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Impressions Awards 2013 Winners Revealed

September 28, 2013

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The overall Grand Champion entry for the 2013 Impressions Awards was "Soldier," submitted by Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif. The entry also was named the Grand Champion of Embroidery.

The results for the 2013 Impressions Awards are in! For months, decorators of all sizes and experience levels submitted their entries for the 35th annual Impressions Awards, the industry’s most prestigious apparel decorating contest.

The 2013 competition was judged at the Fort Worth Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS), which was held Sept. 26-28 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Impressions staff would like to thank the following judges who once again evaluated this year's entries: Dane Clement, Great Dane Graphics; James Ortolani, Stahls' DFC; Charlie Taublieb, Taublieb Consulting; Richard Bloedow, GS USA; Deborah Jones, MyEmbroideryMentor.com; Jimmy Lamb, Sawgrass Technologies; Lee Caroselli-Barnes, Balboa Threadworks Inc.; and Jeff Proctor, Lancer Group Intl.

The winners are as follows:

The overall Grand Champion Award was given to "Soldier," which was submitted by Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif. That entry also was awarded the distinction of Grand Champion of Embroidery. The Grand Champion of Screen Printing was awarded to "Taylor/Stripe T," submitted by Anderson Studio Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Results for individual categories are listed below.

Multicolor Screen Printing on Light or Dark Garments
1st place: “Beer Promo,” US Recognition, Lakewood, Colo.

2nd place: “Kaleidoscope,” Dynamic Designs Inc., Killeen, Texas

3rd place: “Guardian,” Dynamic Designs Inc., Killeen, Texas

True Process Color Screen Printing
Honorable Mention:
"Cornwell Tools," Target Decorated Apparel, Naperville, Ill.

Honorable Mention: "President Mahama," Robby Kloding, West Africa

Simulated Process Color Screen Printing
1st place: “Taylor/Stripe T," Anderson Studio Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

2nd place: “Bushfire Elephant Fairtrade & Organic T-shirt," Lynka, Krakow, Poland

3rd place: “Keith Urban Fuse Album,” Anderson Studio Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Special Effects Textile Screen Printing
1st place:
“Berlin Reichstag Dome,” Lynka, Krakow, Poland

2nd place: “Walking Dead," Target Decorated Apparel, Naperville, Ill.

3rd place: “Teatime,” Robby Kloding, West Africa

Manual Textile Screen Printing
1st place:
“Hardin County Spring Break,” D. Long & Co., Savannah, Tenn.

2nd place: “Anthony Meeks Benefit,” D. Long & Co., Savannah, Tenn.

3rd place: “Hunting for a Cure,” D. Long & Co., Savannah, Tenn.

Most Creative Use of Screen Printed Logo/Mascot
Honorable Mention:
“Rainbow Thumbprint,” Robby Kloding, West Africa

Honorable Mention: “Tackle Cancer,” Rambow, New London, Minn.

Outstanding Design: A Screen Print Artist’s Award
1st place:
“Elephant Comes Alive!,” Lynka, Krakow, Poland

2nd place: “Beer Promo," US Recognition, Lakewood, Colo.

3rd place: “I'm Your Daddy/Strokers,” Anderson Studio Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Multimedia
1st place:
“I'm 5,” Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif.

2nd place: “I Have a Dream,” Robby Kloding, West Africa

3rd place: “American,” Target Decorated Apparel, Naperville, Ill.

Digitizing Artistry
1st place:
“Soldier," Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif.

2nd place: “Grinch,” The Clothing Store, Normal, Ill.

3rd place: “Famous,” Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif.

Most Creative Use of an Embroidered Logo/Mascot
1st place (tie):
“Scuba,” Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif.

1st place (tie): “Hot Tails,” Quality Punch, Torrance, Calif.

3rd place: “Alpha Sphinxman,” S4G.com, Atlanta

Embroidered Stock Designs
1st place:
“Tiger Jacket,” Swan Threads, Houston

2nd place: “Moon Dragon,” The Clothing Store, Norman, Ill.

3rd place: “Ramsey Crest,” The Clothing Store, Norman, Ill.

Direct-to-Garment Digital Apparel Decoration
1st place:
“Hero Friend,” Breakthrough Clothing, Toms River, N.J.

2nd place: “My Sailor,” Breakthrough Clothing, Toms River, N.J.

3rd place: “Light of the World,” Breakthrough Clothing, Toms River, N.J.

Sublimation on Finished Apparel
1st place:
“Army," Savi Customs, San Diego

2nd place: "POW MIA," Dynamic Designs Inc., Killeen, Texas

3rd place: "Charleston," Vapor Apparel, N. Charleston, S.C.

Most Creative Use of Heat-Applied Graphics (Digital Transfers, Cut-and-Sew or Print/Cut Materials)
1st place:
“Stupid Fast,” Savi Customs, San Diego

2nd place: “VA CAS,” Vapor Apparel, N. Charleston, S.C.

3rd place: “Platinum Motorsports,” Savi Customs, San Diego

People’s Choice Award (Voted best by ISS show attendees)
“Walking Dead," Target Decorated Apparel, Naperville, Ill.

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