Printwear

October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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18 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Lon Winters learned screen printing from the bottom up, starting his 20-plus-year career reclaiming screens. He has won nearly 50 international industry awards and honors, published numerous articles, and led several in - dustry seminars and workshops. Currently, he is president of Colorado-based Print This, Inc./GraphicElephants.com, an international consulting firm specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and complete garment-embellishing solutions. Visit www.graphicelephants.com for more information. Contact Winters at lonwinters@aol.com. FROM SOFTWARE TO SUBSTRATE B Y L O N W I N T E R S W e have an outreach branch of our business known as Christian Edge. Under this brand, we try and give back to organizations and keep what is important in perspective. We recently worked with Colorado Family Life Center on a project that touched our hearts. Colorado Family Life Center (CFLC) is a faith-based, nonprofit ministry that reaches out to single moms and dads, couples, teens, and their families with classes designed to help parents in their jour- ney through pregnancy and parenthood. Their Mission Statement reads: Colorado Family Life Center exists to impact families with the love of Jesus. To influence future genera- tions for Christ by empowering lives to re- store families that transform communities. CFLC assists both mothers and fa- thers through pregnancy and parenthood through free classes, supplies, and support. CFLC wants parents to be ready to face life's challenges and come out on top. CFLC is a safe and supportive place and offers more than 250 free classes through a program called "Earn While You Learn." While tak- ing classes, parents earn Mommy Money or Daddy Dollars to purchase supplies in the boutique, such as formula and diapers. Everything in the boutique is provided through in-kind donations from individu- als, churches, and businesses. Visiting and meeting CFLC for the first time, Annette Dotterer, the organization's director, and our contact, is passionate about how they can impact these families. We were happy to help spread their message with some T-shirts. T TIME For the job we teamed up with her on, we were a bit lucky the art came in vector for- mat from the client; this only happens once in a blue moon. The good folks at CFLC were lucky enough to have had a volun- teer build the original imagery in Illustra- tor for them. Once we got a hold of it, the first thing we needed to do was make A Tug on the Heartstrings A job that gives back Colorado Family Life Center (CFLC), a faith-based nonprofit ministry that helps parents with classes on pregnancy and parenthood, teamed up with Print This/GraphicElephants.com for this project. (All images courtesy the author)

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