Inducted into the Academy in 1995
Scott Fresener has been in the screen printing industry since 1970 when he and his wife, Pat, started printing out of their garage. They grew their $500 “mom & pop” business to a large factory with over 30 employees and automatic equipment. They sold the business in 1978 and wrote what was to become the industry standard How To Print T-Shirts For Fun and Profit! This book has sold over 130,000 copies since then and has become the “bible” of the industry. In 1979 they founded the U.S. Screen Printing Institute and have taught over 11,000 students the business of screen printing on garments. In 1985 they wrote The Encyclopedia of Garment Printing. The 1,000 page manual is used by most printers as their day-to-day operating guide and employee training book. The Encyclopedia is presently being updated.
A 1989 Impressions Magazine reader’s poll voted the Freseners “the most influential couple of the last ten years” and the Institute and books were voted the “best technical material and training in the industry” by the Impressions Magazine Quest for the Best competition. In 1989 and 1992, Scott and the Institute received the coveted Magnus Award from the Screen Printing Association International (now called the Screenprinting and Graphic Imaging Association) for outstanding contributions to the industry.
Scott has written over 250 articles for industry trade magazines and has been a feature speaker and lecturer at industry trade shows around the world since 1979. He is presently writing technical articles on screen printing and computer graphics for Impressions Magazine (USA), Images Magazine (UK), SGIA Journal (USA), Silkscreen Magazine (Dutch), EuroStitch Magazine (Europe), Image Magazine (Australia), Screen Print India (India), Screenprinting Russia , ScreenMarknadan Magazine (Denmark) and Marquage Textile (France). Scott has taught dozens of hands-on workshops at the Screenprinting Technical Foundation in Fairfax, VA. In 1995, Scott was made a member of the prestigious SGIA Academy of Screen Printing Technology, of which he is the Chairman for the years 2002 – 2004. He has also served as the Chairman of the SGIA Textile Committee and is on the Board of Directors of SGIA for the years 2004 – 2007.
Scott has been an industry expert judge for dozens of garment decorating competitions including the Terrific T-Shirt Contest sponsored by Screen Play Magazine , The Impressions Awards sponsored by Impressions Magazine , and the prestigious Golden Image Awards sponsored by the Screen Printing and Graphic Imaging Association. In 1993 he was invited to be the “Textile Judge” for the first annual Asia-Pacific Screen Printing competition and trade show in Singapore.
Scott has also produced dozens of video and DVD training courses on screen printing and computer graphics including T-Shirt Graphics with Adobe Photoshop, T-Shirt Graphics with Corel Draw and Advanced Dark Shirt Printing Made Easy and Index Separations for T-Shirt Printers . As a member of both the Adobe Developers Network and the exclusive Photoshop 6.0 beta test team, Scott developed industry specific color separation software called FastFilms . FastFilms is being used by over 3,000 screen printers in 75 countries including people who print for Disney, Harley, World Wrestling, Warner Brothers and others.
He has also developed a software solution called FastRIP that allows high quality film positives to be printed on an inexpensive inkjet printer, and a shop management program called FastManager.
In 1996, Scott wrote a book titled The T-Shirt Book for a large national publisher. The T-Shirt Book recounts the history and evolution of the T-shirt and is filled with hundreds of photos of a wide variety of shirts. This book is in many major bookstores worldwide. In 2000, Scott was quoted extensively in a Wall Street Journal cover page story about the T-Shirt industry and in early 2001 was featured in the documentary film The History of the T-Shirt.
Scott and his son, Michael, built and maintain the industry’s popular ScreenPrinters.net internet web site which boasts over 2,500,000 visits since going on-line in 1995.
In 1996, Scott was awarded the Screenprinting and Graphics Imaging Association’s prestigious Parmele Award, which is the highest honor you can receive in this industry. This award is presented to only one recipient per year for outstanding lifetime contributions to the industry. In 2002, Scott was featured by Impressions Magazine as one of the Top 25 Leading Industry Innovators.
On a personal note, Scott and his wife Pat are the proud owners of three Labrador Retrievers (they had eight at one time). For a number of years they actively showed their dogs in both obedience and breed. Scott is the past president of the Scottsdale Dog Fanciers Association. In fact, there are generally Labs running around the U.S. Screen office!