Heat Transfer Printing

Things you need:

  1. Baking Paper
  2. Iron
  3. Cloth (I used polyester satin)
  4. Heat Transfer Print Inks

After nearly burning my entire cloth cause I got scammed with fake baking paper, I manage to come up with a very getai-ish cloth design. If you have no idea what is getai. Here’s a photo.


Here at the initial stages of my surface design life, I was sooooo intrigued by the fact that we can do crazy designs I want so bent on creating my getai inspired designs. The whole obiang (tacky) but not really design.

So, using heat transfer printing I explored various designs on one single cloth. (Apart from the annoying burnt hole, I think this looks pretty sick)


This was my attempt at being obiang. I explored the filler method, painting and the crayola method, my favourite was the painting method cause it looks so crisp and machine made? So I had this sudden idea. Could I use this method to create an ARTWORK and not just a surface design piece? I wanted to explore something more compositional instead of just a pattern-like piece.


So I came up with this. I really love the crazy colours and textures! Took the opportunity to do it on a coloured polyester satin too!

I am pretty fond of this technique because of how easy it is to create designs but I think it can be a little limiting in terms of making surfaces/forms.

Same goes, I made a pouch for my final sample using this video. This was my third attempt at making pouches for final submission, and I would say at this point I have more understanding of the various techniques of sewing, and some terms like top stitch, right side up and more… I even added a fusing interlace I got from DAISO (BEST THING EVER) that helps to make the soft fabric more structured.



Author: Diane Lim

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