Nostalgie Textiles, is lead by Textile Designer Letitia du Toit, – living her dream, one creative day at a time.
Vir my is Nostalgie nie net iets uit ‘n woordeboek nie. Nostalgie word beskryf as iets wat was: ons verlede het gelei tot die hede en ons hede vorm die toekoms. Ons klou vas aan nostalgie,’n verlange na tuiste. Daar word nie verniet gesê “home is where the heart is”, en my hart is in my kuns. Nostalgie beloof om jou elke oomblik te verras met nuwe idees, inspirasie en huise propvol liefde vir kreatiewiteit.
Onthou!! Sharing is caring. Vertel graag ‘n vriendin, vriende en familie van Nostalgie, maak seker dat jy my nuwe facebook page gaan LIKE, share, of selfs ‘n TWEET daaroor te skryf. Ek kan nie wag om nuwe gesigte te ontmoet nie en om weer bietjie op te vang met my gereelde kliente wat ek nou sien as vriende.
THE PROCESS WHERE ALL THE MAGIC HAPPENS
Being inspired by everyday life, this artist tends to illustrate by hand before it is re-tuned and refined digitally.
Her favourite mediums used, aspesialy creating bold imagery for silk screening, would be ink and fine liners.
After sribbeling and doodeling freehand, the image needs to be scanned in order to create or mimic a design/ pattern within a program she loves dearly – Adobe illustrator. There she plays around with contrast, line thickness and composition, until she is completely satisfied with the end result.
Prepping the silk screen:
Once the design is ready for the next stage. It is printed out onto an acetate film, which is needed for exposing the design onto the Silk screen. Kind of like a stencil. A screen is made of a piece of mesh tightly stretched over a steel frame. To expose the design onto the screen this process is done entirely in a dark room. As the already cleaned and prepped screen needs to be coated by using a photo-sensitive emulsion.
This emulsion then needs to dry for a day, in order to place the acetate printout (design/stencil) on top of the silk screen for exposing.
Once the design is placed on top of the screen as desired by using clear tape to stick it to the screen, it is placed on a glass table, where an exposing lamp is placed underneath this glass table to “burn” or set the negative spaces of the screen. (The lamp will be switched on for a certain time period depending on design quality and preferences).
When this is done the screen needs to be washed, and where ever the design/stencil is, the photo-sensitive emulsion will wash out. This is where the mesh is clear so that the printing paste can be distributed through the tiny wholes. The ready washed screen with the exposed design will then be placed directly in sunlight to further fix the photo-sensitive emulsion. This screen can then be used for plenty of printing, yay, up until where the design might become blocked because of over printing, or blocked because the printing paste was not properly washed off of the screen when used before.
The screen is placed on top of the desired fabric, printing paste is then placed on top of the screen, where a squeegee (rubber blade) is used to push the printing paste through the holes in the mesh by hand. This #girlboss prides herself in doing everything by hand, keeping true to this dying art of Silk screening. The printing paste that is being used is waterbased, therefore all the fabrics being printed must be atleast 80% natural for longer wear.
Once a few panels have been silkscreened/printed, the screen must be washed immediately, or else the screen/mesh can become blocked, which will effect your design. This will sometimes also result into re-exposing your design to assure perfect design quality- which can become costly.
What can I do for you?
Having my own Textile range for Home décor and more, does not mean that I cant help you! Yes you!
I do offer a specific service for panel printing (aprons, tshirts, totebags and so on.) which is only available in a one colour print*
I regret not being able to help you with printing fabric per meter- as I am a one-woman-band, and everything is printed by hand with no equipment or machinery.
Here with an example for costing:
Setup fee R650 (design onto screen)
Printing fee per panel R35 (A4)*
*if you have any enquiries please pop me an email at email@example.com
Is the printing colour fast?
The printing paste that I use is water based. This means for long lasting wear or colour fastness, the fabric need to be at least 80% natural + 20% polyester.
But for best results, a 100% natural (cotton, linnen.) is preferred. All fabric are also heatset by hand after printing, which also ensures colour fastness.
Also, through many years of experimenting with colour and printing paste, I have found the unique recipe for printing paste by mixing my own colours!