What IS a Recap: The Process

The Block Printing.

The earliest known examples of block prints come from China over 2,000 years ago. From there, it spread to India. It didn't reach Europe until hundreds of years later. Block printing continued to be commonly used in Asia until the 19th century, when it was replaced by modern developments in print-making. At first, block printing was only used for artwork printed on fabric. Later, it was also applied to paper. Historical block printing used wooden blocks, sometimes known as woodcuts, as a printing plate. A more modern style is using a linoleum plate backed with wood. This is the style Recaps uses. The process begins with hand carving the image of the picture or text one wishes to produce. However, there are two tricky parts to this process:

  1. Because the printing surface will be the raised portion of the block, one would have to carve out the negative space. As such, the entire design is cut into the block as a mirror image. This is particularly tricky with text, since both words and letters will have to be written backwards.
  2. Negative space is the part of the image where there will be no ink, thus showing the color of the fabric it's being printed on. When the block is printed, it result is a reverse image of the block. As such, the entire design is cut into the block as a mirror image. This is particularly tricky with text, since both words and letters will have to be written backwards. Anneka Herdon, designer and owner adds images that inspire her through outdoor adventures. Between the ink color choice and adding bright and unique recycled fabrics, Recaps creates prints with no two ever being the same.

The Mini Brim.

Recaps created the mini brim 4 years ago. The original Recap was a cadet style hat with a shorter style brim made from all old clothing. When we started making trucker hats, Anneka wanted them to be a bit different, she envisioned them standing out among the millions of trucker hats on the market. She found that she could reshape the brim of a classic trucker hat, and create a signature style without moving to far from the classic trucker hat. The reshaping of the brim also lent itself to being embroidered with thread that matched the print fabric. Thus the Mini Brim trucker came to be.