This is a Kickstarter project that will soon be put into practice. The original goal for this project was $50,000, currently they have reached $75,314 already with 17 days left to go.
Read more about this unique product and project below:
The Lumi Process
The Lumi Process is a revolutionary photographic print process for textiles and natural materials. The process is based on Inkodye, mixable, dilutable, water-based dyes, which develop their color in sunlight. Currently available in three colors: red, orange and blue.
Inkodye can bind to any vegetal or animal fiber, such as cotton, linen, wool, silk, suede and wood. Once fixed, the color becomes permanent and can go through repeated machine washes without fading.
Inkodye’s light-sensitive properties open new possibilities for artistic and commercial uses:
• True photographic prints that show a range of tonality rather than half-tone patterns. Turn your smartphone pictures into beautiful designs.
• Permanent. Your prints will be soft and machine-washable. The dye actually becomes part of the fiber.
• Works on any natural fiber. Great on 100% cotton tees and delicate materials like silk, suede and wool which are not capable of going through pH or heat-setting stages.
• Prints over rough materials such as burlap, jute and sewn garments, into recesses that typical screen-printing could not reach.
• Uses the sun! No need for electricity or high-end equipment.
The starter kit includes 4 ounces of each color (118ml), instructions, a vignette-shaped stencil and a negative that you can cut out and start experimenting with.
This kit will allow you to print between 12 sq ft. and 48 sq ft. (1.1 m2 to 4.4 m2) depending on how absorbent your material is, and whether or not you dilute the dye.
What’s the app for?
Lumityper is a simple utility that helps you create negatives from your smartphone pictures. It also gives you mobile access to printing instructions and troubleshooting guides.
Once you’ve turned your image into a negative, you can save it or email it to yourself. The file can then be printed directly on a copier such as the ones found at Kinkos/FedEx.
The app was designed for iPhone, and will be available soon after the campaign ends. Soon the developers will start work on Android version too.
Negatives can also be made on your computer, using Photoshop, or even web apps such as Pixlr.com.