Did you know?

Polynesian Island natives would cut designs into banana leaves and force dye or ink through the leaf openings. They printed on bark cloth or what they called "tapa." They thought of this process by watching insects eat holes through leaves and seeing the rain run through the hole.


Island City Challenge

Shirt designed and printed for the
2008 Island City Figure Skating Challenge


 

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A Brief History of Design Solutions Screen Printing, Embroidery and Sign

Owner Todd got his first job in the sreen print industry in 1983 as a printer where for 7 years he became familiar with handling all aspects of the department.

In 1990 and 1992 Todd and Amy joined the team at Holoubek Studios in Waukesha, WI where they learned to handle artwork for t-shirts both manually and with the use of a computer working alongside screen print history giants like David Gardner, Vern Holoubek (and Missy and Heather and Soph and Maleag and Tim and Kocher!) and for clients like Harley Davidson, Pierce, Budweiser, Disney and Summerfest.

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Todd at Holubek Studiods in 1989.

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Amy (up) in 1993 and 'Kocher' (down) same year.

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In 1994 they both took other jobs, Todd as an art director for Demco down in Chicago, and Amy as a designer for a music and book publisher up in Minocqua.


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Amy's illustrated work: Coyote Concert

In 1995 Todd and Amy got back together in Northern Wisconsin where they started up a freelance business called Design Solutions. But in 2003 decided to switch back to what he knew best and
Design Solutions Screen Printing and Embroidery
opened it's doors in February of 2003.