Strike-offs. What are they? And what do designers do with them?
You may have heard the term "strike-offs" before from people in the fabric industry. Have you ever wondered what they are and what the heck we do with them? My next line "strike-offs" arrived today. These are basically just samples of your designs. They are printed on a very short run just so you can take a look and make final approvals.
So, what does the process of "correcting" samples look like? I imagine every designer looks for different things, but this is what I do... First I go through all of the colors I chose and make sure they are correct. I use Pantone colors. Some designers and companies just ask designers to send a paint chip or other sort of sample for the fabric mill to match to. But Pantone is the universal color language that designers in all areas use, so I find that this is the most accurate way to get the colors I want. I also look to make sure the screens were straight and no details were lost. Strike-offs also give me a last minute chance to see if colors and scale work the way I thought they would on the screen and on paper.
All in all, it's a tedious but exciting process. And it's always such a joy to see art that I created on an actual piece of fabric or product.
Feel free to ask any questions if I left anything out... I'd be happy to answer in the comments below.
Now, I think I shall go cut these babies up!
PS... These will be in the hands of sales people next month and I will update you on the name of the line and show more samples at that time! I hope you enjoyed this little preview!