Where Calgary - - ART GALLERIES + MUSEUMS - —Bre­anna Mroczek

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).

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