1 Anduin Havens, Director of Special Events & Project Designer, is also our master stylist. She began by mixing the ink for the silk screening event.
2 Her goal was to match the exact shade of aqua blue of the official American Made Awards logo.
3 The ink for silkscreening is quite pungent smelling, but it was fun to watch Anduin mix various shades of blue and green.
4 Matching the mixture up to the Pantone color chart, it appeared as though a little more green pigment was needed!
5 A perfect match! It’s always a good idea to write down the recipe, since many batches would be required!
6 This is the printing screen, a very fine mesh stretched tightly on a frame. Up until the last century, the screens were made from silk, having been replaced by more reliable and less expensive polyester fabrics.
7 Lena Ghaleb, Digital Art Director, arrived early to teach those present how to silk screen!
8 Essentially, silkscreening is stencil printing, the process of squeezing ink through a screen that's been blocked, or masked, allowing ink to pass through and onto, in this case, T-Shirts!
9 To transfer the pattern onto the screen, a photo emulsion was applied to the screen. A negative of the desired image was placed on the screen, and exposed to light. That exposure burned away unnecessary emulsion, leaving behind a clean area in the mesh.
10 Kimberly Dumer watched while Lena demonstrated how to position a shirt beneath the screen.
11 She then poured ink over the screen.
12 It's important to keep the screen steady while performing the next step - pulling a squeegee across the screen.
13 To force the paint through the screen effectively, you must bear down very hard as you squeegee. Lena suggested using your stomach muscles for strength. You can see how the blue paint passed through the design.
14 The screen was carefully lifted, and viola! A perfectly printed T-shirt!
15 The T-shirt was hung up so the ink could dry - One down, 249 more to go!
16 Heather Kirkland, Administrative Manager of Special Projects, helped to prepare the shirts for the assembly line.
17 Anduin explained to Christine Bakelaar, Product Manager, that the logo should be placed off center, a nice design touch.
18 With the first round of volunteers trained, the assembly line was ready!
19 Colleen Egan and Christine took charge as Heather and Kim stood by, ready to hang the shirts on the line to dry. Dan Boguszewski, Senior Art Director, was very curious about the process.
20 Before long the clothing lines were full!
21 With the first screen in full operation mode, Stefanie Lynen,
Deputy Design Director, helped Anduin start up the second assembly line.
22 Tracy Chou, Associate Designer Crafts, cut the paper that was placed inside the shirts to prevent the ink from bleeding.
23 While Dani Cox, Assistant Designer, kept the newly screened shirts from smudging
24 With laundry lines full, space on the floor was put to use.
25 More printers called to action! Alanna Goslin,
Human Resources Coordinator and Michelle Moledo, HR Benefits & Payroll Associate, kept the presses going.
26 Rochelle DiRe, Our SVP of Human Resources, jumped in to assist Christine.
27 Silkscreening is a messy job, but no one was complaining!
28 Volunteers kept arriving - Kristen Wendling - Customer Relations Manager, Anna Pankiw - Corporate Print Director, and Julieanne Miller - Finance/Internal Audit Intern tried to place the emblem on the perfect spot.
29 Kate Lewis, AVP Dir. of Standards & Compl, tried her hand at stuffing shirts.
30 Look at Katie Strain, CAD Designer, as she made the perfect print!
31 With so many shirts drying, walking became difficult.
32 Anna, Kristen, Heather, and Julianne admired their excellent results. Doesn’t that print on Heather’s shirt look great?
33 Michele Laufik, Digital Sr Editor, and Laura Porter, CAD Designer, were really being precise.
34 Having fun, Laura?
35 Lisa Gersh, our CEO, rolled up her sleeves before getting into the action.
36 Lisa was a natual!
37 Nice job!
38 Finally, I stopped by to try my hand at silkscreening.
39 Nothing wrong with my attempt!
40 I thanked Anduin and all of the volunteers for a job well done.
41 We are sure excited about our upcoming American Made event! How about you?