Shiny-New Mac Lab and Kickin’ Digital Classes


The Gowanus Print Lab is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new Mac lab, stocked with all programs essential for the creative professional and the creative curious!

The new Mac lab is available for use with our Day, Week, and Month studio membership passes. The Mac lab will also be host to a bevy of new digital classes, including Intro to Photoshop, Intro to Illustrator, Building a Website/Online Portfolio, Jailbreak Your iPhone/iPad, Hack Your iPad/iMac and iOS App Design.

Taught by digi-masters Anthony DeFranco, former SVA instructor, and all-things-Apple-obsessed Adam Cipoletti, these classes are sure to boost your digital ablities in three sessions so you’ll be able to express your ideas digitally in a New York minute!

For a full list of Gowanus Print Lab’s digital and studio courses check out our “classes” page on our website.

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Eggheads! An Easter T-Shirt Extravaganza

Saturday, April 16th | 10:00am thru 3:00pm                                                                                 Gowanus Print Lab | 54 Second Ave, Brooklyn

This Saturday The Gowanus Print Lab will host Eggheads!, a no-mess, family-fun Easter craft activity. Kids choose their own Egghead character and watch their Egghead printed live on our hand-pulled production press. After choosing from a wide selection of pre-printed shirts, pants, shoes, and fun accessories to personalize their Egghead, the kiddies cut out the clothing shapes and we heat press the cut-outs on at the end of the activity. You take home your custom Easter tee that day!

Fun for kids, no mess for mom and dad!

WOW! Only $20 (No registration necessary, just stop in!)

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The Greatest Most Awesomest T-Shirt Design Contest Ever!

It just doesn't get more awesomer than this!

Gowanus Print Lab has announced a call for entries in The Greatest Most Awesomest T-Shirt Design Contest Ever, open to students at participating colleges in the New York City area. Students are invited to submit designs in one or all of four categories – Humor, Environmental Awareness, College Pride and Original Illustrations – or students may elect to submit an entry of a garment they produce themselves.  Judges will select finalists in each category, and final judging will take place at an awards party on Sunday, April 10th, where everyone who attends will have a chance to see the designs and vote for their favorite.

The winners in each category will receive a one-month membership to the Lab and 10 hand-printed shirts of their design.  The student who gets the most total votes will receive a $1,000 cash prize, plus a one-month Lab membership and 25 shirts of the winning-est design!

To see the list of participating schools and submission guidelines, click here.  And mark your calendars for the awards party on Sunday, April 10th!

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Hand-Pulled Production

Four-Color Screen Print Press

Screen print multi-color t-shirts quickly and easily on 4-color & 6-color presses

You’ve screen printed a t-shirt.  Congratulations, you have a sample!  But now it’s time to fill those orders and make more than one.  This class will show you how to use our 4- and 6-color presses and produce short runs of t-shirts, posters, or anything else that can be screen printed.  A short and succinct 2-hour class.

Sunday, March 13th / 1:00-3.00 pm

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Build Your Own T-Shirt Company From the Ground Up!

Gowanus Print Lab of Brooklyn, New York has announced the introduction of a new week-long course for anyone who would like to start their own t-shirt screen printing business. Ground Up! Starting Your Own T-Shirt Business will cover all aspects of t-shirt printing, including digital art production, screen printing small runs, and the challenges and rewards of the business.

“This is a course our clients have been asking for,” said Ashley Hildreth, director of Gowanus Print Lab. “There are quite a few screen printing classes offered throughout Brooklyn, but they focus on learning the basics or on mastering advanced printing skills. None of them take the “ground up” approach to screen printing as a rewarding and sustainable business, as well as a form of artistic expression.”

Ground Up! is a modular, 5-session course running Monday through Friday, February 14th through the 18th, and students can take one, some or all of the classes. The itinerary is as follows:

Monday, February 14th
Session I: Artwork Prep & Color Separation 101
7-10pm $120
How to take an image, separate the colors, and prepare it for screen printing.

Tuesday, February 15th
Session II: Screen Printing Basics
6-9pm $120
A class on the fundamentals of t-shirt screen printing: basic techniques and processes, as well as equipment operation.

Wednesday, February 16th
Session III: Hand-Pulled Production
6-8pm $80
Using 4- and 6-color presses for short run t-shirt production.

Thursday, February 17th
Session IV: Talking Tees
6-8 pm $ 80
Roundtable discussion with successful t-shirt printing entrepreneur.

Friday, February 18th – Advanced Screen Printing Techniques
6-9pm $ 200
Speciality inks and other advanced processes that make every t-shirt look like one-of-a-kind. This module also includes 12 hours of studio time so that students can put their knowledge of advanced techniques into practice.

“We’ve brought together a number of classes that cover all the basics of t-shirt printing as a business,” Ashley continued. “Putting them together in this week-long course gives budding entrepreneurs all of the information they need to start their own business by the end of the week.” Students who sign up for all 5 classes also receive a free week of studio membership to practice their new craft and produce merchandise.

Participants can register online or by calling 718-788-3930.  Further info and more detailed course descriptions can be found here.

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Welcome to the Digital Side!

Tuesday, February 2nd – 7-10pm

Have an image but no idea how to prepare it for screen printing? Perhaps it’s a simple, one-color logo, or maybe a finely detailed, multicolored illustration. This course will get you comfortable with color separation and how to set up your files to be output with screen printing in mind.  $120.  Call to register:  718-788-3930.  NOTE: Participants should be familiar with Adobe Photoshop.

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New Design-&-Print Classes in February

Two new classes coming up in February show how screen printing can be used to produce unique home accessories and gift items.  Screen Printing for Needlepoint – Tuesday, February 15th from 11 AM to 2 PM – will show how to create and print custom artwork onto needlepoint canvas for one-of-a-kind, handmade designs.  The Lasting Impressions class uses a standard photograph and memorializes the image by screen printing onto paper or fabric.  This class is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23rd from 11 AM to 2 PM.  Both classes were developed in conjunction with renowned Brooklyn graphic designer Sari Mizrahi.  The fee for each class is $120, plus $40 for materials and preparation of artwork, and participants are encouraged to submit their artwork in advance so that their class time can be focused on screen printing.

Hello Kitty Needlepoint Canvas

Custom Hello Kitty Canvas for Needlepoint

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