Digital Printing and the Future of Textiles

Thursday 23 June / 6-8pm

With FabPad

The digital textile printing market is valued at over £5 billion globally and is set to experience strong growth in the next three years. Join experts from the University of East London for an explanation of how print technology is redefining garment, home décor and industrial textiles worldwide.

UEL launched Fabpad in 2002 with one fabric printer, steamer and washing machine to supply the needs of students and the local community for digital fabric printing. Today FabPad customers range from large online stores and high street companies to designer makers. With a team that has twenty years of digital fabric printing experience between them, the business has four reactive dye printers, two steamers, three washing machines, one large format dye sublimation paper printer, a large rotary heat press and one flat bed heat press.

FabPad’s manager Nerys Mathias outlines the history of the industry, how digital printing is being used today as well as how it looks set to develop in future. She will also answer any questions on how to make digital printing work for you, from methods of printing, suitability of fabric, colour matching, file preparation.

FabPad is the University of East London’s (UEL) leading digital fabric and paper print bureau. The bureau offers a professional high-quality print service to students, independent designers, fashion and textile studios, photographers and artists. The fast sampling service uses reactive dyes and natural fibre fabrics such as silks and cottons and sublimation printing, meaning it can print onto polyesters.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the exhibition MISSONI ART COLOUR; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price £15 / £12 students includes a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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The Panel:
Dr Nerys Mathias manages Fabpad. Nerys has been fabric printing for over 10 years using reactive dyes and sublimation printing. Nerys is also an artist, her colour darkroom skills were the link into digital fabric printing as they transferred easily into colour matching digital print in a sampling room. As digital fabric printing has expanded and become more accessible a diverse creative skills base gives customers a more nuanced service and capability. Nerys gained a Doctorate in Fine Art last year from UEL, digital fabric printing was used in her final exhibition.

Lucy Offen is textiles/print designer for ASOS womenswear. Lucy graduated from Central Saint Martins with a 1st class honours from the BA fashion print course. She has experience in screen printing, sublimation and digital printing, her main enthusiasm being for illustration and textile design. Lucy has gained experience working for both high end and high street brands such as Diane Von Furstenburg, Christopher Kane, Holly Fulton and H&M gaining insight into the fashion industry and the nature of printed textiles.

ThomFong is a design consultancy that was born in 2015 through a shared vision and love of ideas, design and making between David Thomas and Vicki Fong. David is the Programme Leader For BA Fashion Design at the University of East London. He completed his BA hons in Fashion and Textiles at Ravensbourne College, before graduating from Central St Martins with an MA in Menswear. Vicki currently lectures at the University of East London and at Brighton University. She completed her BA hons in Fashion Textiles with Business Studies at Brighton University, before graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Printed Textiles.

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