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I don’t find out about you, however I’ve typically questioned how Marimekko creates their vibrant materials. Since 1951, they’ve been making extremely-recognizable and nostalgia-inducing patterns, that are printed on the Marimekko-home in Helsinki, Finland, the guts and soul of the corporate. Along with the textile printing manufacturing unit, the Marimekko-home additionally accommodates the headquarters with showrooms and two shops beneath the identical roof.
Let’s see how a print is made:
At Marimekko, designers are free to create and inject their very own experiences and views of on a regular basis life and inspiration into patterns. Every designer has their very own technique of translating their concepts and visions into sketches. Many paint or draw by hand, some work with a pc, whereas others use pictures, paper cuts or dried crops.
Marimekko’s in-home paintings studio transforms the designer’s unique sketch and imaginative and prescient right into a repeat sample on the similar time, the sample’s quantity of colours can also be decided. There might be at most 12 totally different colours.
Along with the gathering coordinator, the designer searches out the best colours and their mixture for the sample. After that, Marimekko’s in-home shade kitchen prepares the fitting tones in keeping with the designer’s want.
The printing screens are made based mostly on the paintings studio’s colour separation within the Marimekko manufacturing unit’s personal display workshop. The ultimate variety of screens is determined by the sample’s complexity.
All new patterns and new colorways of archive patterns are first printed on the pattern printing desk. Along with the designer, the primary pattern of the sample can be authorised or disapproved.
Marimekko makes use of two printing machines with two totally different methods: rotary and flat display printing. Each tables match most of 12 screens. In 2011, Marimekko printed 1.5 million meters of cloth, and with the assistance of the brand new rotary printing machine – that was launched final yr – Marimekko has tripled its textile printing manufacturing unit’s output capability.
Colours of the sample are fastened to the fiber with steam or heated air. As soon as the colours are fixed, the materials are washed off the auxiliaries and unfixed dye at ninety five°C (203°F). At residence, you possibly can wash the material at 60°C (one hundred forty°F).
Marimekko printed materials are inspected by human eyes. The identify of the designer, the yr it was created, and the identify of the design are all the time printed on the suitable aspect of the Marimekko material.
As soon as the materials are inspected, they are going to be despatched out to the Marimekko shops around the globe or become attire, luggage, cushions, tablecloths and different fantastic Marimekko merchandise.
Photographs by Tuukka Koski, Toni Rosvall and Marimekko.
This submit was created in collaboration with Marimekko.