Experiment – Digital textiles …the results of the weather are in

Whilst studying the digital textiles section I was also thinking off on a tangent about textiles for outside use….many because where I live we have a flag festival for the summer months where houses display flags relating to some local charity, history or simply personal to their property but also thinking on about the possible use of textiles  outside.

I used some off cuts of digitally printed samples and secured them to an outside bit of trellis to determine how robust the fabrics were but mainly to check for colours fastness. The location was in full sunlight all summer just as a textile flag would be. It is now October for the samples have been there for about 4 months.

Samples have been tried to trellis for several week to determine how light fast they were

Samples have been tried to trellis for several week to determine how light fast they were

The results are disappointing really as the colours have faded considerably in what is really only a short amount of time. These fabrics are specific for “banners” so I had hoped they would be better.

I think if I was to consider this further for outside textiles I might need to consider some kind of protective UV filter finishing on it….if such thing exists.

The strip shows the fade in colour - the fabric was a perforated polyester suitable for outside banners

The strip shows the fade in colour – the fabric was a perforated polyester suitable for outside banners

The fabrics was a silk satin type lightweight fabric. Slighty harder to see the fade as the top line has stitching to enhance it but the fade can be seen all the same.

The fabrics was a silk satin type lightweight fabric. Slightly harder to see the fade as the top line has stitching to enhance it but the fade can be seen all the same.

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One Response to Experiment – Digital textiles …the results of the weather are in

  1. Ann Faulkner says:

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    Regards
    Ann

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