Dynamic Designs owner helps customers turn their artistic ideas into a screen-printed masterpiece. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Women In Business 2014

Dawn Durrett helps customers design their own

By From page WIB18 | January 31, 2014

Dawn Durrett, owner of Dynamic Designs Screen Printing in Diamond Springs, has a big heart for young people.

“I remember when my son was growing up. It cost quite a bit to participate in sports and other activities,” she said. “I do what I can to help.”

As the owner of a screen printing business, she creates shirts on site and gives a percentage to a team or organization for their fundraising event. She supplies screen printing for schools, 4-H clubs, and parks and recreation departments.

Her motto is: “No minimum. No maximum. Quick turnaround.”

Last year, Durrett took a deep breath and invested in a state-of-the-art Brothers GT3 printing machine that prints directly on a garment. The machine can print designs on dark colors in addition to white.

One of her proudest jobs was when she was asked to assist in a local effort to help the families of the 19 Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew who died in a massive forest fire in Prescott, Ariz., on June 30, 2013. “We printed 760 shirts in record time, and did it basically at cost,” she said.

She can also do “one-offs.” They are popular for family reunion photos, baby-and-now photos and kid photos for grandparents. She serves both wholesale and retail markets and also prints logos and designs for construction companies and team uniforms.

Durrett enjoys helping people put their designs on fabric. “It’s exciting to see them do their own thing,” she said. “I was a sports mom. I work a lot with team moms.” She also provides custom screen printing for a wildlife photographer. Online businesses have also begun ordering from her.

People love her tiny shirts — about the size of a baby “onesie.” Customers order them for little dogs or teddy bears, she said. Durrett also provides full color banners, numbers on the back of jerseys and embroidery.

Durrett, then Dawn Fordyce, grew up on the border of El Dorado and Amador counties. She attended Charles Brown Elementary and Herbert Green Middle schools, then went to Amador High School in Sutter Creek.

Durrett opened her business with her child-hood best friend in 2008. “It was exciting and kind of scary because of the economy,” she said.

But she has a knack for business and built from the ground up. Originally Dynamic Designs was located on Mother Lode Drive near the “Y.” Two years ago she moved to Diamond Springs. “It’s a happening little town. I have great customers. I love dealing with the schools,” she said.

Her son, Brandon, 26, helps with the work and four-legged store companion is Red Australian Shepherd Luci Lu.

Dynamic Designs Screen Printing is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located at 484 Main St., No. 10, in Diamond Springs. The telephone number is 530-622-4354.

Roberta Long

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