Print On Fabric Using Only Sunlight And An iPhone

Print On Fabric Using Only Sunlight And An iPhone
Arts & Culture

Lumi is a project that is taking photography out of the darkroom by using sunlight to make durable prints on sustainable materials.

Alice Chan
  • 6 july 2012

Lumi is a design team pioneering the Lumityping process, 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. Inkodye can bind to any vegetable or animal fiber, such as cotton, wool, silk, suede and wood. Once fixed, the color becomes permanent and can go through repeated machine washes without fading.

The team has also launched an iOS app that helps users create negatives from iPhone pictures. This specialized Lumityper app also gives mobile access to printing instructions and troubleshooting guides. The project is currently selling its Lumi dyes on its online store and recently started a Kickstarter project to develop new ways to lower costs. Watch a video below of Lumi in action.


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