Published 10/12/2022 at 2:39.58 pm
Modified at 2:39.48 PM on 10/12/2022
SOUTH DEERFIELD — While Dead Eye Prints, a company that produces customized T-shirts, posters and patches out of Alex Noonan’s basement, may look modest from the outside, Noonan went through a lot to get here.
Noonan started her company in 2017, making T-shirts out of her apartment’s kitchen in Hadley. Screen printing was something that Noonan first discovered while she was in college at New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Noonan was tired of her job as a technie and wanted to work full-time in her printing business. She quit her job in tech and decided to start her own business, based at her River Road home in South Deerfield.
Part of Noonan’s career change involved saving up to buy an expensive piece of equipment called a direct-to-garment printer, or DTG.
“Buying this meant I could never turn down an order,” Noonan said, elaborating that her DTG can print infinite colors and on a variety of products including hats and shoes.
Noonan said she loves screen printing but it takes a lot time and can be error-prone.
“Screen printing is time-consuming and frustrating,” she said.
Also, Noonan worked in New England for several printing companies before she opened Dead Eye Prints. Most of these were run by men. She felt frustrated by working under male bosses and was inspired to start her own company. She hopes to one day run a shop with employees where she may cultivate a less stressful work environment than the ones she’s experienced, and where she can offer classes to share her skills with others.
Western Massachusetts residents have embraced her “leap of faith,” Noonan said.
“There is excitement and appreciation to have a local artist doing this work,” she said. “When you order from large companies, you have no clue what the quality will be.”
She stated that her equipment was of exceptional quality and that each product she produces is meticulously made.
“I’m an artist,” she said. “I want stuff to look good.”
Noonan stated that her work is unique because anyone can approach her with ideas and she will work collaboratively with customers to create designs for T-shirts. There are no minimum order requirements, unlike other printing companies.
For more information, visit deadeyeprints.com.
Bella Levavi can be reached at 413-930-4579 or [email protected].