A couple of folks at Etsy sent me a link to this video about Maryink out of Nashville and i’m so grateful that they did. I’m constantly amazed by the number of people out there creating amazing and inspiring stuff. I love the prints that these guys do and I love how they are pushing the envelope of what screenprinting can be. The designs vary from the wonderfully layered and complex to the blessedly simple and straight forward.
Mary Helt and Chris Sittel of maryink met at a party while visiting their families in Nashville. At the time, Mary was living in New York City working as a photographer’s stylist and Chris was working in Florida at a silk-screen studio. They started visiting one another, having t-shirt parties and coming up with new project ideas.
After a few years of living apart, they finally moved to the Virgin Islands to start their original silk-screen design company, maryink. While Mary is the designer behind maryink, Chris functions as the steady hand behind the printing process. Mary’s designs have a 1970s Scandinavian and folk art influence, and she also incorporates elements of embroidery, weaving and bitossi pottery. The shop is known for its interesting designs, silk screened votive candles, jewelry, tote bags and t-shirts.
Even though living in the Virgin Islands was paradise, running a business proved difficult. Chris and Mary soon packed up and headed back to Nashville, where the low cost of living allowed them to dedicate themselves full-time to maryink.
Just found out about these guys, Umsteigen, from the ScreeningDemons blog (who I wish would update more often).
Umsteigen have a great selection of unique and dressy hoodies, shirts and dresses (for the girls mostly, sorry lads). All the stuff is hand screened and designed by Susanne Schubert, designed and manufactured in New York city.
The weird and always wonderful Imperfect Articles store is having a 72 hour sale to make room for a new line. If I had any advice for these guys it would be to make get some photos of the shirts up and make the images as enticing as the copy. I’d also put this copy on the purchase page for any shirt and don’t hide it under the “about” section:
Merging a clothing brand and site-less gallery, Imperfect Articles takes an experimental approach to curatorial practice with limited-edition, hand-dyed and hand screen-printed t-shirts. Imperfect Articles challenges the relationship between image, audience and “exhibition” space with a new model of distribution that highlights work by emerging and established artists alike, conflating concepts of fine art, design and fashion.
Each shirt is an original, one-of-a-kind, numbered edition; our newest shirts are pressings of 30, 40 or 50 shirts only. Once the shirt is sold that’s it. All our shirts are hand-dyed, 100% cotton American Apparel short sleeve, fine jersey tees.
I love these T-Shirts from The Gretest, a Spanish company that specializes in hand made T-Shirts. From an ecommerce standpoint the site is a little bit different, if you want to order you’ll have to do it from this page.