Emerson is a family run communications company with an extensive history in the graphics and printing industries. They continually strive for excellence in developing products, servicing their clients, and assembling a strong team of professionals. www.emersondesign.com
Upon arrival at the Head Office of Emerson Group, I am greeted with warmth and professionalism. After a few introductions, we travel down the hall to the meeting room before having a tour of the facilities.
The breadth of their digital printing business is impressive and fascinating. As we discuss the scope of their work, look through many samples and talk about future endeavours I quickly realize how useful and unique this form of art can be and was amazed at its versatility. There is such a wide variety of applications and range of industries it can service.
Walking through the plant I am greeted by a massive circular fabric hanging piece finished and waiting to be installed at a trade show. As we move through the sewing/finishing department and make our way to the digital presses, Michael and Kara carefully explain the entire project process; from the initial meeting with the client to the end product.
As our conversation unfolds, and as I observe the diversity of their products throughout the facility, the detail of their work is evident. I will now look at digital fabric/signage printing with a new appreciation, perspective and sense of awe.
GETTING TO KNOW KARA AND MICHAEL ………………..
Can I have a custom bolt of fabric printed at your facility? Is there a limit to the amount of yardage?
Yes, we can print a custom design, pattern or images – simply provide us with your files. We can run a small swatch, or even a bolt. Digital is ideal for running a test or for starting a new product line, especially when you’re interested in a short run. You don’t have to commit to minimums like traditional textile printing. You can have the luxury of running the same pattern in several different colour pallets, or on a variety of fabrics.
How can the fabrics be applied for use in the home, fashion or events?
For the home & hotel interiors we produce pillows, drapery, bedding, lamp shades & upholstery on an ongoing basis. Our soft signage and ‘grand format’ offerings are well suited for making a ‘splash’ at events, and for use in theatres, museums, tradeshows, and retail displays. Also, Photographers love to showcase their work on fabric! As for the fashion sector, there are endless possibilities for designers – we run on silks, cottons and nylons, to name a few. Seeing our printed textiles on the runways in Paris, New York and during Fashion Week here in Toronto was incredibly exciting and rewarding.
What inspires your work?
Fresh creative/new ideas come to us every day which inspires and motivates us to continually search for and test new fabrics, finishing techniques & hardware. We partner with our clients in the planning stages, then we strive to meet and surpass their project objectives.
What is your favourite fabric and why?
We have so many favourites! The eco-friendly line that we offer comes to mind first (organic cottons & hemp). Ethically they make sense and they print beautifully!
Can you share some information on a recent unique project?
Ralph Lauren challenged us to print on burlap and the reproduction was surprisingly good! We also produced custom umbrella’s for 8 Holland America ships. When guests would glance down from a higher deck, they would see vibrant images of fireworks.