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.
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.