First2Print Transforms Rooms for Television’s ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ with Digital Textile Printing
“We were honored to work for such a worthy cause and work with such a formidable design team as the one on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” said Tina Wagner, project manager for First2Print, New York. “What made this project unusual was the exceptionally short time frame. We really had to work closely with the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design team to pick the right fabric that would be functional and beautiful, as well as durable enough to be in the bedroom of a home. In addition, our digital printing process needed to match the textile colors from concept to final short-run production yardage – all within just a few days.”
With color as the foundation of inspirational interior design, digital-printing services from First2Print can unlock home décor doors to render unlimited colors and images for short-run yardage of fabrics, for everything from bedding to drapery to upholstery and flooring. Typically, textile designs are constrained to six or maximum twelve colors, yet with digital printing, millions of colors are achievable, and customization is a snap.
Interior designers, artists, and manufacturers of home furnishings and décor products have previously struggled with designing, purchasing or producing 3,000 yard minimums of custom prints. With materials and digital fabric print services from First2Print, the creation of textile prints with just a minimum of five (5) yards for production fabric is now practical. In addition, First2Print’s services make photographic imagery possible and eliminate traditional spot-color and screen-separation restrictions.
For this project, First2Print digitally printed pre-treated fabrics from DigiFab Systems for several of the makeover rooms. For the pop-tab theme room with two color-ways of green and blue, a cotton sheeting was used. It was ideal for the pillow shams, curtains and bedcovers of the room. For another room on a different “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” show, First2Print printed on poly micro fiber which was chosen for its soft peach finish and feel – perfect for a softer more feminine decor. Both projects were printed using a Dupont Artistri printer with pigment inks on the cotton sheeting and disperse inks on the poly micro fiber. All textiles were post-processed with a DigiFab Heat Press, then washed, dried and ironed for delivery to the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” design and production team, which sewed the yardage into final goods.