Where We Were

Above all the noise of hilarious debate in the screen printing world, it is widely agreed that the earliest practices were introduced in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD), where hair was stretched across a wooden frame. Soon after, early forms of screen printing began to take off in other Asian countries like Japan. As printing gained popularity, old methods were improved while new innovative screen printing methods were eventually developed.

The name was derived from silkscreen, as early screens were made from silk, nylon, polyester, and even metal. It was patented by Englishman Samuel Simon in 1907, primarily as a way to create wallpaper.

In the 1930s, a group of artists coined the term “serigraphy” to define the process, taking from the Latin “sericum” for silk and Greek “graphien” for drawing or writing. They would later be known as the National Serigraphic Society. Their work has been popularized by artists like Andy Warhol, particularly for his 1962 depiction of Marilyn Monroe. He was quoted as saying, “It was all so simple, quick, and chancy. I was thrilled with it.”

According to the Printers’ National Environmental Assistance Center — no doubt a credible name in the screen printing world — the advent of screen printing in its initial innovative phase is “arguably the most versatile of all printing processes.

Due to the accessibility and relative affordability of screen printing, nearly everyone could do it. This is clearly evidenced in the non-professional (but still remarkably impressive) print work as seen in old-school movie posters, record album covers, flyers, t-shirts, antiquated advertisements, various artwork, and other mediums.

Where We Are

Since the days of Warhol, screen printing has adapted to the digital age. Today, there are three main components; your design, the screen, and the ink. Our creative department is here to help you finalize your design, which we then make into a stencil by burning each element into a different screen with our M&R equipment. Our technicians will then transfer the ink over each screen, squeegeeing your design onto your desired material.

We repeat the process, drying between layers before curing and testing your product.

Though there are technically limits on what we’re able to produce, we’d like to think that the sky’s the limit. It’s not unheard of for screen printing techniques to apply complex prints onto odd materials including but not limited to caviar beads, foil, mirrored silk, expanding ink (also known as puff), suede ink, and various metallic surfaces.

The beauty of our screen printing company in Reston is that we’re currently enjoying a time period of rapid technological innovation. We’re keen to take advantage of the latest and greatest screen printing processes, materials, technology, and best practices to better serve our customers and clients (that’s you!). Screen printing is truly versatile and, as a result, we’ve been able to print and produce thousands upon thousands of clothing items and promotional products for countless companies in many different industries.

No idea is too ridiculous or far-fetched for Studio One Screen Printing & Embroidery to hear out.

Where We’re Going

Studio One will continue to grow with the industry, updating our methods and practices, experimenting and iterating in our labs, and with any future client with an idea they’d like to bring to life.

It’s hard to say what the future brings, but we’re confident that it’s pretty dang bright for the custom screen printing industry. Our machinery and knowledge will continue to improve over time regardless if we’re dabbling with embroidery, promotional product printing, or tried-and-true screen printing. Why? That’s because what we do is our number one passion, and we wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.

Despite how well-established screen printing is as a general printing method, there’s still room for improvement. Inks can be better made, printing mediums aren’t always perfect, and there’s plenty of opportunity for more integration between screen printing and digital printing.

Do you have any ideas of your own? The Mullikin brothers would be absolutely thrilled to hear you out. Truly, anything to improve and innovate our screen printing business to better serve our client/customer base in Reston, Ashton, Tyson’s Corner, and beyond the greater DMV area is valuable information.

Our goal is to go out of our way and create something truly new, innovative, and disruptive in the screen printing industry. At the same time, providing absolutely stellar and attentive customer service to you — the whole reason why we’re doing any of this — is our top priority. With you, we’d have no one to print for and no one to share our art with.

So, let’s make something truly unforgettable. Get started by getting in touch with us!


Every screen printing and embroidery project is client-specific. No matter the size of your company or your order, we’re here to meet your custom needs. Here are a few clients with whom we’re proud to have worked.