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Editorial Insights: It Takes a Village

Many pairs of helping hands contributed to a successful year.



THIS COLUMN MARKS my 32nd anniversary with ST Media Group and Screen Printing. Among the advantages of doing something for a very long time are the relationships that you foster. In specialty printing and the other industries ST serves, I’ve been fortunate to know many extraordinary individuals, some of them as writers for this magazine. These authors have been an invaluable resource, to me and presumably you as well; whatever I may know about this business, they’ve taught me. A word of appreciation to those who lent us their time and expertise in 2018 is well-deserved.

First up are the frequent contributors, starting with our outstanding columnists, apparel decoration strategist and who has shared his adventures, wit, and keen perspective in Shop Talk for 14 years. Artist extraordinaire added two more excellent pieces (on and ) to his impressive body of work for the magazine. Two former colleagues, and , addressed , , sustainability, and e-commerce. And Mark Coudray offered his wisdom with guidance on how to evaluate possible technology acquisitions and an overview of why understanding the new is critical for everyone reading these words. (More on Mark below. And to access any of this great content you may have missed, visit our searchable archive of digital editions at

Thanks also to three longtime friends whose distinctive contributions in 2018 could have come from no one else, who shared five screen making secrets for industrial printing; Debbie Thorp, who explained whycould change inkjet printing’s future; and Johnny Shell, who looked at why the erosion of print instruction in schools is exacerbating our .

I’d also like to welcome six first-time authors to the Screen Printing community:

I love working with new authors because of the different perspectives they bring to our coverage. Drop me a line if you’d like to join the first-time contributor “class of 2019.”

Finally, congratulations to Mark Coudray, who at the SGIA Expo received the , honoring the best technical article on screen or digital printing. “Optimizing Your Flash Curing,” was published in our August/September 2017 edition, and marks the second consecutive year he has received the award for an article in Screen Printing. Congratulations also to Johnny Shell, Debbie Thorp, and Eileen Fritsch, who received Best in Class awards for their work in Screen Printing.





Let’s Talk About It

Creating a More Diverse and Inclusive Screen Printing Industry

LET’S TALK About It: Part 3 discusses how four screen printers have employed people with disabilities, why you should consider doing the same, the resources that are available, and more. Watch the live webinar, held August 16, moderated by Adrienne Palmer, editor-in-chief, Screen Printing magazine, with panelists Ali Banholzer, Amber Massey, Ryan Moor, and Jed Seifert. The multi-part series is hosted exclusively by ROQ.US and U.N.I.T.E Together. Let’s Talk About It: Part 1 focused on Black, female screen printers and can be watched here; Part 2 focused on the LGBTQ+ community and can be watched here.

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