No – actually Phill – we’re not!
Since posting this both Clare and I have decided it would be too big a jump and besides I really want something digital just to experiment with first of all…so now we are looking seriously at the Roland PC600 machine which I think would be better for this.
I love cut vinyl, its’ tactile qualities, depth of colour, design discipline, construction and a lot more too! but I am a real lover of technology too and am intrigued by the further possibilities offered by digital – or at least combining the two to greater effect.
To me, digital isn’t just about printing pictures but about simply getting more from every single square metre of vinyl – not to mention creating traditional and contemporary designs more easily. I particularly like the clarity and character definition you get with cut-vinyl and I’m sure a digital machine could help reduce both the time and cost in re-creating such designs straight to a single skin of vinyl. Everytime I go to a sign show I despair at all the bright green tree-frogs, fast cars and bottles of pop churned out in ever greater numbers by ever larger machines and keep thinking to myself ‘you’re missing the point’!
Anyway, for now, I’d like to look at getting something at a ‘reasonable’ price to have a play with over the coming months…