Our First Dip Into Screen Printing April 18, 2013 – Posted in: Zana News – Tags: cape town, craft small business, design, etsy, fabric, screen print, screen printing, silk screening, small business, south africa, textiles, zana cape town, zana products
Did you know we now hold screen printing workshops all over South Africa? See more & buy tickets here.
When we first started Zana it was very much a part time / after work creative outlet but over time it has become more of a focus as we have shifted our lives around a bit to make more space. This year we have worked harder & taken what was a small venture & turned it into a bigger project. Since we started setting goals, making plans & dreaming bigger we realized it was the time for us to take our designs from our cushions & into fabrics. We have had so many requests & we know it is the way to go in order to grow.
If you have been following us on facebook you possibly would have seen our updates about the great drama of finding fabric screen printing small run options in Cape Town. After doing a little bit of a run around we decided, in order to avoid huge scary financial risk, to do our own screen printing. Luckily we do have some experience & are not completely out of our comfort zone.
We were planning on setting up our studio & our table to do by the meter fabric prints first but after a HUGE influx of orders for our new ‘his & hers’ design (which you can find here in SA and here for international) & our printing company being a little backed up with work we had no choice but to pull a midnight screen printing session, and get the ball rolling!
Turns out we were both pretty glad we got to know the screens & the inks with these smaller prints before moving onto printing large pieces of fabric. They turned out so well & actually a lot less disastrous than we expected as (semi) newbies. Our garage (soon to be renovated printing studio) had tons of pieces of fabrics hanging up to dry, it was a magical & inspiring site for us. A real moment to remember as a small business.