One of our favorite parts in this Allmade journey has been meeting screen printers who want to make a difference. Threadbare Print House is one of the screen printing shops who truly lives the Allmade mission and who has left their mark on our hearts. As a women run and water-based shop located in Eugene, Threadbare has taken the bull by the horns and advocated for Allmade. We recently spoke with Amy, Threadbare's owner, about her experience in printing and why she chooses Allmade. Check out the blog below to see her answers.
How did you get started in printing?
When I became a mom at 26, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job and stay home. I have two boys who are now 12 and 14. When they were younger I taught myself how to screen print, and became hooked. I started with frames I built myself and stapled screen mesh onto. I coated the homemade screens with a spatula and emulsion. The learning curve for burning screens correctly under the light fixture I rigged up took months. But once it worked, I would take one of my kids hardback books (those cardboard ones they give to babies that chew on everything) and place it inside the shirt. The screen would go on top and I could print shirts for my kids. I didn't even have a squeegee, I used a piece of plastic. Over time, I learned more about hobby screen printing, and finally, I found Ryonet and learned about commercial screen printing.
How did you hear about Allmade and why did you want to get involved?
Seven years later and I have moved my printing operation, Threadbare Print House, out of my garage into a shop, and I have four employees. I rarely screen print anymore as running a business takes most of my time. One day when I was sick and home in bed, I searched for T-shirt podcasts and came across Building Your T-shirt Empire. I listened to Ryan Moor speak with passion about the brand Allmade he was launching. I knew right away I wanted to get involved, so I made a note to buy into their Indiegogo campaign the day it launched. I wanted to get involved because I knew Ryan to be a leader in the industry and because I want my print shop to be as innovative as possible around social and environmental issues.
3) What is it like to print on Allmade?
We opened our first box of Allmade and immediately began printing. We screen print exclusively with water based inks so we are used to the challenges presented by printing on tri-blend shirts. We were pleasantly surprised to print red discharge ink onto the navy tri-blend for one of our regular customers. The prints came out much more vibrant than what we had offered before. We like to print on Allmade because it opens up a dialogue with our customers about sweatshops and labor practices. Our customers like to know what's behind a brand.
4) Why do you choose to use only water based and discharge inks?
I started out screen printing as a hobby, and it took me awhile to grasp how a commercial print shop worked. When I did, I realized I wanted to stick to water based inks because of the environmental impact. Luckily, at that time the screen printing industry was just beginning to embrace water based inks more. My shop had never used plastisol, so it was easy to just keep doing what we know how to do. We consider ourselves to be pretty good at it now.
5) What kind of customers have you noticed being interested in Allmade?
The customers we have tend to want a higher end fashion blank without breaking the bank. We print for breweries, hip restaurants in our area, running groups, and nonprofits. These places have made the transition to Allmade when basic tri-blend shirts are needed. In turn, they have educated their own customers about the importance of this brand by displaying posters about Allmade.
6) If there was one thing you could tell a printer about Allmade, what would it be?
In the screen printing industry we tend to brush aside the environmental and social impacts of what we do because there isn't a lot of alternative options out there. I would recommend a screen print shop get samples of Allmade on their showroom racks to offer their customers something they probably didn't know they were missing. One thing that has been a great selling point about Allmade is the way the women's cut fits. It's much more universal and flattering than traditional fashion blanks. Our customers care about their global impact, and they care about fantastic print quality. And at the end of the day they want a fantastic shirt that fits great.
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