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carving sample blog
At Ciara Elend, we use hand-carved linoleum blocks to print our shirts. Here’s a brief explanation of block printing.

In block printing, the printer carves the design to be printed into a solid block, much like a stamp. The block can be applied to paper or textiles. Block printing is an ancient printing technique, and numerous examples of historical block prints can be found in the historical records of Europe and Asia.

The origins of the block print can be found in the round cylinder seals used by the Mesopotamians. Many famous artists, such as Hiroshige, worked in the block print medium. Block prints were also used to produce books and other printed material. Printers quickly learned how to create multi-colored block prints, using blocks with different designs on them which could be used to overlay color.

A complex block for printing could take weeks to carve to perfection. Carvers needed to have an excellent design sense, as the block prints in reverse, meaning that the image needs to be carved in reserve so that it will print the right way. A well-made block print is a stunning work of art, representing hours of labor and a superb visual sense.

Several techniques can be used to create a block print. First, the block is inked with the assistance of a roller. The carved areas will show up as white in the final product, while the raised portions left behind will print. The block can be used to stamp paper, the printer can place paper on the block and rub it, or the block can be mounted in a printing press. Each technique will produce a block print of a slightly different style, and if the block is well cared for, it can be used again and again.

If you want to learn more, check out our How to Block Print booklet.

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1013spotblogSpot is an original drawing that I did at Parsons for a set of candy bars I designed. The cute kitty tshirt also has an image that I drew. Below is a photo of the Milk Chocolate Spot bar.

Milk candy bar3 candy bars

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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1012ourbeerblogI have several books on vintage matchbook images. I love perusing through them. I’ll spend hours inspecting the images while I sketch out how I can use them. What I love most about girly matchbooks is that they prove a naked women makes anything look good.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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1011nycblog

When I drew the vintage volkswagen beetle and surf board for theĀ  California shirt, I knew I had to draw something to represent NYC. I was inspired by a simple drawing of a city from a dover images book. I really loved how the lines that represent the windows are pretty striking. And I love how the blue lines in the sky add depth to the drawing. I made those lines by carving the negative space at 45% angles.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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1010ninjablog

I have always dreamed about having Ninja Powers ever since I saw the Kill Bill movies. What I love about these images is that I think they look like me but as a bad ass ninja.

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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1009loversblog2I don’t think there is anything wrong with free love and swinging if it works for you and your partner. I’ve always wanted to do a shirt about free love but I wasn’t inspired until I saw this poster for the 1969 movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.

bobandcarol

This Tshirt is no longer available. Ciara ran her clothing company brands Ciara Couture and Queensbound from January 2007 to December 2010. She has ceased all clothing brand operations as of January 1, 2011.

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