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Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

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16 || P RI N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 01 8 Lon Winters learned screen printing fro m the botto m up, starting his 20-plus-year career reclai ming screens. He has won nearly 50 international industry awards and honors, published nu merous articles, and led several in- dustry se minars and workshops. Currently, he is president of Colorado-based Print This, Inc./GraphicElephants.co m, an international consulting r m specializing in technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis, and co mplete gar ment-e mbellishing solutions. Visit www.graphicelephants.co m for more infor mation. Contact Winters at lonwinters @aol.co m. F R O M S O F T W A R E T O S U B S T R AT E B Y L O N WI N T E R S E very warrior has a next mission. We kno w that the transi- tion to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, fa m- ily me mber, and caregiver, that journey looks different. The Wounded Warriors Project ( W WP) helps provide the rst step, and each step that follo ws because they believe that every warrior should have a positive future. Veterans and service me mbers who incurred an injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after Septe mber 11, 2001, are the nonpro ts' focus and mission. There are more than 52,000 service men and wo men injured in recent military con icts. An esti- mated 500,000 are living with invisible wounds fro m depression to post-trau matic stress disorder, while its said 320,000 are experienc- ing debilitating brain trau ma. Wounded Warrior Project has television spots featuring a ward- winning country music singer and longti me W WP supporter Trace Adkins. The country star has volunteered his ti me to help spread a message of charity and altruis m to potential donors of W WP. Its mission is to honor and e mpo wer Wounded Warriors by providing the m with life-saving progra ms and services free of charge. Adkins considers it one of life's great honors to volunteer for those who have served and sacri ced for this great country. His un wavering and passionate support for the cause has provided a voice for W WP. Adkins was one of the earliest celebrity supporters and for years has volunteered his ti me earning the Stephen Talk- house A ward for Co m munity Service in 2010. Ho w cool is that? Darn near brings a fe w tears to our eyes. You can bet that when we were asked to be involved with a project like this one we ju mped at the chance. S T RI N G P RI N TI N G In the August issue of Print wear, we wrote about a piece we put together for a ho me- to wn festival kno wn as Parker Days. That was just one of three designs we did for the event. So this ti me, we decided to tell the more interesting story. This year's attendees were treated to a headlining music concert with Adkins, who also personally signed an acoustic guitar to auction off live with proceeds going to W WP. For the shirt design, we decided to go with a guitar. We were a bit constrained due to budget and li mited colors, but so me- ti mes less is more. Our layout stayed si mple so we could put focus on the guitar. Due to the physical length of a guitar, it was a little challenging to get full proportions. We wanted a focus on the wood grain to match the guitar that would be sold, but, as you kno w, wood can be very detailed and have hundreds of variations in the grains. The trick was creating an illusion. Our si mple approach was to manipulate our photo and Thank You for Your Service! This guitar shirt was designed to help support a charity concert for the Wounded Warrior Project. ( All i mages courtesy the author)

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