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Behind The Business With Social Sunday's Lead Printer Gemma Iaquinta

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Gemma photographed by Sylvie Eskridge

Behind the Business is a series on the Social Sunday blog where we interview our team members to hear about what their jobs are actually like. Today we catch up with our lead screen printer, Gemma Iaquinta.

Now that you heard from our graphic designer Sylvie Eskridge about how our fun graphics are created, we thought you might like to learn more about how exactly those designs end up on our super-soft tees. The answer is silk screening! Today Gemma Iaquinta breaks down what a day in her life looks like in our print shop, what the biggest challenge she faces in her job is, and why she loves working at Social Sunday. 

What is your role at Social Sunday and how long have you been with the company?
I am the shop manager and lead printer. I’ve been with Social Sunday for about one year.

What are some of the things that you are responsible for at Social Sunday?
I'm responsible for shop maintenance, pulling, printing, and shipping orders, ordering supplies, burning and reclaiming screens, mixing Pantone colors, quality control, and setting shop standards with the other printers so that we're consistent in our work across the board.

Describe a day in the life of your job.
I come in, check the email for new orders that have come in, pull new orders, print orders, pack them, ship them off to our customers and anything else that happens in between all that. 

What is one challenge that you’ve faced in your role?
Getting the best quality print on our fuzzy pullovers. It's not an easy task!

What is your favorite Social Sunday design of all-time?
I love our Girl Gang designs!

Can you share something that would surprise us about your job?
It’s a lot more physical labor than most people think and you have to also be kind of a handy person. I’ve taught myself to tune up the press, fix leaks, fix machines, hook up a power washer and even more.

Anything else you’d like to share about working at Social Sunday?
It reminded me how much I love working with and for women!
Who would you like us to feature next for our Behind the Business series? Let us know in the comments!


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