool poster design by Fort Worth’s own Alyx Spurrier and to be printed by Brian Potash of Devilfish Ink. Come see it printed and pick one up for a great cause.
Industry companies that have made generous donations so that the poster printing will for sure generate over $5000 to be donated to Project Upspire



Shop Talk Schedule


Thursday, September 14                       

10:30 am
Embroidery Businesses are Businesses!
Speaker: Jennifer Cox, National Network of Embroidery Professionals

11:00 am
Basics on Starting Your Own Business
Speaker: LaTonna Roberson, Lady Print Boss Consulting

12:00 pm
The Screen Room, Basics to Advanced
Speakers: Brian Giddens, Kiwo; Kevin Kauth, Chromaline; Dave Makin, Saati

1:00 pm
Fashion Trends in Retail, Promo, & Athletic
Speakers: Milissa Gibson, Lane Seven; Alyssa Inkrott, Bella+Canvas; Rodger Blanton, Next Level Apparel

2:00 pm
Common Mistakes in Applying Transfers and How to Avoid Them
Speaker: Dave Conner, Transfer Express

3:00 pm
Sustainability: What’s Right? What Can You Do Today? Where are We Headed?
Speaker: Marshall Atkinson, Atkinson Consulting

4:00 pm
AI: Practical Uses in Sales and Other Aspects of Business
Speakers: Sam Lapcevic, Branded Threads; Jenna Sackett, STAHLS’


Friday, September 15               

11:00 am
Moving from the Garage/Basement to a Shop
Speaker: Stan Banks, T-Shirt Side Hustle

12:00 pm
DTF and DTG: What are They and When Do You Use Each?
Speaker: Jay Bussle, Equipment Zone

1:00 pm
How Employees with Disabilities Benefit Businesses & Solve Hiring Challenges
Speaker: Jed Seifert, Stakes Manufacturing

2:00 pm
Live Printing at Events for Fun and Profit
Speaker: Justin Moore, Barrel Maker Printing and

3:00 pm
Using AI as a Tool for T-shirt Art
Speaker: Alyx Spurrier,

4:00 pm
Transfers: Now and Future
Speakers: Josh Ellsworth, STAHLS’; Rich Jacobs, SanMar; Jody Mazade, Howard Transfers


Saturday, September 16            

11:00 am
Regenerative Technologies in Garment Production
Speaker: Aaron Moreno, Fairweather Johnson

12:00 pm
Solving the Most Common Screenprinting Issues: Cure, Dye Migration, Registration
Speaker: Lon Winters, Graphic Elephant

1:00 pm
Analog Art and Inspiration to Create It
Speaker: Brian Potash, Devilfish Ink



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