The first that had to be decided was how we were going to get the tattoos onto the fabric. We discussed the possibility of many techniques including embroidery, screen printing, fabric painting and sublimation printing and decided that the best option would be sublimation printing.
“Dye-sublimation printing is a digital printing technology using full color artwork that works with polyester and polymer-coated substrates. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners, as well as novelty items such as cell phone covers, plaques, coffee mugs, and other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. The process uses the science of sublimation, in which heat and pressure are applied to a solid, turning it into a gas through an endothermic reaction without passing through the liquid phase. (Source)
We decided that this would be the best option as the fabric will be able to stretch without affecting the design too much, and the dye will not flake away or fade with time.
To do this, the designs must first be sketched and then transferred to Photoshop for processing and rendering. The next post I make will be about me showing them the basics of Photoshop, that I taught myself in my first project in 2nd year and how to use a graphics pad.