Hello all! It is officially fall, and we are officially completely exhausted. Seems like 2014 has been a whirlwind, doesn’t it? Thanks for joining us for this update, let’s dive in.
First off, a little bit ago we were part of a photoshoot by Denver’s great Brad Torchia. Brad has photographed some great Denver players, and we were honored to be part of it. Check out the shoot here.
The coolest part about our photoshoot was getting some pics of our new team members.
Justin, Daniel, and Chris (respectively) have just recently joined the ASPS team. Our workflow has been refined over the last six months to accommodate higher quantities and faster turnarounds.
Justin is on catching / job finishing, Daniel on shop coordination / incoming orders, and Chris is our new dryroom attendant / screen manager.
Our dryroom is the newest buildout part of ASPS. We’ve gotten so good at tearing down walls, we figured it was time to build one. The Dryroom is a dehumidified, UV sensitive environment with open screen storage and registration to ensure that as little dust as possible gets on our screens. This means less pinholes, better coating, and faster drying.
We’ve also brought back our other exposure unit to halve burning times. We’re committed to lowering turnaround, but never at the expense of quality. We hope these new changes allow us to be more productive with the time we have.
Speaking of new equipment, We’ve been investing heavily in our laydown quality. With our new winged floodbars and our roller squeegee, we can achieve incredibly consistent, smooth, bright, and light prints; even on triblends!.
Our new Quartz flash allows us to pinpoint exact temperatures to perfect the tack of underlays, and keep our temps consistent and our colors bright.
Not all of our new equipment is for printing though; We’ve been cleaning up how our shop runs. We’ve recently invested in a filtration service for our washout booth, A closed-system squeegee / ink cleanup station, and most importantly, we’ve begun using Safety Kleen to dispose of any ink-soiled items.
As we grow, we want to be mindful of challenging the culture on “production facility” norms, and cleaning up how we dispose of things is step 1.
Now it’s time to get to the fun stuff. Recently we’ve made some big strides with some new experimental processes.
First off, we’ve unlocked the secrets of stochastic halftones. Stochastic halftones are randomized halftone patterns that allow for incredible depth of color / opacity without worry of blurring. We can really do some incredible blending and fully take advantage of less colors, meaning you pay less for better prints. Cool stuff.
We’ve also recently began investing in our ability to print with plasticharge. Plasticharge is essentially discharge with pigment, meaning incredibly soft and incredibly bright prints on dark colors.
Larimer seems to be growing faster than we can take pictures of it. Next door THE USUAL BARBERSHOP opened in what felt like 15 minutes. The smell of a barbershop is more than welcome.
Next door to THE USUAL, is a forthcoming Ice Cream shop; Y’ALL SCREAM. Follow along as they start moving forward!
And our neighborhood is now home to Shauna Lott at THE LONG I PIE and “Stella,” her new Airstream trailer. Head down to Huckleberry Roasters Larimer every Friday morning for Friday Pie Day. $5 gets you a slice of pie & a cup of coffee!
Colder temps are (supposedly) heading our way, so we’ve invested in a display for Outerwear. Feel free to stop in and see what kind of hoodies / crewnecks we have for the upcoming season. Also, on our sidebar (under STYLE TYPE) you can view some of our Outerwear Projects to get some ideas!
Finally, With the new season comes a new ASPS Tee. We’ll be adding them to our online store shortly, but as of right now the only way to get one is to stop in and say hello!
We hope 2014 has been kind to you, and we hope you’re well!