Wanderlust Playmat: Behind the Scenes

by Lindsay Thomasson January 16, 2014

We have received a number of questions about how our Wanderlust Playmats came to be. One of the biggest challenges I faced when I was developing the playmats was finding a screenprinter capable of printing such a large-format textile. After countless hours of research, I was able to locate a small, San Francisco-based printer that expertly prints fabrics of all sizes for many well-known brands in the Bay Area and beyond, Zoo Ink. On a couple of of my visits to the Zoo Ink during the printing of my Wanderlust Playmats, I was able to take some photos of the printing process.

 

When I first decided to develop these playmats, I had visions of learning to screenprint and print them myself. I now laugh at my naivety. While amateur screen printing is relatively straight-forward, master screen printers are truly artists. Not only does printing our Wanderlust Playmats require 50 yard long tables to roll the fabric out in order to print it, but printing the films, burning the screens, and printing multiple colors and layers takes significant experience and great skill. 

With each new artisan I meet, I learn something new. Interacting with these incredibly talented individuals is one of the most rewarding parts of owning this business. 





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