After studying illustration and graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2008, Heather Reinhardt wanted to make some shirts with her own designs on them and took a course on silk-screening. “Once I tried it, I immediately fell in love with how my simple drawings really came to life in colourful inks printed on colourful fabrics,” Reinhardt says. Making a few shirts for herself turned into making shirts for friends, family, and local art markets. As demand grew, she decided to turn her hobby into a full-time business and her brand Mumble Tease was born.
“It's always been about the art for me,” Reinhardt says. “I feel like I'm still just making myself cool t-shirts with my own silly doodles on them, but now with the bonus of being able to share them with other silly people, and to make a living doing what I love.” Reinhardt’s perfected her silk-screening skills in a way that creates a unique, high-quality product. “I liked using cut stencils to get my images on the screens rather than using the much more common method, which uses a light-sensitive chemical that hardens on the screen when exposed to light,” says Reinhardt. “Using cut stencils gives my shirts a unique aesthetic, and also, along with the use of water-based, non-toxic inks, keeps my studio chemical free! Many companies selling silk-screened tees only do one-colour prints because the additional colours add time and complexity, but I have always thought that the more colourful results are so worth the extra time and effort!”
Reinhardt’s whimsical, unique, and silly designs (featuring lots of animals and funny text) are silk-screened onto colourful t-shirts, sweaters, and baby onesies — the "sad sevenarmed octopus" is her oldest and most popular print.
Find Mumble Tease products year-round online at mumble-tease.myshopify.com, limited-edition products at Calgary Public Library Store (librarystore.ca), at Curated market (March 17 - 18, page 41), and at Make It Show (April 7 - 9, page 41).