Anthony Devine, founder and creative director of Ministry of Upholstery and star of the BBC's ‘Money for Nothing’ programme, will run live workshops on the YPS stand at Sign and Digital UK each day to demonstrate how accessible upholstery print production can be.
Devine - who champions digitally printed textiles - set up Ministry of Upholstery in Manchester in 2013. It has a workshop that he uses to teach people how to create bespoke pieces of furniture using their own personalised fabric. (see IR’s interview http://bit.ly/2HrtUdU)
“We’re pioneering a new way of learning, which is accessible, flexible and inclusive,” said Devine, who outsourced materials printing for several years before buying a Mimaki TS300-1800 printer and heat transfer press through Mimaki reseller YPS. At Sign and Digital UK, he will demonstrate various upholstery processes and discuss why digital print is his preferred tool when it comes to creating bespoke pieces.
“Making our customers aware of new technology, materials and the opportunities they create is a responsibility we take very seriously, and we can see this echoed in the ethos of Ministry of Upholstery. Anthony is a fantastic ambassador for embracing personalised digital textile print for the home decor market,” said Georgia Brown, YPS sales director.
“Digitally printed textiles are expected to grow three-fold globally in the next five years and the market sector is worth over $20bn, of which an estimated 3-5% is currently digital,” Brown continued. “As a company, YPS is keen to support businesses looking to make the move into the digitally printed textile market and our stand at Sign and Digital UK reflects this.”