Creative by Design: Fab Lab Opens Doors to Local Residents
MARTINSVILLE – Though just a fledgling band, Veg Out is taking their music a step further with their own custom T-shirt.
That’s pretty impressive for a band of stuffed animals – snakes, to be exact, which belong to 10-year-old Kyle Trent.
It was Kyle’s mother, Tammy Trent, who made the T-shirt. Working alongside his mother, Kyle made a shirt with a dragon design. His 15-year-old sister, Lauren Trent, gave her T-shirt the character Mercy from the videogame Overwatch.
The three were part of a Fab Lab Family Day Customized T-shirt workshop Saturday at the Thomas P. Dalton IDEA Center. Christopher Wagoner, the Fab Lab technician, led the workshop.
During Saturday’s session, people had the choice between two ways of applying a design to a T-shirt. With heat-press vinyl, the vinyl cutter cuts the design out of a film of vinyl, and the design is transferred to the shirt in a heat press. With stencil screenprinting, a stencil is cut out from an adhesive sheet of vinyl and temporarily stuck onto the T-shirt. The design area is painted in using fabric paint, and the stencil is removed after the fabric paint has dried.